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June 2018

Volume 17 • Issue 6

FedEx facility gets $6 million overhaul in Pasco BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business


NW Farm Supply prepares to open fourth store in Prosser Page 11

Real Estate & Construction

After two years, Hill’s Restaurant expects fall re-opening Page 23


Manufacturing outlook shows job growth slowing page 41

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A major expansion of the FedEx footprint is underway at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco. The local hub is getting a $6 million overhaul, increasing in size from 14,000 square feet to 51,000 square feet. The goal “is to have it look like a brand new building,” said developer Chris A. Smith of CAS Properties. His company has a long history of working with FedEx, having bought or leased land for FedEx facilities since the mid-1980s. Work got underway at the site at 1705 Argent Road on April 1 and is being fasttracked for completion by the end of October. Sixty-five employees work at the facility. Two months into the project, the walls of the new sorting and shipping building are nearly complete. The roof is being constructed in phases. The upgrades aren’t expected to change the FedEx home delivery experience in the area. A customer would only notice the difference if visiting the Pasco store, across from Sun Willows Golf Course, on the southeastern corner of airport property. A new customer service facility is expected to be completed by September and will accommodate a half-dozen customers at a time, with three service stations, instead of the current two. Office space for on-site administrators will increase by a third, and the site will get new parking lots for customers and shipment vans. FedEx has been at the Pasco site since 1992 after moving from Union Street in Kennewick. It has held a right-of-first-refusal agreement with the airport for 4.25 acres of land on Port of Pasco airport property. This has allowed for FedEx’s eventual expansion, an idea that had been considered for years. “For all of the facilities located in the Northwest, this is probably one of the fastergrowing stations. FedEx’s confidence in the Tri-Cities economy has led to this expansion,” Smith said. uFEDEX, Page 35

Building owners Dr. Gordon Hsieh, from left, Dr. Stan Ling and his wife Grace stand with Tri-City investors Hilda and Manny Chavallo in front of the Cynergy Centre off 27th Avenue in Kennewick. The owners have plans to remarket the 14-year-old mixed-use professional center. (Courtesy Kenmore Team)

Building owners want to create synergy to relaunch Cynergy Centre BY KRISTINA LORD

After sitting vacant for months, Kennewick’s three-story Cynergy Centre is ready for its part deux debut. The building features a wall of curved glass at the entrance and is near the traffic circle at 27th Avenue and Union Street in the Southridge area of Kennewick. Two doctors and a Tri-City investor

have teamed up to re-invigorate the mixed-use, 26,631-square-foot building at 4309 W. 27th Place that’s valued at $3.6 million, according to the Benton County Assessor’s website. Once home to several doctors’ offices and several defunct restaurants — The Alley Public House and Brews, Barrel House Café and Wine Bar, Veritas and Cynergy Café — it has been empty for months. uCYNERGY, Page 4

Kennewick’s Tri-Tech to offer high school training for in-demand drone careers BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Tri-Tech Skills Center officials hope a new program that includes drone-making will show students the sky’s the limit when it comes to job opportunities and careers in the unmanned flight and manufacturing industry. The new program launches this fall in a building recently constructed on the school’s Tri-Tech East campus in Kennewick. The building also will be used for existing firefighting and law enforcement programs offered at the tuition-free public school which provides students advanced technical and professional training. Tri-Tech Principal Paul Randall said the school had been looking for ways to interest students in its manufacturing program,

as there are a wealth of jobs available to students with these skills. “We have tried for years to sell a standard manufacturing-type program. We know that there’s a really good job opportunity, that there’s a really good wage, and the third part of our little test, is ‘Are kids interested?’ We know the first two are there, there’s opportunity and a living wage, but the kids aren’t there,” he said. Randall discovered a way to get the kids interested during a national career and technical education conference: pair manufacturing classes with drone aviation. “We’re using something that’s very attractive to kids to hook them, and then build those skills, knowing they’re not going to be entry-level manufacturing workers, but at least they’re interested,” Randall said. uDRONES, Page 42


