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06/30/15

New federal over-time pay rules proposed

New federal wage rules proposed today would expand over-time pay to all workers earning less than $47,892 per year. We have links to the documents outlining the proposed increase in this article.

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06/30/15

$15 Now fires back at minimum wage plans

Working Washington, a labor lobby group that has been pushing the $15 minimum wage debate in the Puget Sound region, shot back at the two proposals presented by the Tacoma Minimum Wage Task Force today.

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06/30/15

Vendors sought for Thurston County Fair

Craftspersons and small businesses are being recruited to exhibit at this summer's Thurston County Fair scheduled for July 29 through August 2nd.

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06/30/15

HVAC contractors recognized by PSE

Three South Sound energy contractors are among 17 highlighted by Puget Sound Energy for delivering outstanding work to customers seeking greater electrical and natural gas efficiencies.

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06/30/15

Ex-Im Bank to shut down tonight

Tonight at midnight, the Ex-Im Bank charter will expire, as a result of Congress not renewing it before its 4th of July recess

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06/30/15

Oly labor rally off, Tacoma still on

State government workers have called off tomorrow's planned labor union rally now that the Legislature adopted a budget assuring their pay raises. Community backers of $15 minimum wage, on the other hand, will take to downtown Tacoma streets this afternoon.

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06/29/15

Former Tacoma deputy mayor is new LeMay museum COO

Former Tacoma Deputy Mayor Paul E. Miller has been named president and COO of LeMay-America's Car Museum.

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06/29/15

Survey: Tacoma among "expensive cities" to do business

A new study has named Tacoma one of the 20 most expensive cities to do business in the Western United States.

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06/29/15

Council to consider two minimum wage proposals

Tacoma’s Minimum Wage Task Force has wrapped up its work and will be presenting two proposals to Tacoma City Council at tomorrow’s meeting.

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06/26/15

Discipline for care providers in Thurston, Mason counties

The Washington State Department of Health has announced discipline against a pair of health care providers in the South Sound, according to a news release.

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06/26/15

Kitsap Bank opens $20,000 small business competition

Today, Kitsap Bank announced its second annual edg3 FUND small business competition, which recognizes entrepreneurs "dedicated to growing our community in three ways: economically, socially and environmentally."

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06/26/15

Expanded infusion clinic to open at St. Anthony Hospital

A newly expanded infusion clinic is set to open this month at Gig Harbor’s St. Anthony Hospital, part of the CHI Franciscan Health network.

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06/26/15

Sierra Pacific scoops up Lewis County timberland

Murray Pacific Corporation announced today that it has sold nearly 54,000 acres of timberland to Sierra Pacific Industries, marking the end of its 104-year history in the business.

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06/25/15

Tacoma executive reappointed to federal advisory committee

Rod Rasmussen, president of Tacoma-based cybersecurity firm IID, has been reappointed by the Federal Communications Commission to an advisory committee on the security of communications systems.

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06/25/15

CHI Franciscan gets elite rating for cardiothoracic care

St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma has received an elite rating from a national medical organization for the quality of its cardiovascular care.

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06/25/15

Commencement Bank joins public marketplace

To better position itself for investors, Commencement Bank is going public on the OTCQX Best Marketplace.

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06/24/15

Tacoma unveils streamlined permitting for sidewalk cafes

With summer upon the Pacific Northwest, the City of Tacoma is encouraging its businesses to take advantage of the warmer weather by launching a streamlined process for permitting sidewalk cafes.

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06/24/15

Deadline extended for Tacoma's Business Tax Amnesty Program

The City of Tacoma is extending the application deadline for its Business Tax Amnesty Program to July 10.

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06/24/15

Reputable injury law firm gets name change

After 22 years, Tacoma-based Messina Bulzomi Christensen Law will be getting a name change. Just call it Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel.

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06/23/15

Looking to mitigate cost of minimum wage? Just be careful

Today, Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a set of guidelines businesses must follow if they are going to add surcharges related to minimum wage costs.

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06/23/15

U.S. Open breaks merchandise record

According to a United States Golf Association spokesperson, the U.S. Open recorded the best merchandise sales in its 115-year history.

