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05/31/16

Back to court for State Auditor

A new trial awaits State Auditor Troy Kelley, who escaped a six-week trial last month with a hung jury.

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05/31/16

42-year-old Tacoma Towing adding U-Haul service

Tacoma Towing, which has been operating out of Lakewood since 1974, will be adding a new service: U-Haul.

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Olympic Panel Products closing soon with 217 layoffs

05/31/16

Olympic Panel Products closing soon with 217 layoffs

The long awaited news that Olympic Panel Products in Shelton would be closing down has finally come.

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05/27/16

Good Sam Hospital adding 66 beds

According to a Certificate of Need Application with the State of Washington Department of Health, the hospital is looking to add 66 acute care beds to the hospital.

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05/27/16

Olympia state park could see private development

In the near future, Millersylvania State Park in Olympia, could see private development.

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05/27/16

Proposal would accelerate light rail to South Sound

After receiving almost 35,000 survey responses and 2,300 written comments, Sound Transit rolled out proposed changes that would dramatically speed expansion of light rail.

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05/26/16

State Farm commits another $20K to Summer Jobs 253

State Farm has awarded a $20,000 grant to the City of Tacoma for the Summer Jobs 253 program for the second consecutive year.

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McMenamins almost ready to transform old Elks Lodge

05/26/16

McMenamins almost ready to transform old Elks Lodge

Soon, the McMenamins brothers will begin transforming the 101-year-old building into their vision: a 46-room hotel.

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05/26/16

Olympia's Bekins Northwest acquires Walla Walla company

Relocation and storage company Bekins Northwest has announced the acquisition of the assets of Clancy's Transfer & Storage, Inc.

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05/26/16

With $7M raised, mission to save KPLU accomplished

This morning, Friends of 88-5 FM announced that it has raised $7 million, the amount needed to purchase the station from Pacific Lutheran University.

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05/25/16

Tacoma sixth in U.S. in 'real minimum wage'

A study by financial analysis website SmartAsset.com has found that the City of Destiny ranks sixth in the country for highest real minimum wage — that is, adjusted for cost of living.

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05/25/16

Tacoma-based philanthrophy company releases app

Good Done Great, a for-profit/non-profit hybrid company based in Tacoma and Charleston, S.C., recently launched its mobile app, which connects givers, nonprofits, and corporations to charitable causes.

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05/25/16

Famed Tacoma businessman Naccarato passes away

Stan Naccarato, who played a huge role in preserving Tacoma baseball, passed away this morning at the age of 88.

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05/25/16

Sumner business fined for spilling vinegar in White River

The Washington State Department of Ecology announced that it fined Sumner-based Fleischman’s Vinegar Company for letting 10,000 gallons of concentrated vinegar spill into the White River.

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05/24/16

Tacoma Dome, Original House of Donuts team up

The Tacoma Dome today announced a corporate partnership with The Original House of Donuts for cross promotional marketing.

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05/24/16

Tacoma a 'destination city' for U-Haul

Tacoma may not usually thought of by many people as a “destination city,” per se, but at least one international company’s numbers says otherwise.

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05/24/16

South Sound unemployment inches down, except for Pierce

With the exception of Pierce County, unemployment in the South Sound saw a tick downward in April.

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05/23/16

SeaTac hotel is ‘Excellent’

A national industry association has recognized the Raddisson Hotel in SeaTac from more than 400 nominated properties for its overall excellence in serving guests and its community.

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05/23/16

GSA to stay in Auburn, downsize

Plans announced last year that might have seen the federal government GSA complex in Auburn be totally vacated are now being revised to have some General Services Administration activity remain on less than half the current property footprint.

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Green River college faculty on strike

05/23/16

Green River college faculty on strike

Administrators at Green River Community College have not said how classes are being affected by today's beginning of a three-day strike by faculty members and instructors. Union officials planned to have picket lines at both Auburn campuses as well as at Kent Station and in Enumclaw.

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05/23/16

New leader for UWT business school

A former professor and academic administrator in New Mexico, Idaho and Oregon will be the next dean at UWT's Milgard School of Business.

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05/23/16

Personal economic security & community

Bringing community resources and action together on behalf of poor and working families is a goal of Tuesday's all-day program to be held in Lacey.

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05/20/16

Three awards for Auburn-based Donovan Brothers

Auburn-based commercial and industrial contractor Donovan Brothers, Inc., has been recognized with three Excellence in Construction awards at the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington’s 2016 awards banquet.

