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March 2015

03/31/15

KeyBank to close Hilltop branch

Citing a decline in business and trends in the bank industry, KeyBank has alerted customers that its Hilltop location in Tacoma will close on June 12.

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03/31/15

TPU looks to lease Click! to Wave Broadband

In an attempt to stave off continued, year-after-year multi-million deficits, Tacoma Public Utilities is looking to lease out Click! Network to Kirkland-based Wave Broadband.

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03/31/15

HopeSparks :: a Top Place to Work

HopeSparks, a nonprofit agency that provides counseling and other family support services in Pierce County, is a repeat finalist for the "Top Places to Work" recognition program. This year, however, is the first under new CEO Joe LeRoy, who was promoted less than a year ago.

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03/31/15

Keystone Masonry :: a Top Place to Work

Modern technology and systems adapted to a 5,000-year-old building craft is the story behind Keystone Masonry based in Yelm, a finalist for "2015 Top Places to Work."

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03/30/15

U.S. Commerce official to speak in Tacoma

No fooling: The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber will play host to a U.S. Commerce Department official as he speaks to community leaders on April 1.

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03/30/15

Busy week for Port of Tacoma commission

It's a busy week for Port of Tacoma commissioners, with the Seaport Alliance and new crane purchases on the agenda in two separate meetings.

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03/30/15

UPS to recognize SURGEtacoma founders for contributions

The University of Puget Sound School of Business and Leadership will be presenting Eli and Amber Moreno with a distinguished Corporate Friend award at its annual awards event on April 10.

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03/30/15

West Coast Publishing – Top Place to Work

A dedication to serve members of local military communities, active duty and retired, is a core value of West Coast Publishing, a finalist for "2015 Top Places to Work." The 10 employees follow a strong ownership focus to serve those who serve their country.

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03/30/15

Chuckals Office Products: Top Place to Work

Of course, excellent customer service is important, but creating a healthy workplace with workers who improve their own quality of live is an important part of the Chuckals Office Products' mission. Both are part of what makes this a finalist in "2015 Top Places to Work."

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03/27/15

KMB design groups :: a Top Place to Work

KMB design groups, an architectural studio of 22 professionals and support staff, is crowded into two separate buildings, 30 yards apart. The space challenge is an indicator of robust business activity and the only comment offered by employees in what could make their an even better "Top Place to Work."

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03/27/15

King County residents heading to Pierce

Looking at the data, Seattle Times columnist Gene Balk concludes that more and more people may be migrating from King County to Pierce County.

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03/27/15

After 76 years, Cartozian rugs is moving

On April 2, Cartozian Fine Flooring and Rugs will be opening up its new location in the Stadium District (at 49 Saint Helens Avenue), after 76 years in its Lincoln neighborhood location.

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03/27/15

Murano owner continues 2015 growth

Provenance Hotels, which owns and manages Hotel Murano in Tacoma, has continued its push for expansion in early 2015 by acquiring 100 percent ownership equity in Portland, Ore.'s Sentinel hotel.

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03/27/15

Worker: NW Steel and Pipe offer "a real blow"

Speaking about the Northwest Steel and Pipe Teamsters' unanimous Wednesday vote to strike, John Osko derided the company for proposing the elimination of the workers' defined benefit pension.

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03/27/15

Sound Credit Union to absorb Port of Seattle FCU

In February, the boards of Sound Credit Union and Port of Seattle Federal Credit Union unanimously approved a merger agreement. Next, they will need approval from state and federal regulators.

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03/26/15

NFIB argues against governor’s taxes

A statewide small business advocacy group is launching advertising to get residents to tell their state legislators not to enact new low carbon fuel taxes as proposed by the governor.

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03/26/15

Mount Rainier Park needs $300M catch-up

National Park Service's budget request to Congress includes $298.3 million to catch up on deferred maintenance items at Mount Rainier National Park. This would be in addition to the normal operating budget.

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03/26/15

Health exchange’s tally, 72 SHOP employers

After the second open enrollment period closed, 165-thousand Washingtonians -- and 72 employers -- have bought qualified health plan coverage through the state Healthplanfinder exchange.

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03/26/15

Port businesses recognized for contributions

The Port of Tacoma recognized three stakeholders for their contributions to port business with the fourth annual Summit Awards, presented on March 25 at the Port's Annual Breakfast.