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06/23/15

New survey shows opposition to 15 Now

Tacoma is "strongly opposed" to an immediate $15 per hour minimum wage, according to a survey released by lobbying group Northwest Grocery Association.

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06/23/15

South Sound sees unemployment rise in May

May was not a nice month to South Sound counties when it came to unemployment numbers, according to numbers released today by the Washington Employment Security Department.

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06/22/15

Burn ban growing today

A burn ban on all state-protected public lands in Washington begins today and will extend through the end of September, according to officials. Warm, dry conditions are the cause.

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06/22/15

U.S. Open: Now, the clean up begins

A successful U.S. Open golf tournament wrapped up yesterday at Chambers Bay. Today, it's bargain shopping and the start of work to return the site to a public golf course and park.

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06/22/15

Thurston permit process to protect gophers

Builders still worry about potential costs of regulations meant to protect Mazama pocket gophers.

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06/22/15

Grays Harbor oyster processor, exec plead guilty

Willapa Bay in Grays Harbor county may be less polluted now that an oyster processing plant has pleaded guilty to improper waste water discharges.

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06/22/15

Manufacturing earnings off in Q1 2015

Personal income earnings from manufacturing of durable goods in Washington state fell almost 3 percent to start 2015, according to new data today.

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06/22/15

Local university to study ‘pot’ use

Research done in part by a professor and students at University of Puget Sound will study whether legalization has increased the use of marijuana.

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06/19/15

Gig Harbor Chamber already observing Open impact

The Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce is already seeing the impact of the U.S. Open in nearby University Place.

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06/19/15

Fewer vessels, but more TEUs at ports

According to the Port of Tacoma, vessel calls to the two Puget Sound ports have dropped 5 percent year to date in May, but larger vessels have been responsible for improving container volumes

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06/19/15

Manke Lumber fined for safety violations

Manke Lumber Company of Tacoma has been fined for 25 serious and 11 general safety and health violations, with fines totaling $87,120, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries announced today.

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06/19/15

Gig Harbor looks at allowing food trucks

Monday, June 22, Gig Harbor City Council will be looking at whether to allow food trucks outside of special use permits and special event permits.

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06/18/15

Minimum Wage Task Force mulling options

Currently, the city of Tacoma Minimum Wage Task Force is considering four alternatives to increase the minimum wage, as well as whether to implement exemptions and credits.

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06/18/15

TPA gets second chance in Senate

House Republicans today successfully rallied and pushed through TPA as a standalone bill, with 218 yes votes to 208 no votes. It will go back to Senate, where it will have to be voted on again.

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06/18/15

Port commission authorizes major property deal

The Port of Tacoma Commission has given its go ahead to allow commercial developer Prologis to take over 78.5 acres of real estate in the Port of Tacoma's industrial area.

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06/18/15

Lake Tapps to open for 'passive recreation' this weekend

The Cascade Water Alliance announced today that the Lake Tapps Reservoir will officially be open for passive recreation beginning Saturday, June 20 at 8 a.m. It will remain closed to motorized craft.

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06/17/15

Tacoma's Solid Waste Management honored

The City of Tacoma’s Solid Waste Management won the 2015 Gold Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America for Tacoma’s residential collection system.

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06/17/15

Pierce, Thurston see employment, wages increase over the year in Q4

According to new data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, none of the largest counties in Washington — including two in the South Sound —lost employment or decreased their average weekly wage over the year between December 2013 and December 2014.

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06/17/15

State unemployment rate dips below national average

For the first time in about a year, Washington's unemployment rate fell below the national average, according to estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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06/17/15

Trampoline park franchise targets South Sound

Sky Zone Trampoline Park is seeking entrance into the Seattle market, with the South Sound as a potential landing spot for a franchise.

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06/16/15

Port of Tacoma commissioners to consider Prologis lease

The future of approximately 78.5 acres of real estate in the Port of Tacoma's industrial area will be on the table at a Thursday's meeting, where the Port's commissioners are expected to consider a 50-year lease with Prologis.

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06/16/15

Construction leader Dickson passes away

A June 22 funeral service will be held for South Sound construction industry leader William "Bill" Dickson, who passed away on Friday, June 12, at the age of 96.

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06/16/15

Tacoma insurance broker fined by commissioner

The office of Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has issued a list of insurance professionals fined in May, including a $500 penalty against a Tacoma broker.