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05/20/16

Franke Tobey Jones unveils expansion plan

Tacoma retirement community Franke Tobey Jones has unveiled a three-phase expansion plan that will increase capacity from the current 190 residents to over 280.

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43-unit affordable housing project coming to Olympia

05/20/16

43-unit affordable housing project coming to Olympia

Next Friday, May 27, the Low Income Housing Institute will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 43-unit affordable apartment building in downtown Olympia.

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05/19/16

Road renamed to recognize late Port of Tacoma leader

The late Philip Martin Lelli, who was elected seventeen times as president of Tacoma Longshore Union 23 and was a former Port of Tacoma commissioner, will have a road named after him.

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05/19/16

Harbor Place wins 'Assisted Living Facility of the Year'

Century Park Associates recently honored Harbor Place at Cottesmore in Gig Harbor with its “Assisted Living Facility of the Year" award.

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05/19/16

Puyallup resident fights back against proposed medical building

The proposed Latitude Medical Office Building in Puyallup is meeting some resistance from a nearby property owner.

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05/19/16

Port container volumes stagnate in April

Exports are looking up at the Northwest Seaport Alliance according to April’s numbers, but container volumes have fallen flat.

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05/18/16

232,000 workers to benefit from new overtime rule

By the end of this year, hundreds of thousands more salaried workers statewide and millions more workers nationwide will qualify for overtime payment.

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05/18/16

New retail leadership for Goodwill

The retail effort at Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region has a new leader: Mike Thomas, who is joining the organization as vice president of retail sales.

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05/18/16

YWCA names Tappero 'Woman of Achievement'

Julie Tappero, president and CEO of Gig Harbor’s West Sound Workforce, has been named the 2016 Woman of Achievement for Business & Finance by the YWCA of Kitsap County.

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05/18/16

State unemployment stays steady at 5.8 percent

For the fifth month in a row, Washington is flatlining on unemployment at 5.8 percent, despite adding 11,200 jobs in April.

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05/17/16

Governor headlines Bates commencement ceremony

Gov. Jay Inslee will deliver remarks to graduates at Bates Technical College’s 75th anniversary commencement ceremony.

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Korum honored for lasting impact on business community

05/17/16

Korum honored for lasting impact on business community

Jerry Korum, founder of Korum Automotive Group in Puyallup, was recognized at last night’s 2016 Top Places to Work event with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the third recipient of the honor given to South Sound businesspeople for their legacy to the community.

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2016's Top Places to Work honored

05/17/16

2016's Top Places to Work honored

Last night, Business Examiner Media celebrated the South Sound’s premier employers at its 2016 Top Places to Work event, showcasing 20 finalists in eight award categories.

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05/16/16

RAM Restaurant Group opens ninth Colorado location

Lakewood-based RAM Restaurant Group has announced the opening of its ninth C.B. & Potts location at the renovated Foothills Mall in Fort Collins,

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05/16/16

Event to address challenges facing female veterans

An event later this week hopes to address the challenges of women transitioning out of military service.

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05/16/16

Health insurance rates going up in 2017

As almost all small business health plans are pulling out of Washington's Exchange next year, details of new pricing proposed for individual coverage plans announced today may have new importance to employers.

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$26.7M for Tacoma shopping center

05/16/16

$26.7M for Tacoma shopping center

A regional, privately-held real estate partnership paid $330 per square-foot to acquire Lincoln Plaza shopping center near Tacoma's Costco and just one mile north of Tacoma Mall. A Southern California real estate investment firm was the seller.

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05/13/16

Scant supply drives prices up

The mid-range price for homes in Washington state rose 8.1 percent in the first three months of 2016, due mostly to a severe shortage of supply.

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05/13/16

Health commitment award for TrueBlue

TrueBlue has earned recognition from a nonprofit organization of CEOs for its commitment to the health of its employees.

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05/13/16

Legacy award to Jerry Korum

One of Puyallup's top citizens and long-time automobile dealer, Jerry Korum will be receiving a Legacy Award at Monday's 2016 Top Places to Work recognition program.

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05/13/16

Tacoma student competes for America's Next Top Young Entrepreneur

A Tacoma middle schooler could be America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneur.

