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August 2016

08/31/16

Start of school means limits on teen work hours

With the onset of the school year upon us, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is reminding employers to be aware of changes to work hours and requirements of teen employees.

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08/31/16

The Doctors Clinic aligns with CHI Franciscan in Kitsap

A day after announcing its intent to build a new hospital to serve the Kitsap peninsula, CHI Franciscan is doubling down on its commitment to the region.

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08/31/16

It's official: KPLU is publicly owned

KPLU is now officially a community-owned station (and, technically, no longer exists).

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08/31/16

Sale of Weyerhaeuser packaging board business complete

Weyerhaeuser took another step toward streamlining its operations today, announcing the completion of the sale of its liquid packaging board business.

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08/30/16

Bellevue firm exploring options on former Weyerhaeuser property

The 430-acre Weyerhaeuser property purchased by nationwide real estate and investment firm IRG last February is continuing to show new signs of movement.

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08/30/16

Full steam ahead for Gig Harbor Brewing Co.

With the demand arrow pointing steadily upward, Gig Harbor Brewing Co. has installed two new 20-barrel fermenters this week, nearly doubling its production capabilities.

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08/30/16

Tacoma tourism blitz hits Portland tomorrow

Tacoma’s tourism experts are looking south down Interstate 5 to attract visitors to the City of Destiny, with a public event in downtown Portland tomorrow showcasing the best Tacoma has to offer.

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08/30/16

CHI Franciscan seeks to build new Silverdale hospital

CHI Franciscan Health has formally submitted a letter of intent to the Washington State Department of Health requesting approval for a new hospital at Harrison Medical Center-Silverdale.

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08/29/16

Milgard contributes to World Vision programs

A pair of South Sound companies are coming together to help kids in struggling families stay sheltered and further their educations.

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08/29/16

Online auction set for Thurston County computers

Need some hardware? Thurston County is holding an online auction for computers and laptops.

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08/29/16

Providence St. Peter named top three hospital in WA

Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia has been recognized as a top three hospital in the state of Washington by U.S. News & World Report.

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08/26/16

National recognition for South Sound SCORE chapter

The South Sound Tacoma SCORE Chapter has been recognized as a national platinum chapter at the SCORE national convention held in St Louis.

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08/26/16

Sound Transit selects Absher for Northgate station

Absher Construction in Puyallup has been selected by Sound Transit’s board of directors to build the Northgate station, guideway and parking garage that will serve the Seattle district when light rail service begins there in 2021.

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08/26/16

Agriplex celebrates grand opening at fairgrounds

A pair of South Sound businesses celebrated with the Washington State Fair this week with the opening of the Agriplex at the Washington State Fairgrounds.

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08/25/16

Food truck fest on Saturday

Food purveyors on four wheels will bring crowds to Spanaway Saturday afternoon for the 2nd annual Mobile Food Fest.

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08/25/16

Day(s) of Caring set for Thurston

Business teams and organization volunteers will have two days this fall for United Way of Thurston County's "Day of Caring" participation.

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08/25/16

Q2 Housing market update

The median price of single-family homes sold in Washington climbed between April and June this year set a new record high, eclipsing the prior price set in early 2007.

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08/25/16

T-Dome taps Gig Harbor distillery

The prolific spirits producer, Heritage Distilling Co., in Gig Harbor is opening a new lounge inside Tacoma Dome. First pours will be tomorrow (Friday) night during a concert performance.

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08/24/16

JBLM skies to fill with T-birds

An estimated 200,000 visitors are expected this weekend at the large airshow and warrior demonstration hosted by JBLM and McChord Field.

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08/24/16

Workers’ Comp scam priced at $81,000

Felony charges were presented against a South Sound man for allegedly receiving workers' compensation payments, while also continuing to work.

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08/24/16

King County residents spending more

With more jobs filled over the prior year, it shouldn't be surprising to see a rise in consumer spending throughout King County from 2014 to 2015, and that trend will likely continue.

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Next Tacoma apartment project to start

08/24/16

Next Tacoma apartment project to start

Hebert Brothers construction and developers of Auburn is starting a new project adjacent to its Reverie at Marcato condos in downtown Tacoma.

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08/24/16

Insurance firms fined big

Citing problems in dealing with consumer complaints, two large insurance carriers that operate in Washington were fined $750,000 in an action announced today.

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08/23/16

State GDP growth leads the nation

Strength in local real estate activity, construction and retail trade lead Washington to be tied for the fastest growth rate in real GDP of any state in the nation for first quarter 2016.

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08/23/16

Community Foundation invests $170,000

Community-building activities and organizations gained from the summer distribution of funding by the South Sound's largest community-based foundation.

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08/23/16

Celebrating construction end in Centralia

Nearly a decade of freeway expansion work through Lewis County is now complete, to the delight of motorists headed south to Portland and beyond.