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06/15/15

Fitch upgrades outlook for City of Tacoma

Fitch Ratings has upgraded its outlook for the City of Tacoma from stable to positive.

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06/15/15

Gig Harbor asks businesses for voluntary water restrictions

Effective immediately, the City of Gig Harbor is asking businesses to join residents within its water service area to participate in voluntary water restrictions.

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06/15/15

Gig Harbor company to offer Chambers Bay tours during Open

Gig Harbor-based tour boat operator Destiny Harbor Tours has added guided excursions to view Chambers Bay Golf Course from the water during the U.S. Open, though the tour won't breach the established security zone near the course.

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06/12/15

Tacoma medical marijuana still in limbo

The city is currently reviewing new state legislation and hops to present local enforcement options to the city council at a study session on Aug. 4.

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06/12/15

U.S. Open merchandise tent sees record opening

In the 21 years at her job, Mary Lopuszynski, United States Golf Association senior director and head of merchandising, says this is the most excited she's seen people get for the U.S. Open.

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06/12/15

Earthquake summit for businesses to be held in Kent

Emergency management professional Jon Mitchell, of New Zealand's Massey University, will offer a keynote speech and will "dish advice" on how to protect your business along with other experts.

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06/12/15

TPA passes house, but with caveat

Trade Promotion Authority passed through the House of Representatives, but not in the manner that many Washington businesses with a stake in the global market had hoped.

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06/11/15

CHI Franciscan appoints interim president at St. Elizabeth

CHI has appointed Tony McLean, currently the president of Federal Way’s St. Francis Hospital, as interim president at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw.

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06/11/15

Port of Olympia fills vacant commission seat

Port of Olympia has filled its vacant District 3 Commission seat, with Michelle Morris taking the position vacated two months ago by Sue Gunn.

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06/11/15

Lakewood's RAM Restaurant nets brewing awards

Lakewood-based RAM Restaurant and Brewery has been recognized by the North American Brewers Association at the 19th Annual North American Beer Awards.

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06/10/15

Seahawks' Avril to appear at Puyallup Verizon opening

The Seattle Seahawks’ Cliff Avril will be the guest of honor at the Verizon Wireless Smart Store’s grand opening in Puyallup on Monday, June 15.

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06/10/15

Strickland, other mayors push House to adopt 'fast track'

Having done the same addressed to Senate leaders last month, the U.S. Conference of Mayors — including Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland — doubled down on its support for the “fast track” trade bill with a letter urging House leaders to adopt the legislation.

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06/10/15

U.S. Open merchandise pavilion opens tomorrow

The U.S. Open's new merchandise pavilion will be opening up to the public for pre-championship shopping tomorrow, Thursday, June 10.

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06/10/15

UPS to host computer science consortium

Computer science professors from around the nation are descending upon the University of Puget Sound as part of the Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium (LACS), June 25 through June 27.

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06/10/15

Tacoma business owner arrested for gambling operation

Last Saturday, Tacoma-based Billards Hall owner Tuyen Nguyen was arrested for allowing illegal gambling to take place on the premises.

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06/09/15

Bevy of marketing awards for CHI Franciscan

CHI Franciscan Health’s 2014 marketing efforts have been rewarded with several awards, the Tacoma-based health system announced.

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06/09/15

Topia Technology to offer enterprise cybersecurity

Businesses will be able to take advantage of military-grade cybersecurity, thanks to Tacoma's Topia Technology.

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06/09/15

Sprint to expand cellular capacity at Chambers Bay

To account for the extra 235,000 people that will be crowding Chambers Bay, Sprint announced that it is on site to help ensure "Sprint customers have a great experience."

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06/08/15

Bauer gives praise to South Sound banks, credit unions

Florida-based Bauer Financial has released its latest round of ratings and its giving lots of praise to South Sound banks and credit unions.

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06/08/15

MultiCare brings on new Chief Information Officer

Robert Biernbaum most recently served as Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer at Rochester Regional Health System in New York.

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06/08/15

Seaport Alliance agreement submitted to FMC

On Friday, the ports of Tacoma and Seattle voted to submit a final agreement to the Federal Maritime Commission for approval.