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New riverfront restaurant open for dinner at Columbia Point Full-service restaurant, wine bar open to public at the Richland boutique hotel BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Committing to the belief that “it will be fun,” those behind the new Drumheller’s Food & Drink at The Lodge at Columbia Point are excited to open a restaurant before the boutique hotel even celebrates its one-year anniversary. “I feel like we’ve been opening the hotel for a year,” said General Manager Wendy Higgins, citing the increased customer demand and the decision to nearly double the original staff by adding a fullservice restaurant. Drumheller’s is on the second floor of the hotel, west of Anthony’s at Columbia Point, overlooking the Columbia River. Just prior to the r e s t a u r a n t ’s grand opening, the property also began welcoming the public to Chef Pauline its new wine bar, Garza Vine Wine & Drumheller’s Craft Bar. Before this month, Vine was limited to serving hotel guests exclusively. Vine offers a large collection of local wines, beer and hand-crafted cocktails, using mostly regionally-sourced spirits. It features an outdoor patio and can seat about 20 people in the wine bar. Customers also can enjoy their drinks in what’s referred to by staff as “the living room of the Tri-Cities,” which is the center of the hotel and features a fireplace. Drumheller’s is open seven days a week for dinner only and can seat about 50 guests. It offers scratch-made menu items, which will change seasonally and are described by Chef Pauline Garza as “simple elegance.” She said she aims to elevate the wines her meals will be paired with, and expects risotto will be her signature dish. “From our food to our beverage menu, it’s very Pacific Northwest, very regional, very local,” Garza said.

The restaurant features a pastry chef for its desserts, which include chocolate tortes, beignets and cherry pie. Not wanting to be limited to a certain cuisine, Garza described her offerings as, “food that you’re familiar with, that really complements the wine as well.” She said she is focusing on technique, but including a modern twist. Menu items include steak, salmon, pasta and a daily soup and salad choice. A recent menu featured Dungeness crab risotto ($26), pan-seared steelhead ($24), short ribs with asparagus and potato leek frittata ($25) and a peach, burrata and prosciutto salad ($10). The restaurant is headed up by Garza, 25, who has been cooking professionally since she was 18. Drumheller’s is the namesake of the late Tom Drumheller who opened the hotel on July 1, 2017. The Lodge was considered the largest project of his career, which Drumheller saw to fruition shortly before his death in September, weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. It was Drumheller who frequently encouraged and motivated his staff with the phrase, “It will be fun.” It had been Drumheller’s goal to open a restaurant on the property, and he handpicked Garza to be the breakfast chef and food and beverage manager. “I was a little hesitant at first, just because being a restaurant chef versus a hotel chef, in my mind, was so different,” Garza recalled. The two met through Washington State University Tri-Cities’ hospitality program, which launched in 2016, with Garza as its first and only graduate that year. Originally from Othello, Garza studied at WSU Tri-Cities full time while working in the restaurant industry. Drumheller served on the board for the program. Garza said when she met Higgins, she knew the job was a great fit. Garza brings along an impressive pedigree for a chef of her age, having studied at the Florence University of the Arts in Italy, and taking part in an exclusive culinary brigade which cooked at the James Beard House in New York City.

A new restaurant opened this month on the second floor of The Lodge at Columbia Point, which takes advantage of a river view and features a locallygrown head chef serving regional cuisine. (Courtesy The Lodge at Columbia Point)

She described her passion for the culinary arts simply by saying, “I just love food.” Garza remembered spending time with her mother at a young age, cooking and clearing the dishes afterward. She recalled taking over dinner duties at 10 years old. Some of her best dishes, learned in her mother’s kitchen, include Spanish rice and conchitas, a pasta dish similar to stew featuring herbs and spices. The young chef’s career started at Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar in Kennewick, with stops at the Pasco Red Lion and Three-Eyed Fish Wine Bar in Richland, which Garza recalled as, “where I found my love of food and wine pairing.” Initially hired to be the The Lodge’s breakfast chef, Garza quickly found there was a demand for in-house catering and created an events menu. She has since developed the menu for Drumheller’s and Vine, which serves a “killer burger” and offers an unexpected

twist on oysters by serving them chicken-fried. Garza’s artistic touch extends to the craft cocktail menu as well, where she is responsible for the creativity behind the drinks, also locally sourced. “You’re not going to find any other craft cocktail in the Tri-Cities like you will find here,” said Eileen Tanner, principal of Tanner Communications, which represents The Lodge. “If you’re looking for Grey Goose, don’t come here, because what you’re going to get here is top-shelf, regionally-produced vodka or gin or whisky. You’re going to see bottles you might not recognize but you’re going to taste a spirit that is top shelf and delicious.” It hadn’t been the original plan to open the restaurant this summer, but strict limitations on The Lodge’s liquor license kept the wine bar as an amenity for guests only, preventing them from serving those living in nearby condos who walked over for a drink by the river. uDRUMHELLER’S, Page 8