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03/26/15

BPCI :: a Top Place to Work

"Family comes first" was one employee's comment about BPCI, a Puyallup construction company that's a finalist in "2015 Top Places to Work." Another survey of employees said, "Management support is unwavering," identifying a successful business strategy as well.

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03/25/15

Will gas prices slide with refinery strike over?

When labor unions stuck Arlington's Tesoro oil refinery in February, gas pump prices jumped up because of the possible interruption of supplies. Now that the strike is over, will prices return to a downward trend?

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03/25/15

Washington to lead study of Premera breach

The state Insurance Commissioner's office will lead a multi-stage investigation of Premera Blue Cross and its security breach last December that may have exposed private identification information on 11 million customers.

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03/25/15

Military-to-civilian transition extended

Federal funding has been extended to continue a jobs training program for individuals leaving military service at JBLM and heading into civilian jobs.

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03/25/15

Key Compounding Pharmacy - Top Place to Work

Key Compounding Pharmacy is a 50-year-old Federal Way company that totally engages its staff of 29 in providing personalized medicines for its customers, while also growing its employees.

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03/24/15

Big corporations settle into Sumner warehouse space

Samsung and Office Depot have recently taken up occupancy in the 350,000 square-foot Wenatchee Building in the Sumner Corporate Park.

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03/24/15

South Sound unemployment rates flat county-by-county

February county-by-county unemployment rates were published by the Employment Security Department of Washington state today, with the figure dropping slightly around the South Sound.

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03/24/15

Oly Orthopaedic Associates -- Top Place to Work

"A warm and welcoming place to work" is how one employee described Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, an Olympia and Yelm group of muscular skeletal care specialists and health care professionals. It is a finalist for Top Places to Work 2015.

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03/24/15

Mason County port gets new executive director

The Port of Allyn, which encompasses much of North Mason County and both sides of the Hood Canal, has named Lary Coppola as its new executive director.

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03/23/15

FW mayor looks to connect with biz owners

Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell is continuing his proactive stance toward the city's economic development with a series of "business connection" meetings throughout 2015, with the first set for tomorrow morning.

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03/23/15

Excitement around new Port of Olympia crane

Port of Olympia's new Gottwald mobile harbor crane, delivered earlier this month from Antwerp, Belgium, and assembled last week, has got the facility's staff buzzing with excitement.

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03/23/15

Columbia Bank :: a Top Place to Work

Columbia Bank with 540 South Sound employees is the largest employer among this year's finalists for "2015 Top Places to Work," but it remains focused on acting like a local, community-involved business that happens to have more than 150 branches in three states.

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03/23/15

Destination Harley :: a Top Place to Work

The first of 15 finalists from "2015 Top Places to Work" to be profiled in Daily Biz Briefs is Destination Harley Davidson in Fife. Along with his 36 employees, owner Ed Wallace Jr. shares a passion for the iconic American motorcycle with customers and staff.

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03/20/15

Bellevue developer plans Auburn mixed-use project

Bellevue-based Devco Inc. has applied to build a 14.5-acre mixed-use development in the Lea Hill neighborhood near Auburn and Kent.

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03/20/15

Auburn oil leak among list of BNSF violations

A January leak at BNSF's Auburn yard is among 14 incidents that has the railway company facing penalties from state rail safety regulators.

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03/20/15

Companies That Care :: Top Places to Work

15 Top Places to Work in the South Sound were identified today as finalists in the 2015 recognition program produced by Business Examiner Media Group with sponsorship from Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel, and Albers & Company.

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03/20/15

St. Clare personnel net national award

The perioperative nursing staff at CHI Franciscan's St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood has been recognized by the Competency and Credentialing Institute with the 2015 TrueNorth Award.

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03/19/15

Tacoma Mayor pushes 'fast track' trade bill

Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Puyallup-based Northwest Door owner Jeff Hohman were part of a press conference this afternoon to help promote "fast track" trade legislation in the U.S. Congress.

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03/19/15

Puyallup dentist's license restricted

The license of a Puyallup dentist has been immediately restricted after she and her staff allegedly didn’t properly monitor sedated patients, according to the state Department of Health.