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05/13/16

Top Places to Work: waterfront & integrity

Their clients' needs are foremost to staff at Financial Insights, but they truly enjoy their office location, too. Employee longevity is a hallmark of the first decade at Rapport Benefits Group.

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05/12/16

Auburn Chamber, City announce new business expo

The Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Auburn have announced a brand new event: the community’s 2016 Business and Hiring Expo, slated for Thursday, May 26 at Emerald Downs.

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05/12/16

Tacoma receives $200,000 environmental job training grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the City of Tacoma a $200,000 environmental job training grant targeted at unemployed and underemployed people.

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05/12/16

People on the Move: South Sound additions and promotions

This week's People on the Move features new additions and promotions at TrueBlue, Olympia Federal Savings, Pacific Lutheran University and more.

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05/12/16

Top Places to Work: innovative & pride

Building energy efficient homes can be lots of fun, according to team members at The Artisans Group in Olympia. For creative types at Premier Media Group, the outcomes are stunning monthly magazines. Both firms are finalists in 2016 Top Places to Work.

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05/11/16

Pierce County valuation firm merges with Tacoma's Doty Group

Tacoma accounting firm The Doty Group has announced that Shelley Drury, owner of Expert Valuation & Litigation, LLC, has joined its team.

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05/11/16

MultiCare, Cardiac Study Center team up to create new institute

MultiCare Health System is teaming up with Cardiac Study Center to create the new Pulse Heart Institute.

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05/11/16

Construction to begin on Tacoma Amtrak station next month

Construction on the new Tacoma Amtrak Cascades Station will begin construction at Freighthouse Square next month.

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05/11/16

Tacoma to create minority business program with $1.5M grant

Tacoma will now be home to a new business center geared toward developing minority entrepreneurs, thanks to a new $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency.

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05/11/16

Top Places to Work: homes & families

Each individual at South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity is responsible not just for the job assigned, but the whole mission. Employees of TAPCO Credit Union have a similar commitment to their organization and community.

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Developers have big plans for Gig Harbor strip mall

05/10/16

Developers have big plans for Gig Harbor strip mall

If developer Olympic Property Group’s vision becomes reality, the Peninsula Shopping Center in Gig Harbor could be completely remade into a new, mixed-use town square.

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05/10/16

Businesses invited to cybercrime forum in Lakewood

Pierce County is holding a forum to educate local businesses on cybercrime, its regional impacts, and what can be done to safeguard against it.

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05/10/16

FedEx seeks more than 300 part-time staff for Fife facility

In preparation for the facility’s anticipated opening in June, FedEx Ground is looking to hire more than 300 part-time package handlers to staff its new warehouse in Fife.

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05/10/16

Top Places to Work: businesses & exchange

These two Top Places to Work finalists serve businesses and their customers by sharing information and creating a transaction exchange respectively. Meet BBB Northwest and Saturn Barter.

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05/09/16

Thurston County seeking help marketing properties

Thurston County has some land to sell, and it’s looking to enlist some help.

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05/09/16

Washington Retail Association endorses Bryant for governor

Former Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant’s gubernatorial campaign has garnered an endorsement from the Washington Retail Association in Olympia.

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05/09/16

Panorama's CEO to retire, successors named

Lacey-based senior living community Panorama will soon see a change in its executive leadership.

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05/09/16

Top Places to Work: debits, credits & code

A Tacoma accounting firm with roots back 98 years has a modern approach to attracting and retaining up-to-date associates and staff, while a start-up software firm in Lacey whose Day 1 just three years ago emphasized equity and engagement. Both are finalists for 2016 Top Places to Work.

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05/06/16

Thurston County looking for opinions on plastic bag ban

Thurston County wants business owners to opine on the effects of the plastic bag ban passed in July of 2014, via an online survey.

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05/06/16

Outside of merger costs, Weyerhaeuser sees earnings growth

At first glance, it would appear that Weyerhaeuser is in worse shape than it was at the same time last year.

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Large mixed-use building proposed for Stadium District

05/06/16

Large mixed-use building proposed for Stadium District

A new 172-multifamily apartment building could be coming to the Stadium District.

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05/06/16

Top Places to Work: Building & Creativity

A rapidly growing construction company based in Gig Harbor and a small communications consultancy long a fixture of Tacoma's downtown waterfront at both finalists for the 2016 Top Places to Work program.