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CYNERGY, From page 1 “This is an attractive building with very unique exterior architecture and is well positioned, but that to some extent has been overlooked by its former management and has sat vacant too long,” said James Wade, realtor and commercial broker for the Kenmore Team of Kennewick. Wade said the Cynergy Centre’s owners have spent time, energy and money to clean and maintain the vacant building in the past couple of months. The offices would be ideal for doctors, physical therapists, lawyers and other professionals, he said. So how does one go about filling a big vacant building? Dr. Stan Ling, one of the Cynergy owners, received inspiration from the Bravo TV real estate show “Million Dollar Listing.” He decided to throw a party in the building so potential tenants could envision themselves in it, confident the building speaks for itself. The June 20 soirée will feature food, wine, live music and a ribbon-cutting event. It’s from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A grand prize drawing for a $1,000 Visa gift card will go to one lucky attendee. “These kinds of ideas come up, especially with residential properties, and I thought, ‘Why can’t I do this for commercial?’ ” Ling said. “If we make it fun and exciting, we can bring people out to enjoy local fare and local wineries. We can have people take a look at the building and see what the building is all about and picture themselves in the building.”

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The ground floor offers an atrium lobby configured with a restaurant, retail spaces, conference rooms and common restrooms. The upper floors feature sweeping Tri-City views. Several suites are available for lease, ranging in size from 450 square feet to 4,312 square feet. Leases go for $17 a square foot, plus triple net, or NNN, an agreement where the tenant agrees to pay all real estate taxes, building insurance and maintenance. Ling occupied the third floor of the Cynergy Centre until 2016, when he moved his practice to Everett. Since his office took up a lot of space on the top floor, it created issues in his wake. “During that period of time, there were some challenges we faced with losing some of the tenants and stuff like that and I was one of them. I took quite a big chunk of space in the building,” he said. Ling called the time a perfect storm with “every tenant moving out and we hit a rough spot at that point with some challenges and management. We changed the decision makers and it took us little bit of time to get restarted,” he said. The dynamic already is beginning to shift. Dr. Michael Workman, a plastic surgeon, currently leases space. Spokane-based credit union STCU recently leased 2,317 square feet on the second floor for six months as temporary office space while construction begins on its new bank building in south

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Kennewick, according to Kiemle Hagood. Northwest Neurosciences of Yakima recently signed a multi-year lease for office space on the third floor, Wade said. The clinic specializes in neurosurgery, neurology and pain management, according to its website. And there soon may be good news to share about the vacant restaurant, Wade said. His firm is in the final lease review stage for the first floor space, he said. “We want to fill it up and get this place hopping again,” Ling said. “That’s our goal.” A group of doctors and investors hatched the concept for the Cynergy Centre 14 years ago. “We wanted to bring West Coast design to the Tri-Cities. We wanted a building that had lots of windows where light is great. In that time, we put in a second building in the Tri-Cities that had a revolving door,” Ling said. Ling said they wanted a professional mixed-use building, plus retail and some restaurants. “We thought everything could be synergized and try to make each other successful,” he said. So because they “wanted to be cute,” they changed the “S” to “C” in the word “synergy” and Cynergy Centre was born, Ling said. Ling and his wife Grace are the only original owners of building, as it’s gone through several partners. Dr. Gordon Hsieh, an orthopaedic surgeon at Kadlec who graduated from Hanford High, has owned the building with Ling for about three years. The original complex, envisioned in 2004, was a joint project of Fraser Hawley and his wife Sharon Brown, now a state senator (she was appointed in 2013), Dr. Sittilerk Trikalsaransukh and his wife Chayatorn, and the Lings. They bought four acres of land with plans to build additional buildings to maintain continuity for any future development, Hawley told the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business in 2006. The owners chose the site because of future plans for the Southridge Sports and Events Complex and other future housing developments and because Southridge was an up and coming growth market. Construction of the adjacent 9,000-square-foot Cynergy Retail Mall, which currently is home to Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill, Yoplicity Frozen Yogurt and Horse Heaven Hills Pet Urgent Care, began in 2008. The original Cynergy investors sold the shopping center to Spokane-based Hutton Settlement for $2.2 million in 2017, according to public property records. “Everything is behind us now and looking more rosy in the future. We are forward looking,” Ling said.

