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Manufacturers growing in Thurston

Manufacturers growing in Thurston

The Thurston County Economic Development Council and Thurston Chamber hosted a tour of select manufacturing companies in the county Friday to highlight the growing significance this business sector has on the South Sound.

Manufacturing represents some $500 million in payroll in the county, a figure that has steadily been growing.

November 2009

Data shows workforce, jobless growth

Unemployment rates were higher in September than a year earlier in 371 of the 372 metropolitan areas in the U.S. and lower in just one area, according to a new report today from Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland, is the only metropolitan area in the country where employment increased year-over-year.

Within the Tacoma-Seattle-Bellevue statistical calculations, the numbers of persons comprising the available civilian labor force grew by 56,500 from September 2008 to 2009.

October 2009

Workers Comp rate hearing next week

The Department of Labor & Industries said today it hopes for good attendance at public hearings next week on proposed workers' compensation insurance rates for 2010.

The agency will take testimony on a proposed 7.6 percent average increase in premiums next year at the sole South Sound hearing in Tumwater on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. in the L&I Headquarters, 7273 Linderson Way S.W.

October 2009

Local merchants accused in geoduck thefts

Three men face multiple charges of illegally buying geoduck clams, following a 13-month investigation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's enforcement program.

Kwang Mo Lee, 52, and Myung C. Lee, 48, have each been charged by Pierce County prosecutors with seven counts of buying geoduck clams without a commercial license.  Kluok Chan, 33, was charged with five counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

October 2009

People on the move

Nori Roman has been promoted from a commercial loan officer in Auburn to an assistant vice president and private banking relationship manager in Tacoma for Columbia Bank. She has resided in Tacoma for 10 years and serves on the board of Hope Sparks.

Gig Harbor BizBuilders Networking Groups chapter recently installed James Kruger as permanent chair to replace Alvin Mullins of Remax Town and Country.

James Holt is a new eMedia designer with Tacoma's Vision Service Group. He is a graduate of The Art Institute of Seattle.

October 2009

People on the move

Connie Covert, R.N., B.S.N., has been selected by her peers to be the "Mason General Hospital Employee of the Month" for October. An employee of the facility for nearly 35 years throughout the past 41 years, she started in the Birth Center (labor and delivery), moved to oncology, and then to the emergency department, where she still works part-time when she is not house supervisor.

The Society of Women Engineers has named Saint Martin's University professor Amanie Abdelmessih, Ph.D. as the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award. She is a professor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where she received tenure in 2001.

October 2009

New way to connect volunteers, needs

A grassroots effort has sprung up in Pierce County to marshal volunteers in their own neighborhoods. The idea is to give nonprofits a virtual bulletin board to post what they need -- and to get responses from local volunteers who are ready to help.

A local version of the Seattle web site is expected to launch Wednesday, Oct. 21 -- part social networking, part events calendar, part public service -- empowers residents to build better neighborhoods. Its interface allows short-staffed nonprofits to jumpstart new projects and get the assistance they need -- even on short notice.

October 2009

People on the move

Pat Flynn is receiving the St. George Award from the American Cancer Society. Her work on the local and national levels to support the growth and expansion of Relay For Life.

Erin Dafoe has joined Apex Karting in Tumwater as an Event Planner specializing in "Non-Traditional" events.

October 2009

Legislator unhappy with report

Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, whose legislative district includes McNeil Island with its prison marked for possible closure, is not happy about the recommendation.

"When the Legislature passed House Bill 1244, it became a given that facilities were going to be recommended for either downsizing or closure," the lawmaker said in a statement today. "I'm pleased that OFM (Office of Financial Management) has only suggested reducing the number of beds at McNeil Island rather than closing it down permanently, as there are a number of other services the facility provides, such as to the Special Commitment Center for violent sex predators also on the island."

October 2009

People on the move

Realtor Shelley Westall has joined Greene Realty Group as a sales associate. Greene Realty Group is an Olympia-based, full-service real estate business utilizing marketing in the forms of print and Web publications to broadcast real estate offerings to the widest population.

Quinn Zander-Conn, senior vice president and CFO of Lakewood's Northwest Commercial Bank, recently graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School, according to Kurt Graff, bank President and CEO. Pacific Coast Banking School, in partnership with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington, offers a three-year, graduate-level course. Zander-Conn is a native of Puyallup and attended Western Washington University, where he earned a degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance. He also attended Saint Martin's University for related accounting courses. Before joining Northwest Commercial Bank in 2006 as assistant to CFO George McNelly, Zander-Conn spent three years at Columbia Bank.

October 2009
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