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03/19/15

Construction to start on $19 million UPS expansion

University of Puget Sound will finally kick off construction on its new athletics and aquatics center this summer, with Gig Harbor based Washington Patriot Construction the lead builder on the project.

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03/19/15

City of Lacey suspends community market

Lacey Community Market, held at Huntamer Park every summer over the last several years, will be taking a one-year hiatus after City of Lacey staff decided this week to suspend the event.

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03/18/15

CHI Franciscan nets March of Dimes grant

The March of Dimes' Washington Chapter has awarded a one-year $20,000 grant to CHI Franciscan Health to support and expand the CenteringPregnancy Program in Tacoma.

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03/18/15

NW Hardwoods back to full production after port dispute

Vice President of Human Resources Brian Narramore said that the company had to cut shifts in half — from 40 hours a week to 20 hours a week — at its Centralia, Longview and Garibaldi, Oreg. sawmills for several weeks.

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03/18/15

Employers, employees join to top the goal

Lewis County employers and employees joined with other community residents and organizations to reach the annual campaign goal for United Way of Lewis County, according to a recent report from campaign leaders.

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03/18/15

State: Jobs picture stays strong

More persons had jobs and fewer claimed unemployment in February, but Washington state still had a tiny net loss of 600 jobs for the month, according today's report from Employment Security Department.

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03/18/15

PC Aids Foundation open house today

The leading support agency for persons suffering HIV/AIDS is opening its new home facility today in South Tacoma with a celebration and launch of a new campaign to reduce the stigma associated with the disease.

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03/17/15

Premera breach affects Washington residents

Premera/Blue Cross today announced that its family of insurance brands has been the target of a major data breach.

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03/17/15

Executives of note March 17

Several organizations have named new executive appointments this month, including St. Martin's University, City of Federal Way, state Attorney General, and Coldwell Banker Commercial Offenbecher Real Estate.

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03/17/15

Quadrant Homes expanding in GH

Another 33 single-family building lots have been added to the available inventory of Quadrant Homes, after the announced purchase in the Harbor Hill development near Gig Harbor developed by Pope Resources.

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03/16/15

Port dispute shows impact in Feb. box report

Container volumes were down 9 percent year to date for the ports of Tacoma and Seattle. Containerized imports fell nearly 16 percent year to date, while exports were down 8 percent.

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03/16/15

Union seeks vote at S.C. Boeing

Machinists union seeks vote to organize Boeing's South Carolina workers. The company maintains that IAM representation is not necessary, nor in the interest of its Charleston workforce.

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03/16/15

Thurston realtors recognized at awards dinner

During the Annual Awards Dinner last Friday, the Thurston County REALTORS Association recognized eight individuals for their contributions to the local real estate industry.

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03/16/15

Two South Sound shopping centers sold

Donahue Schriber Realty Group, a privately held Real Estate Investment Trust specializing in neighborhood, community and power shopping centers, has purchased two shopping complexes in the South Sound.

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03/16/15

Emerald Downs deal finalized

Last Friday, the Washington Horse Racing Commission finalized the deal for the Muckleshoot Tribe to take over Emerald Downs at Auburn City Hall.

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03/13/15

Rape charges get Auburn nursing assistant's license revoked

The Secretary of Health has revoked the license of an Auburn nursing assistant due to charges of sexual misconduct.

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03/13/15

South Sounders protest, support aerospace tax bill

Chris Green, vice president of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, is concerned the damage that could be done by House Bill 2147, which calls for conditions to be placed on aerospace tax credits.

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03/13/15

New Fresh Coat franchise opens in Olympia

Fresh Coat of Olympia, which offers residential and commercial painting services in and around Thurston County, has been opened by military veteran Kenneth Bartells.

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03/13/15

Milgard to open new plant in Texas

It was a big week for Tacoma's Milgard Windows & Doors, following up a big announcement with some regional recognition.

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03/13/15

Auburn legislator wants to ban Palcohol

Pam Roach, R-Auburn, announced today that she is seeking a total ban on powdered alcohol, or Palcohol, in Washington state.

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03/12/15

In-migration to Wash. sets records

More new residents came to Washington state in the past 12 months than in any year before, according to driver license data from the state Department of Licensing.