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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2018 uBUSINESS BRIEFS Tri-City tourism boasts 10 percent boost

The Tri-Cities recorded a thriving tourism industry in 2017 with a continued upward trend of visitor spending, which reached $491 million, a 10.3 percent increase over the previous year. Spending was up in all categories measured – lodging, food and beverage, transportation, recreation and retail. “Tourism continues to be a significant economic driver for hotels, restaurants and small businesses all throughout the Tri-Cities region,” said Michael Novakovich, president and CEO of Visit Tri-Cities. “Whether visitors are here for business, a sporting event or a long weekend to enjoy our rivers or wine country, they are spending money at our local businesses.” Increased visitor spending resulted in $54.3 million in local and state tourismgenerated sales tax revenue. Tourism contributes to more than 6,000 jobs to the local economy. The 2017 statistics are provided to Visit Tri-Cities by national research firm Dean Bunyan Associates.

Columbia Center announces arrival of 3 new businesses

Columbia Center mall recently announced the opening of two new retailers and a restaurant: Epic Massage, Brow Studio 7 and Kabab n Grill. “We are so excited for the new and unique offerings these retailers bring our

customers,” said Meredith Reed, director of marketing and business development at Columbia Center, in a news release. “We look forward to working with each of these businesses while furthering Columbia Center’s reputation as the Tri-Cities’, Southeastern Washington’s and Eastern Oregon’s all-in-one shopping, dining and entertainment destination.” Epic Massage, near the food court by Macy’s Men’s and Children’s, offers massage and reflexology services. Brow Studio 7’s new location is across from Old Navy and is one of 26 locations nationwide. Its team of brow experts specialize in eyebrow and full facial threading, waxing, microdermabrasion, eyelash extensions, eyebrow tinting, eyebrow enhancements, henna and airbrush tattoos. Known for its shawarma and kababs, Middle Eastern restaurant, Kabab n Grill, was scheduled to open June 16. This will be the restaurant’s second location. Kabab n Grill also serves up lunch and dinner at 3600 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite C, in Kennewick.

Fuse plans expansion to downtown Kennewick

The city of Kennewick is partnering with Fuse, a co-working community, to create a business and community accelerator in downtown Kennewick. A $40,000 grant from Frontier Communications’ America’s Best Communities contest is helping start the accelerator. The remaining is from accumulated interest from a previous economic development loan that was repaid in 2003.

“The grant is intended to underwrite the cost of recruiting businesses and marketing to attract entrepreneurs and young companies to a facility located in downtown Kennewick,” said Emily EstesCross, city of Kennewick’s parks, recreation and economic development director. The process to get the accelerator established could take up to two years. “The goal is to see at least 10 businesses and 18 new jobs created as a result of the accelerator,” she said. Fuse, a social purpose corporation made of shareholders who are in the TriCity business community, will work with the city to use the money to provide education, events, mentoring and business preparation to help business succeed and grow. A location has not yet been determined.

Businesses could earn tax credit with new state bill

Franklin County is among those included on tax credit bill proposed by Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-University Place) to stimulate rural job growth. The proposal would give a $275 business and occupation tax credit to employers for each new qualifying job they create in struggling counties. O’Ban is preparing a bill for the 2019 legislative session to apply the head tax credit in counties with an unemployment rate in the preceding year that exceeds the statewide rate by 25 percent. To qualify for the credit, a job would have to pay more than the county’s average wage. Other counties included are Clallam, Cowlitz, Ferry, Grant, Grays Harbor,


Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Skamania, Wahkiakum and Yakima.