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08/23/16

South Sound jobless rates exceed state

While there are 100,000 more jobs in Washington state today over the same point of 2015, local unemployment rates remain higher than the statewide average, which itself exceeds the U.S. rate.

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2 resort concepts for Chambers Bay

08/23/16

2 resort concepts for Chambers Bay

Two development proposals for available property adjacent to Chambers Bay Golf Course were revealed to Pierce County Council and the public today.

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08/22/16

‘Best first-half in 108 years’

Strong growth in its lending portfolio -- up 22 percent from last year -- helped the holding company for Kitsap Bank to record results not seen before in its century-plus of operations.

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08/22/16

9 years & counting ...

Even in a relatively small healthcare organization, technology can be a multiplier for good effect, and Shelton-Mason County's network is winning recognition for its work.

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08/22/16

Accountants win marketing recognition

Innovative advertising campaign brings award to South Sound accounting firm – and results.

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08/22/16

Tacoma firm #3 for 2015 growth

Tacoma financial firm is growing fast – and a national magazine noticed.

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08/19/16

Investigation nets over $66K in back pay for workers

A state investigation into a company that closed before paying employees everything they were owed on two public projects has resulted in 28 workers receiving more than $66,500 in back pay.

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08/19/16

Microsoft recognizes DuPont's Alliance

Alliance Enterprises, Inc., of Dupont has been named the Microsoft Rising Star Partner of the Year in the state and local government sector.

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08/19/16

DOH approves additions to Good Samaritan Hospital

MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup has received approval from the Washington State Department of Health to add 66 new acute care beds.

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08/18/16

Report sees demand for industrial space in Kent Valley

A global real estate service firm notes a small bump in the Kent Valley industrial market’s second quarter vacancy rate, but expects high demand to remain.

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08/18/16

Health Department recognizes EnviroStars

Next week, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will use radio spots to recognize 10 companies that made special efforts to balance business with environmentally responsible practices.

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08/18/16

Tanker crash in Fife causes chaos for businesses

A traffic accident caused major havoc for businesses around Fife today as a tanker truck carrying 7,700 gallons of fuel overturned near Port of Tacoma road, spilling gas around the vicinity and causing both directions of Interstate 5 to close.

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08/17/16

Kent's The January Company acquired by Texas firm

The January Company, a longtime Kent-based manufacturer of Chinese-style meat products, has been acquired by Tall Tree Foods out of Houston.

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08/17/16

Reber Ranch to debut Pet Central on Friday

Reber Ranch, the family-owned pet and feed retailer based in the South Sound for more than three decades, will debut a new brick-and-mortar brand on Friday when Pet Central opens in Kent.

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08/17/16

State jobless rate steady, with new jobs

Little change is included in today's July unemployment report for Washington and its counties. But comparisons to one year ago continue to be very strong, with an estimated 100,000 additional jobs created since mid-summer 2015.

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08/17/16

Olympia CFP office joins Cornerstone

A Tacoma-based financial planning practice is extending its services to Olympia-area clients, through a purchase of a group affiliated a CPA firm in the capital area.

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08/16/16

Hospitals group promotes from within

Washington statewide trade group representing hospitals has chosen from within its own executive ranks to name its new leader effective 2017.

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08/16/16

Developer helps find project funding

Gig Harbor-based developer has helped find construction financing for an apartment and retail project in Seattle.

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08/16/16

Local cost-of-living also climbs

Consumers' costs to live in western Washington have gone up over the past year faster than most other U.S. cities, but so has the average earnings level.

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08/16/16

Satsop celebrates start of CNG plant

Industrial use of natural gas can be problematic where a ready supply by pipeline is not available, but a new operation at Satsop Business Park extends the service area.

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08/16/16

State’s tax haul continues strong

Retail sales tax collections in Washington are running higher than a year ago, especially from motor vehicles, food and beverages, sporting goods, toys and books.

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08/15/16

State AG sues Tacoma Port, EDB, Chamber

Tacoma's port commission, EDB and Chamber of Commerce were sued today by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson over their combined efforts to keep citizens' petitions for restrictions on water use off the November ballot.

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08/15/16

CHI Franciscan, City MD open Seattle urgent care clinic

The partnership between Tacoma’s CHI Franciscan Health and New York City’s CityMD yielded brick-and-mortar dividends today with the opening of the two companies’ first West Coast urgent care center in Seattle.

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08/15/16

Orca Bay Seafoods confirms new Federal Way facility

Renton-based Orca Bay Seafoods has confirmed what was signaled by an application to the City of Federal Way earlier this month: the development of a new 314,424-square-foot warehousing, distribution, and processing center.