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05/05/16

Top Places to Work: ‘Lift' & Improve

Top Places to Work program recognizes companies and organizations where staff members are valued and included, even to the point of offering learning so each can grow individually. Torklift Central in Kent believes that approach is part of its 40 years' success. United Way in Lewis County has a 55 year history that also highly values its small staff.

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05/05/16

Housing report: New listings up slightly, but inventory still tight

The housing market is finally seeing some new listings on the market, but it’s not enough to ease the minds (or the wallets) of buyers.

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05/05/16

PTAC sets record for helping businesses get government contracts

The Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which is run through Thurston Economic Development Council in Lacey, had a record year in 2015.

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05/05/16

May edition of South Sound Biz now available

The May edition of South Sound Biz is now available to read. This month, we took a look at the state of trade and transportation in the region.

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05/05/16

Prologis Park enters public comment period

Prologis’ 1.7 million square foot warehouse facility at the Port of Tacoma is moving forward in the State Environmental Policy Act process.

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05/04/16

Heritage selects new board chairman

Heritage Financial Corporation has a new Chairman of the Board: Brian Charneski.

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05/04/16

Taxable sales hit $135B in 2015 for state

Strong sales in general retail sales, including vehicles and construction, pushed total tax collections above $135 billion last year, according to a state report today.

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05/04/16

Construction deaths prompt ‘stand-down’

Half a dozen construction workers die from falls on average each year, and two have been killed already in 2016. The accidents are prompting government safety officials to encourage "safety stand-downs" be held this week by construction companies.

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Port to sell Satsop NewWood equipment

05/04/16

Port to sell Satsop NewWood equipment

Satsop Business Park has given up finding a new operator for a closed manufacturing operation there and will sell off the equipment left behind when NewWood closed three years ago.

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05/04/16

Industrial real estate stays strong in South King, Pierce

When it comes to industrial, Pierce and South King counties are king. Still.

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05/04/16

Top Places to Work: Health & Money

Two larger employers -- Group Health's Olympia Medical Center and Columbia Bank -- actively work to be positively connected to their staff members because they know that is an essential ingredient to having satisfied customers. Their efforts are judged in the 2016 Top Places to Work program.

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Transpacific Hub brings on Taiwan's largest telecom provider

05/04/16

Transpacific Hub brings on Taiwan's largest telecom provider

Centeris’ Transpacific Hub, an international data center and infrastructure provider in Puyallup, is starting to ramp up business by signing onto a partnership with Chungwha Telecom Co. (CHT Global)

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Community members, groups recognized at United Way breakfast

05/03/16

Community members, groups recognized at United Way breakfast

At United Way of Pierce County’s annual Celebrating Our Community Breakfast, three community members were recognized with the LIVE UNITED Awards.

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05/03/16

Top Places to Work: Air & Plans

An employer paying 100 percent of health insurance cost for workers is unusual these days and Pacific Air Systems believes its workforce is itself out of the ordinary – and worth it. A similar two-way gratitude link is strongly evident at another Top Places to Work finalist, SCJ Alliance.

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Goodwill expanding job training, rolling out new store format

05/03/16

Goodwill expanding job training, rolling out new store format

At the annual Goodwill Ready To Work Luncheon, Terry Hayes, CEO of Goodwill Olympics and Rainier Region, conceded that the nation has pulled out of the recession, but challenges lay ahead for key demographics.

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05/03/16

Rainier Connect acquires Lacey ISP

Rainier Connect, a Tacoma-based Internet service provider, acquired ReachONE Internet of Lacey last month.

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05/02/16

Guinness success as Muckleshoot hosts largest slots tourney

Muckleshoot Casino has its place in the record books.

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05/02/16

Top Places to Work: A to Z

Anchor Bank and Ziegele Smile Studio are the first two of 20 finalists in 2016 Top Places to Work to appear in Daily Biz Briefs as stellar examples of workplaces that value and serve their employees, as they meet customer needs.

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05/02/16

SCJ Alliance acquires 28-year-old landscape firm

SCJ Alliance’s acquisition of Olympia-based landscape design and architecture firm Jeffrey B. Glander and Associates (JGA), announced today, is a move that has been predicated on a history of teamwork.

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05/02/16

Weyerhaeuser selling pulp mills to International Paper for $2.2B

It was hinted at months ago, but now it’s official. Weyerhaeuser is selling off its cellulose fibers pulp mills to International Paper for $2.2 billion in cash.

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