Benton, Franklin rank high for investing in economies

Benton and Franklin counties rank among the top counties in Washington receiving the greatest amount of investment in their local economies, according to a recent study by SmartAsset. The financial technology firm analyzed business establishment growth, gross domestic product growth, new building permits and federal funding. Benton County was No. 3 with an index raking of 50.43, behind King and Clark counties with indexes of 63.27 and 51.63, respectively. Franklin County was at No. 4, with an index ranking of 49.73. Review the full study at smartasset. com/investing/investmentcalculator#washington.  

Kennewick program aims to attract craft breweries

The city of Kennewick is calling all brewers to its Craft Brewery Wastewater Program. The city has created a management guideline on how to reduce solids from a brewery’s product before it enters the wastewater system to reduce surcharges and create more profit. For more information, contact the city’s economic development director at 509-585-4450 or miles.thomas@


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The existing Chicken Shack restaurant, on Van Giesen Street in West Richland, opened in 2015. The future home of the second restaurant will be at 8921 Sandifur Parkway near Road 90 in Pasco.

The Chicken Shack spreads its wings to west Pasco BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

A popular West Richland restaurant is expanding to west Pasco and eventually Kennewick. The Chicken Shack owner Steve LaMarr and his wife, Tracy, are preparing to open a second restaurant near Road 90, not far from Russ Dean RV. “There’s not a ton of choices for restaurants where we are,” Steve LaMarr said. The new building at 8921 Sandifur Parkway is expected to be finished and occupied by the end of the year. The original West Richland eatery opened in 2015 at 4390 W. Van Giesen St. after the LaMarrs licensed the restaurant from The Chicken Shack’s founder, who still cooks chicken and operates a restaurant in Henderson, Nevada. There are about a dozen Chicken Shack locations spread across six states, including Nevada, California, Oregon, Colorado and Texas. The restaurant specializes in serving up fresh, not frozen, chicken wings and fingers with 20 homemade sauces and sides. The Pasco eatery will be in a new 4,000-square-foot building, with The Chicken Shack taking up all but about 1,600 square feet. The building will sit on an acre of land, allowing Steve LaMarr the opportunity to add a second building on the lot in the future. He is looking to fill the extra square footage with a secondary tenant but is also fielding requests from customers to bring along its partner restaurant, Wine Notes. “We have a lot of people wanting us to do the same thing in Pasco,” he said. He’s also heard requests for a live music venue. Neither option is off the table entirely, he said. “Anything is a possibility,” said Steve LaMarr, but he said he’s less inclined to add an outdoor stage to west Pasco. He already has a full plate managing the gigs at the West Richland restaurant, which offers live music for all ages, every Saturday evening from April 1 to Oct. 31. Steve LaMarr said he considered an indoor music venue in west Pasco that could keep live music going through the winter months or play host to special

events. He calls it a “project in my back pocket.” The LaMarrs are also undecided on plans for a current vacant lot at 4330 W. Van Giesen, just east of the existing Chicken Shack and the former site of TriCity Fence. The LaMarrs bought and demolished the building after the fence company closed. A sign with a photo depicting a new 11,000-square-foot building on the site had people excited, along with an announcement from the owners of Richland’s Tumbleweeds that they would be expanding there. Tumbleweeds eventually withdrew its plans for a second location in West Richland. Steve LaMarr said he simultaneously has the lot up for sale while also keeping the sign announcing new construction on the site. “I really don’t know what’s going to happen with that,” he said. “Right now, it’s a parking lot for The Chicken Shack.” Steve LaMarr said he has had interest in the lot from potential buyers, but wants to make sure any sale, would benefit the community positively, and not just add another car lot. “We love West Richland and we’re thrilled with what the city has done with the entrance,” he said. While deciding whether to bring Wine Notes along to west Pasco or keep it exclusive to West Richland, Steve LaMarr predicted the newest Chicken Shack “will be easier to start up than West Richland’s.” He said the current location is now well established after its launch in late 2015 and “doing very well, but it didn’t start out that way.” Also the owners of StoneCrest Builders, Steve LaMarr and his wife initially struggled with finding a restaurant supply company to provide the oversized chicken tenders and drumsticks at an agreeable cost. But now, Steve LaMarr said he’s doubled the original prediction of the amount of food the restaurant would serve. He’s eyeing that same success at the new Pasco location. Steve LaMarr said he hopes for a third Chicken Shack restaurant near Highway 395 and W. 27th Avenue in the Southridge area of Kennewick.