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08/15/16

REI debuts new online outlet store

The Kent-based outdoor retail co-op has replaced its previous online outlet store, aptly named REI Outlet, with the newly launched REI Garage.

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08/15/16

Two days until ‘Club 40’ opens

Event planners have the 'hootch' secured and party favors in hand for Wednesday's "Club 40" celebration of "40 Under Forty" honorees for 2016. The party will be at Tin Can Alley in Tacoma's Freighthouse Square district.

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08/12/16

KPLU's new call letters: KNKX

The station’s new call letters — which stand for “connects” — were announced today by Friends of 88.5 FM.

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08/12/16

WCIT applauds longshore union's decision to meet with PMA

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s Thursday decision to discuss a contract extension with the Pacific Maritime Association is already drawing praise from industry stakeholders.

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08/12/16

Law firm has new home in historic Tacoma building

Downtown Tacoma’s Bowes Building has been home to a host of local businesses for more than a century, and the newest — Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel — is eager to show off the historic building’s complete renovation.

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08/12/16

40: Marketing results & serving the ‘bar’

Marketing drives growth, when it's driven by "40 Under Forty" talent. And transforming from one kind of 'bar' service to another.

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08/11/16

Pickleball companies to merge in Kent

Game on: Kent’s PickleballCentral has announced the acquisition of fellow recreation firm Pickle-ball, Inc., in a move that has the company’s leaders excited about further promoting the sport at large.

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08/11/16

Longshore union delegates vote to meet with PMA

More than 100 union delegates from 30 West Coast ports gathered this week to decide whether the International Longshore and Warehouse Union should talk to employers about extending the current collective bargaining agreement.

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08/11/16

Harbor Wholesale strikes deal with Taco Time

Lacey’s Harbor Wholesale Foods has announced a three-year distribution partnership with Taco Time Northwest, serving 75 restaurants throughout Washington.

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08/11/16

40: ‘Nail Fairy’ & peer-recognized leadership

Providing personal services 'on-the-go' is a business approach that also has a charitable arm. For another 40 Under Forty honoree, a time-out from college studies helped identify a career with real growth opportunities.

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08/10/16

Oly credit reporting firm acquires Virginia company

Ansonia Credit Data, an Olympia-based business credit reporting service, has acquired Richmond, Va.-based Gallium Technologies LLC.

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08/10/16

Hop to it, Thurston County Fair

In a civics lesson outside of the classroom, kids who attended last week's Thurston County Fair voted in an election to choose the mascot for 2017's Fair.

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08/10/16

SBA launches new website for gov't contracting

Looking to do business with the federal government? The Small Business Administration has just launched a new website to streamline the application process.

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08/10/16

Wider Panama Canal good for NW, Port says

After years warning about how a larger Panama Canal would be a tough competitor to port traffic in Tacoma and Seattle, now Northwest Seaport Alliance is finding some rainbows in the change.

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08/10/16

40: Expanding healthy communities

Creating a healthcare model that works for the future and working to construct buildings and community to serve all are passions of these two "40 Under Forty" honorees.

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08/09/16

Re-fi the debt, save $4.1M

Taking advantage of today's low interest rate environment, a Shelton-based utility acted today to replace higher-cost old debt with new borrowing -- and save a quarter-million dollars per year for the next dozen years.

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Orting manufacturer growing again

08/09/16

Orting manufacturer growing again

A long-time Pierce County company, that out-grew its original location near the port in 1984, is now expanding again at its Orting plant location.

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08/09/16

Biz contest deadline extended

Entry deadline for a contest that will award $20,000 capital investment to a small business in Western Washington has extended.

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08/09/16

People on the Move

A number of women have new roles in South Sound business groups and educational institutions.

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08/09/16

40: Banker, catering pro – both began young

His first bank job came when Paul Long was 16 and today he's a small business banking manager. Danielle Panzer built from a rough start in high school to excel in the catering business. Both are "40 Under Forty" honorees.

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08/08/16

CHI Franciscan announces new midwifery center

CHI Franciscan Health has announced that it will open a new outpatient midwifery facility at the St. Joseph Medical Center campus in Tacoma.

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08/08/16

Another acquisition for Oly's Bekins Northwest

Olympia-based Bekins Northwest expands its footprint of relocation and storage services in the state with the addition of a Moses Lake facility.

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08/08/16

Apply first, before the State Farm job fair

State Farm insurance managers expect to interview several hundred applicants at a Job Fair on Tuesday to be held at Tacoma's Hotel Murano.

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08/08/16

UPS leader’s national honors

Psychological Association recognizes new UPS president for his accomplishments.

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08/08/16

40: ‘Addictive’ culture & wilderness tech

A banking career was born by too much detailed medical memorization in nursing studies, while another 40 Under Forty honoree is equally at home in technology and the wilderness.