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06/05/15

Governor announces subcabinet for JBLM drawdown

Yesterday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the formation of a Subcabinet on Military Downsizing to address possible military reductions in the state.

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06/05/15

Gig Harbor chamber providing shuttle, app for U.S. Open

The Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce will be running shuttle service from downtown Gig Harbor to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay from June 15 to June 21.

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06/05/15

MultiCare to provide first aid help at U.S. Open

Tacoma's MultiCare Health System has been given the responsibility of providing on-site first aid assistance at the 2015 U.S. Open Golf Tournament.

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06/05/15

Port of Tacoma optimistic with midyear forecast

Tom Bellerud, director of business development, is confident the Port of Tacoma will be able to cover the deficit left over from this year's labor slowdown.

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06/04/15

Sumner-based The Rock adds two new Texas restaurants

The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen, first opened in Tacoma and headquartered in Sumner, announced today the opening of two new additions to the chain: new restaurants in Arlington and Richardson, Texas.

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06/04/15

City of Tacoma, nonprofits join for loan matching program

Community Sourced Capital and Craft3 have come together to offer Tacoma small businesses a matching capital program.

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06/04/15

Fife adopts new identify effort

City of Fife is rolling out a new branding effort after an investment of Lodging Tax collections seeking to attract more visitors and even residents to the community. Tacoma's JayRay firm helps create the program.

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06/04/15

Washington Healthplanfinder to cover larger businesses

Washington Healthplanfinder Business announced today that it will expand its coverage to include businesses up to 100 employees. Previously it only included businesses of up to 50 employees.

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06/04/15

Housing supply in Pierce County at record lows

While home buyers are in “full sprint” mode, sellers appear to be stalling, according to brokers from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

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06/04/15

Executives of note

There will be a new communications manager at City Hall in Olympia starting next month. Kellie Purce Baseth, currently dean of college relations at SPSCC, will replace the retiring Cathie Butler.

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06/03/15

Grays Harbor getting more port work

Underwater channel dredging is planned to start this fall within Grays Harbor, deepening the navigational channels to 38-feet. The work was first authorized in 1986 and will finally conclude with this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract.

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06/03/15

Council votes to save Old City Hall

The Tacoma city council members have voted unanimously to authorize the purchase of Old City Hall for $4 million.

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06/03/15

U.S. trade balance improved in April

Fewer American consumers bought cell phones and textile goods in April, while customers in other countries continued to receive new airliners and other manufactured goods. The result was a drop in the International Trade Deficit over March.

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06/03/15

UWT nurses honor Medical Reserve Corps

South Sound medical professionals and organizations will be recognized next week by University of Washington Tacoma's nursing program with a Community Partner award.

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06/03/15

Spring comes to east Mt. Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King announced today that visitors can drive to the Sunrise area on the east side of the mountain starting this Friday morning. Seasonal snow-clearing has been finished and flowers are blooming.

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06/02/15

Stericycle in Morton fined by Ecology

Stericycle, a medical waste disposal firm in Morton, has been ordered by Department of Ecology to stop accepting bio-waste until its resolves problems at its Lewis County facility. A company spokesperson said they are working to comply.

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06/02/15

TriWest clarifies South Sound growth

Veterans residing in the South Sound will have more access portals to reach their retiree-earned health care benefits, now that TriWest Healthcare has doubled the staffing at its Puyallup service center by adding more than 150 jobs this month.

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06/02/15

Contractors group, unions agree

Four construction-related labor unions have reached new three-year collective bargaining agreements with the trade group, Associated General Contractors of Washington.

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06/02/15

City departments accredited

National accreditation has been awarded to City of Tacoma Public Works and Environmental Services departments.

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06/01/15

Public meeting for Port of Oly's Tumwater real estate

Port of Olympia is holding a June 11 public meeting on the master planning process for the development of its real estate in Tumwater.

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06/01/15

Are you getting your share?

In a business world increasingly swimming in 'big data,' too many managers are over-whelmed and end up doing mostly nothing with those inputs, according to a presenter at a recent conference of small and mid-sized manufacturers.

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06/01/15

77,000 tons … and counting

A study found that 45% of solid waste thrown away by companies in Thurston County last year was recyclable or compostable, and county staff is mounting an effort to help businesses reduce their throw-aways.

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