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• Prosser Scottish Fest: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Prosser Wine and Food Park, 2840 Lee Road, Prosser. Visit: • Garden Arts Tour, benefiting Academy of Children’s Theatre: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., various Tri-City locations. Tickets: academyofchildrenstheatre. org. • Mini Golf Tournament, benefiting The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia: 5 – 9 p.m., Golf Universe, 6311 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-222-7323.


• Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber Networking Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. RSVP: 509-542-0933.


• Hogs & Dogs Family Festival: 4 – 10 p.m., Bombing Range Sports Complex, 3200 Bombing Range Road, West Richland. Contact: 509-9670521. • Day’s Pay Reach Foundation Fundraiser: 5:30 – 8 p.m., Reach museum, 1943 Columbia

Park Trail, Richland. RSVP: 509-943-4100, ext. 103. • Washington Policy Center’s Young Professional Happy Hour: 6 – 8 p.m., Anelare Winery, 19205 N. McBee Road NW, Benton City. Tickets: • Community Lecture Series “Sasquatch: ManApe or Myth?”: 7 p.m., MidColumbia Libraries, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick.

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• Cool Desert Nights: various times and locations throughout Tri-Cities. Visit:


• Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties Annual Golf Tournament: 11 a.m., Canyon Lakes Golf Course, 3700 Canyon Lakes Drive, Kennewick. Visit: • Scholar Scramble, benefiting the Richland Education Foundation: 1 p.m, Horn Rapids Golf Course, 2800 Clubhouse Lane, Richland. Visit:


• Mariachi & More Festival: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Park, 2701 Columbia Park Trail,

Kennewick. Contact: 509542-0933.


• 7th annual Caregiver Conference: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Register: 509-943-8455.


• Solutions at Sunrise: 7:15 – 8:15 a.m., CG Public House, 9221 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. RSVP: • PTAC Workshop “Government Contracting Essentials”: 9 – 11 a.m., TriCities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-491-3231.


• Business Development University “So You Want to be a Rock Super Star?”: 9 – 11 a.m., Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-4913231. • 7 Deadly Sins of Small Businesses workshop: 4:30 p.m., Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-7351000, ext. 235.

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• Prosser Chamber Member Luncheon: noon – 1 p.m., Jeremy’s 1896 Public House, 1232 Wine Country Road, Prosser. RSVP: 509-786-3177.

• West Richland Chamber Membership Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sandberg Event Center, 331 S. 41st Ave., West Richland. RSVP: 509967-0521.



• Evening for the Angels, benefiting Chaplaincy Hospice Care: 6 – 9 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way, Richland. RSVP:

• Procurement Power Hour: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., TriCities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-491-3231. • Sustainability Forum: 1 – 5 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Visit: sustainability



• Grand Old 4th of July Celebration: Various times and locations in Pasco. Visit: pasco-wa-gov.


• Pasco Chamber Membership Luncheon: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. RSVP: 509547-9755.


• Taking Charge of Your Digital Identity seminar: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Register aarp. org/wa.

• PTAC Workshop “Women Owned Business Certifications for Government Contracting”: 9 – 10:30 a.m., Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP: 509-4913231.


• 15th Annual Art Walk & Wine Gala: 6 – 10 p.m., Downtown Prosser. Visit:


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uBUSINESS BRIEFS Trios remodels Vista Field facility, moves providers

Major remodeling work has been completed to enable two Trios Medical Group provider practices and the Trios Sleep Center to move into a transformed space at the Trios Care Center at Vista Field in Kennewick. The improvements at 521 N. Young St. brings specialty practices—sleep medicine, pulmonology and infectious disease—formerly housed in a leased facility into a space co-located with internal medicine providers. The new clinic offers centralized registration and waiting areas for simpler patient navigation, as well as more efficient staffing and provider partnering

opportunities, according to a Trios news release. The Care Center at Vista Field is also home to the Trios Endoscopy Center and High Desert Surgery. Patients have been notified of the location changes via postal mail.