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08/05/16

40: Worldwide health & local solutions

A humanitarian, author, medical professional and entrepreneur are all descriptions for one 40 Under Forty honoree, while another is working through public policy efforts to solve people's problems.

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08/05/16

More imports than exports cross dock

The federal government released June data today on international trade, and it shows Americans are buying more from the rest of the world than they are selling.

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08/05/16

Brews on the waterfront in the sunshine

Some 30 of the Pacific Northwest's regional mini-breweries will be featured at Saturday's Olympia Brew Fest.

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08/05/16

Seven CBB brokers make ‘Best’ list

With the booming residential real estate market, seven South Sound brokers are on a national list of Best Real Estate Agents.

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08/05/16

Wood products, real estate big for Weyco

A strengthening U.S. economy reflected in more home building added to Weyerhaeuser's second-quarter financial report. Wood Product sales and Real Estate activity both marked resurgences.

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08/04/16

Chicken scratchin’ in Lacey

The nationwide chicken fast-food outlet, Church's Chicken, will be opening in Lacey.

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08/04/16

Chehalis regains Chamber Way access

Local traffic is being stored to Chamber Way in Chehalis, following installation of a temporary span where a damaged section had to be removed.

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08/04/16

Homes market moving to ‘balance’

Slightly larger inventory of homes for sale is prompting some frustrated shoppers to look back into the housing market, according to brokers familiar with July data.

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08/04/16

40: Living ‘Frostyisms’ & protecting kids

Joey Mertlich and Phoebe Mulligan are two "40 Under Forty" honorees who each labor on behalf of children. He coaches Little League while helping parents and employers create programs for their future. She deals more directly with kids who have been hurt by trauma and abuse.

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08/03/16

40: Teaching in school, on the water

A school teacher who adds public policy engagement to help students in her classroom and an environmental advocate who helps youth grow with connection to the sea are today's 40 Under Forty honorees.

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08/03/16

Kent businesses to hear B&O update

Businesses in Kent agreed (reluctantly) some years back to a B&O tax that would fund street repairs.The discussion with city council members continues over alleged diversion of those taxes to other city projects.

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08/03/16

 Freeway traffic stuck on I-90

When the state's major east-west traffic corridor is closed by an accident, the impacts pile up for business traffic and travelers.

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08/03/16

$25k gift to Mason General Foundation

Local donations sustain the foundation supporting community hospital in Shelton-Mason County.

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08/03/16

10,000 more Tacoma-Lakewood jobs now

Tacoma-Lakewood and the surrounding county marketplace gained more than 10,000 payroll jobs in the year ended June 2016, according to new data released today.

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08/02/16

Hiring for new Fife warehouse

Another large warehouse in Fife is ready to open and its operator, Regal Logistics, is looking to hire for all positions.

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08/02/16

Kent legacy firm named to ‘Top 100’

A multi-generation family-owned logistics business in Kent has been named a Top 100 Provider by a national trade publication.

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08/02/16

40: Creative insomnia & ‘data geek’

Being a creative entrepreneur fits the bill for Juel Lugo, with her Masters in Fine Arts degree and creative passion. On the other hand, John Hoffman likes to delve deeply into data, applying numbers to efficiencies in customer service.

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08/02/16

State GDP growth leads nation

New statistics on economic performance shows that Washington state is leading the nation in terms of first quarter 2016 growth in Gross Domestic Product.

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State Farm to add 200 jobs in Tacoma

08/02/16

State Farm to add 200 jobs in Tacoma

Two hundred new jobs starting at $16 per hour minimum will be coming to downtown Tacoma this fall, as State Farm looks for candidates in a job fair next week.

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08/01/16

40: ‘Helping people’ & serving Tacoma’s youth

Two young leaders in Tacoma-Pierce County are focused on programs that 'help people,' especially youth in Tacoma.

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08/01/16

‘Solid’ Q2 earnings at Commencement Bank

Tacoma's Commencement Bank reported gains in total assets and total deposits for second-quarter 2016, with anticipation of even more positive results in the final six months, thanks to a new Enumclaw branch and a proposed merger with a bank in Olympia.

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08/01/16

First non-res construction drop in three years

It may be due to lower prices for construction materials, but the latest Census Bureau data shows commercial and industrial building projects are behind last year, and showed the first 12-month drop since July 2013.

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08/01/16

Another gopher change in Thurston

Procedures to protect the endangered species, Mazama pocket gophers, saw another change implemented today by Thurston County Commissioners. They will return the review process in County action, with additional approvals required from federal authorities.

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08/01/16

Comcast sued by State AG

Citing alleged violations of the state Consumer Protection Act, Washington's Attorney General today sued telecommunications giant Comcast Corp. on behalf of customers who, he claims, were overcharged for a service plan and other misdeeds.

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