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03/12/15

UWT’s CSR conference held today in Seattle

Corporate Social Responsibility and business profitability was the theme of a day-long conference in Seattle today, sponsored by University of Washington Tacoma and its Milgard business school.

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03/12/15

Manager, schedule for Gig Harbor farmers market

The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance has released its plans for the new community-based Waterfront Farmers Market at Skansie Brothers Park.

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03/12/15

Bringing food donations to tellers

South Sound banks are joining in a month-long campaign to support local food banks by generating a "Million Meal March." Through the end of March, donations of non-perishable foods and cash can be made at most branches of participating banks.

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03/12/15

Meeting on new Olympia mixed use building

The city of Olympia will be hosting a public meeting concerning a design review proposal for the Tanasse Mixed Use Building at 409 Rogers St NW.

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03/11/15

UPS alums’ name going on campus building

Oppenheimer Hall to honor two University of Puget Sound alumni who continue support of and service to the Tacoma school.

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03/11/15

New trade data released by feds

New research data on the wholesale trade sector is now available from U.S. Census Bureau, and it shows a 20% growth over five years to 2012, even as the number of participants in wholesaling fell.

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03/11/15

Economist sees impact of ports’ stumble

The back-up of merchant ships at Ports of Tacoma and Seattle is being whittled away now that longshore workers are back on the job, but a national economist says the impact was felt on consumer spending to end last year.

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03/11/15

$15 wage drive moves to Olympia

Organized labor and low-wage workers will rally in Olympia for a march to City Hall, where they will urge passage of a $15 per hour minimum wage for all employers in the capital city.

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03/11/15

Make it in Washington gains $$

Training to help integrate manufacturing operations will be paid for in part by a $2.7 million federal grant to the Make it in Washington initiative, administered by Workforce Central Thurston County and the local EDC, through Impact Washington and other programs.

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03/10/15

SafePlace moving, thanks Morgan Transfer

SafePlace, Thurston County's only 24 hour sexual assault and domestic violence services provider, is moving into a new facility today, after 33 years in its original location.

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03/10/15

U.S. wholesale sales fell 3.1% in January

Wholesale merchants saw a dip in the economic recovery last month, as their sales fell 3.1 percent from December to end down 1 percent below the level of January 2014.

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03/10/15

One step closer to new medical school

Creation of a second medical school in Washington moved a step closer with this week's actions by the state Senate and House to eliminate a 1917 restriction that guaranteed UW would be the only producer of medical doctors.

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03/10/15

State drops another hit on Kent dentist

State health authorities today issued a temporary cease-and-desist order against Charles H. Pan, a dentist who has been practicing in Kent. His license was suspended in Oct. 2014, but the new claim alleges that he has continued treating patients.

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03/10/15

18,000+ new jobs in Washington in January

More than 100,000 new jobs added in state during 2014, with10,800 additional just in January this year. Those are the encouraging totals from this morning's release of employment data.

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03/09/15

Tacoma, Seattle Ports to meet tomorrow

Port of Tacoma commissioners and their counterparts from Seattle will be meeting tomorrow at SeaTac Airport, but the public will be included only in the first one hour of the all morning session.

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03/09/15

No-blade cataract surgery comes to Lacey

Advanced blade-free cataract surgery is now being offered in the South Sound, as Clarus Eye Center in Lacey has added a Catalys Precision Laser System.

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03/09/15

Insurance disciplinary fines announced

Failures to abide by state rules and regulations governing the insurance industry brought $10,500 in fines during February and two license revocations, according to an announcement today in Olympia.

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03/09/15

Camo 2 Commerce touts 90% placements

An update after its first year shows the Came 2 Commerce training and placement advisory program for military members transitioning to civilian jobs is having good impacts.

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03/09/15

A certifiable ‘ethical’ big bank

U.S. Bank now carries a designation as one of "2015 World's Most Ethical Companies," granted by the Ethisphere Institute.

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03/06/15

Prison-based tax fraud to bring more time

Federal court in Tacoma today accepted guilty pleas from Shannon Henderson, 45, who admitted time locked up at the Purdy correctional center connected her to a prison pen pal program, from which she stole identities and filed false tax returns.

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03/06/15

Final 520 pontoons afloat in Aberdeen

The final three of 33 football-field-size pontoons for Seattle's new 520 Floating Bridge will float out of their construction basin on Tuesday morning. An additional 44 stability pontoons were constructed in Tacoma for the massive project.

