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Boeing, SEEPA reach draft deal

Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace union negotiators and Boeing Co. officials have announced that they have reached tentative contracts that would cover some 21,000 engineers and technical workers around Puget Sound as well as in Oregon, Utah and California.

SEEPA leaders will announced later today if they plan to endorse the contract for approval by union members. The current contract is set to expire Dec. 1.

November 2008

Financial crisis freezes consumer spending

As expected, consumers put their wallets into hibernation as the full scope of the financial crisis took hold in October. The National Retail Federation reports that retail sales for October decreased 0.5 percent from September.

November 2008

People on the move

Washington State Tourism Commission has elected Kimberly Bennett, CEO of the Southwest Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau, to serve as co-chair of the commission. She takes over the role from Kris Watkins of the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau. Washington State Tourism Commission co-chairs are elected to serve for one-year.
 
The Museum of Glass is the recipient of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Annual Award for 2008. The award was presented to Museum of Glass Director Timothy Close at the Sculpture Objects and Functional Art exposition in Chicago. AACG is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass. 

November 2008

Coldwell Banker expands locally

As real estate firms across the country shrink daily, closing offices and letting Realtors go, a Federal Way-based office is beating the downward trend. Coldwell Banker Danforth & Associates, Inc., the largest single Coldwell Banker office in the nation, recently announced its acquisition of Coldwell Banker Del Bianco Realty, Inc.
 
Phyllis Danforth, CBDA's president, has survived many of the market's highs and lows during her more than 35 years in the real estate business. As one of the first women to own an office, the industry pioneer says her company's continued growth is directly tied to her office's ability to offer real estate agents the best value proposition in the industry. 

November 2008

Well Fargo tops in business lending

The latest federal Community Reinvestment Act data, showed that Wells Fargo loaned $650 million to Washington small business owners last year. It also loaned more than $26 million in Small Business Administration financing to businesses in the state, making it the second-ranked SBA lender in the state.
 
"As the number one small business lender in Washington, according to CRA data, Wells Fargo remains committed to helping our customers access resources and capital critical to the financial health of their businesses," said Patrick Yalung, regional president for Wells Fargo. "We know today's economy is challenging for small businesses. At Wells Fargo, our priority is, as always, helping our customers succeed financially."  

November 2008

COFFEE BREAK: worker stress

The Business Examiner would like to know what sorts of concerns your workers have about the state of the economy and if those concerns are finding themselves in the workplace discussions more often than in previous months.

To reply to the poll, send an e-mail to news@BusinessExaminer.com. Poll results will be published in Friday's BE Daily. 

November 2008

Pierce-based effort seeks speed record

A joint effort between American and Canadian engineers, called North American Eagle, is set to test its 50,000-horsepower F-104 jet car in an attempt to travel more than 800 mph to bring the land speed record back to the United States. The title is currently held by an English team. North American Eagle is based in a hangar at Shady Acres Airport near Spanaway.

November 2008

Boeing employee harvest 2 million meals

Three area food distributors recently accepted donations of nearly $400,000 from The Boeing Co., Boeing employees and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound.

The three distributors accepted the contributions during the annual Boeing employees' Food & Essentials drive. The donations will generate nearly 2 million meals for the region or enough to feed about 5,600 families of four for a month.

Boeing representatives announced the results during a celebration event at Northwest Harvest's warehouse in Kent. Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest and the Emergency Food Network, all of which distribute resources to Puget Sound food banks, accepted the checks.

November 2008

Kreidler launches anti-fraud Web site

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is using his office's Web site to help fight insurance fraud.

In an effort to protect consumers, the fraud section of the site has been expanded to educate people on how to recognize and avoid fraud, and to make reporting easier. It also features facts about fraud and examples of real cases.

November 2008

Tank maker moves to Satsop

When the Satsop Development Park was first conceived as a way to reuse the mothballed and unfinished nuclear power plant in Grays Harbor, community leaders believed the park's former Turbine Building some day would be home to a special company with the vision to see opportunity reflected in the facility's unique, super-sized assets.

That day has finally come, said Satop officials now that Brown-Minneapolis Tank Co.  has signed a 15-year lease with seven, extension options, with the Grays Harbor Public Development Authority for the complex and 10 acres of surrounding property. 

November 2008
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