Columbia Generating Station has unexpected shutdown

The Columbia Generating Station in north Richland reconnected to the power grid after a six-day shutdown. The nuclear facility shut down May 18 when one of the station’s transformers automatically disconnected from the transmission system after a grid disturbance. During the shutdown, crews were able to take advantage of the time to work on other plant equipment that can

only be completed while down. The station is owned and operated by Energy Northwest and is the third-largest generator in Washington.

New butterfly, moth exhibit at Reach museum

The Reach museum will exhibit more than 200 butterflies and moths from the collection of Dr. Roderick Coler, called “Fanciful Flight: Butterflies & Moths from the Dr. Rod Coler Collection,” through November. Coler’s collection, obtained over a period of 80 years, has grown to more than 2,000 specimens. As a young adult, he spent three years in the Air Force as a weather watcher and became interested in the outdoors.   He came to the Tri-Cities in 1958 to

practice internal medicine and retired in 2007. His love of butterflies and moths has always been a big part of his life. The Reach’s seasonal hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

$3.3M to aid repair of Corps levees damaged by floods

The Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District received $3.3 million in additional funding to repair four levees damaged during flooding in 2017. The money was provided under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 signed into law Feb. 9. Levees included in the local district are the Waitsburg-Coppei Flood Project on the Touchet River in Walla Walla County. A complete list of projects across the nation is at Civil-Works/Budget/. DRUMHELLER’S, From page 3 “If it wasn’t for the fact that we needed to turn on the food because of what we wanted to do with the alcohol, we probably wouldn’t have opened the restaurant so soon,” Higgins said. “But in order to really take care of our customers, we realized not long after opening we had to go for the whole thing.” This meant dozens of additional jobs to service the 82 rooms and the restaurant, resulting in about 60 staff on the payroll. Each room at The Lodge is named for a different winery, creating an extensive wine list, to assure that each room has a wine offered to coincide with the room’s moniker. Higgins said due to this partnership with wineries and also a wine preservation machine, Vine also can sell wines that might originally be exclusive to wine club members. Garza said there is a reason behind every partnership, from the beverages to the food. “It’s not just a product, there’s a story. There’s a reason why we put that specific Blue Heron spirit on the shelf. There’s a reason why I have Middleton Six Sons asparagus on the menu. What we’re trying to achieve here is that extra level of hospitality and technique of care throughout every single inch of this hotel,” Garza said. “You’re loving on the food from beginning to end,” Higgins said. “The same way we treat the guests is how we treat the food.” The restaurant is open daily from 5 to 10 p.m. and Vine is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Drumheller’s and Vine: The Lodge at Columbia Point, 530 Columbia Point Drive, Richland; lodgeatcolumbiapoint. com; 509-713-7423; Facebook.

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Longtime Meals on Wheels director retires, successor named gram, has grown from 170 to 435, said Grant Baynes, executive director for Senior Life Resources Northwest. The longtime director of the Meals on “Most significantly, Marcee led with Wheels program retired in May after a her heart, never losing sight of our miscareer of providing services to seniors sion to serve some of the most vulnerafor more than 30 years. ble adults in our community, providing Marcee Woffinden, the senior nutri- nutrition, social contact and a sense of tion services director at Senior Life respect and value for those who often Resources Northwest, retired May 31 feel they are a burden and of limited after more than 17 years at the Richland- worth. She has recognized that our based agency. Meals on Wheels Woffinden, 62, staff, paid and vol“My goal with both unteers alike, bring served as the aging services director in the full value of our jobs was to leave Cash County, Utah, program to life, the place better for 15 years prior to making our commuher arrival in the nity a better place to than I found it.” Tri-Cities. live for us all,” She said it’s been - Marcee Woffinden, Baynes said. an honor to serve The MidSenior Life Resources seniors for more Columbia Meals on Northwest Wheels program than three decades. “My goal with serves 600 meals both jobs was to daily. leave the place better than I found it,” “I don’t think people realize the sigshe said. nificance of the hunger issue for seniors. Woffinden oversaw the planning and The numbers are exploding,” Woffinden opening of new kitchens in Utah and said, noting that one in six seniors Richland. nationwide is hungry. The Richland commercial kitchen She said year-over-year program opened on Fowler Street in 2016. growth has spiked 20 percent this year. Woffinden led the Meals on Wheels The agency typically sees 6 percent to program through an incredible period of 10 percent growth annually. growth; the number of meals served per The reason? The age wave is being year has doubled — from 100,000 to felt locally, she said. 200,000 — and the number of volunWoffinden’s team includes 30 teers, who are the life blood of the pro- employees, four of whom are full-time BY KRISTINA LORD