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03/06/15

Franchise honors for CB Evergreen Olympic

Olympia's Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty office is tops among the franchise operations of its size in the western U.S.

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03/06/15

Another strong Friday jobs report

Nearly 300,000 new jobs across the nation in February dropped the U.S. unemployment rate to 5.5 percent, the government reported this morning. Average hourly earnings rose by 3 cents to $24.78 per hour.

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03/06/15

New owner for Lakewood biz park

A California investment group has bought Lakewood 512 Business Park for $9.9 million, according to the real estate broker handling the transaction. The new owner sees opportunity with occupancy above 80 percent and rents 40 percent below peak levels.

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03/05/15

Cyber security brings 260 to Emerald Downs

Some 260 attendees converged at Emerald Downs in Auburn today to hear the latest about cyber security, thanks to an event organized by Pacific Northwest Economic Region and the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience.

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03/05/15

Executives of note

A quick look at recent high-level personnel changes and accolades around the South Sound.

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03/05/15

Fine, sanctions for Olympia moving firm

Olympia-based moving company agrees to pay $45,000 penalty for violating rules and regulations, then altering documents to conceal those mistakes from Utilities and Transportation Commission investigators.

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03/05/15

2014 a record year for visitor spending

Tacoma Pierce County businesses of many types shared in $1 billion in expenditures by visitors during 2014, according to the annual report released today by visitor travel promotion group.

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03/05/15

Spring comes early to home sales

Potential homebuyers are reportedly swarming the market and still finding too few available homes for sale, according to a report today from the multiple listing group serving real estate brokers in western Washington.

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03/04/15

Local builders for new UPS facility

Local contractor, engineers and designers will partner to build a 38,000 sq.ft. expansion of the Fieldhouse and athletic facilities at Tacoma's University of Puget Sound. Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2016.

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03/04/15

Haggen sets timetable for Olympia store

Haggen food chain will take over an Olympia Albertson's store next week, part of its overall purchase of 146 locations around the western U.S. And there is a renewed emphasis on finding local growers and suppliers to bring goods to the shelves.

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03/04/15

Hospitality & U.S. Open: 'The world is coming'

With 105 days until the opening tee shot of the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Mimi Griffin had four powerful words for Pierce County.

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03/04/15

Lacey sampling residents on retail

City of Lacey is taking a new step toward increasing retail opportunities within its boundaries by sampling residents about what kinds of stores they would like to see. End result, hopefully, can be increased sales tax collections to fund city government.

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03/04/15

Seaport Alliance nets EDB's Golden Shovel

The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County awarded the Seaport Alliance with the 2015 Golden Shovel Award at its annual meeting luncheon today.

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03/03/15

Tacoma light rail lagging

Fewer riders in 2014 meant Tacoma Link light rail did not meet its projected utilization rates, according the year-end data released by operator, Sound Transit.

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03/03/15

Construction jobs trimmed in January

Harsh winter weather on the Eastern Seaboard may be to blame for a fall-off in construction spending during January, according to analysis by an industry economist. Even with the drop, however, nonresidential construction expenditures are 4.8 percent above the year earlier.

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03/03/15

Stadium H.S. wins state restaurant contest

Washington's restaurant industry supported a statewide competition for high school students interested in that sector, and Tacoma students won the Management portion of last weekend's contest.

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03/03/15

Today’s reactions to Transportation plan

As the state House of Representatives begins consideration of a $15 billion transportation package passed yesterday by the Senate, voices are being heard from Labor and metro-Seattle solons that call for significant modifications.

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03/03/15

Shelton operations remain Simpson

Simpson Lumber continuing operations of McCleary's door manufacturing plant and, for now, the downtown Shelton lumber mill, following sale of Tacoma and Longview mills to Canadians.

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03/02/15

Small business poll says ‘No’ to wage hike

Small business statewide poll rejects carbon fuel standard, carbon tax and higher minimum wage in poll results announced today.

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03/02/15

State Senate moves Transportation plan

Repairs and expansions may be coming to Washington state highways, ferries and other transportation infrastructure after today's votes by the State Senate. A $15 billion package will now be considered by the House of Representatives.

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