Marcee Woffinden, the longtime senior nutrition services director at Senior Life Resources Northwest, poses with a rock engraved with her name and years of service at the Richland-based agency. She retired May 31 after 17 years overseeing the Meals on Wheels program. The engraved rocks are a tradition to honor those involved with the nonprofit.

workers. Woffinden plans to see more of her family in retirement, including her 13 grandchildren, a mother in assisted living and a disabled brother. She’s already signed up for water aerobics classes and will be going on a backpacking trip later this summer. Kristi Thien, the nonprofit’s former lead home meal assessor, is Woffinden’s successor. “I’ve been mentoring her for a year.

She’s going to be great,” Woffinden said. Baynes said Thien is well prepared for her new role. “The program will be in great hands, as we face the challenges of greater demand and fewer funds from traditional sources. Her team is sad to see Marcee retire but know that it is well deserved and hard-earned. They have embraced Kristi as their new leader,” Baynes said. 


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Kadlec CEO announces retirement, successor picked BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

Kadlec Health System’s CEO has announced plans to retire at the end of this year. Lane Savitch has been at Kadlec since 2006. He began his Kadlec tenure as president of the hospital and served in that role until he moved to his current position in 2016. Reza Kaleel, Kadlec’s current chief administrative officer, will step into the chief executive role in January 2019. “This is a decision I have been considering for some time,” Savitch said in a news release. “Now, is the right time, for my family, me, Kadlec and Providence. I am so

proud of all we’ve accomplished together, serving the patients and communities of the region. I am confident Kadlec will conLane Savitch tinue to flourish and carry out both the daily mission of providing safe, compassionate care, as well as the longterm goal of improving the health of our communities.” Savitch lists among his proudest achievements quality and safety initiatives at Kadlec that earned a five-star rating from

the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group. Both honors put Kadlec among the highest rated hospitals in the state. He also points to the outstanding team of Kadlec caregivers, which has grown to more than 3,700 during his tenure. Savitch is looking forward to spending time with his family, which includes his wife Jill, two children and three grandchildren. “Lane has made a significant contribution to helping make our community a healthier place,” said Wayne Martin, chair of the Kadlec community board of directors, in a statement. “Lane’s leadership and experience have put Kadlec on solid foot-

ing as we head into the future. His role in the effective integration of Kadlec into Providence St. Joseph Health has been instruReza Kaleel mental.” Kaleel came to Kadlec in 2016 after serving five years as executive vice president and chief operating officer for St. Mary’s Medical Center, a regional trauma center serving a broad geographic area including western Colorado, eastern Utah and southern Wyoming. He has worked in hospital administration since 1997, beginning his career in strategic planning and finance before steadily working his way up through various leadership roles in hospital operations. Prior to living in Colorado, Kaleel spent 20 years in San Antonio, Texas, serving as administrator for a hospital in the CHRISTUS system. “Reza is just the right person to build on the foundation set forth by Lane and the Kadlec leadership team,” said Elaine Couture, executive vice president, Washington-Montana region for Providence St. Joseph Health, in a statement. “We’re grateful for Lane’s outstanding service and look forward to a smooth transition led by Reza.”

uBUSINESS BRIEFS Input sought for proposed changes for Hanford cleanup

Public input is being sought on proposed changes to the Tri-Party Agreement. The Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Ecology are seeking feedback on plans to acquire new facilities and modifications to existing facilities for storage, treatment and disposal of Hanford cesium, strontium capsules and bulk sodium. The public comment period ends July 6. Comments may be sent to U.S. Department of Energy, Richland Operations Office, P.O. Box 550 H5-20, Richland, WA 99352 or emailed to tpa@

Sunset at Southridge event begins this month

The Sunset at Southridge food truck event kicks off this month in Kennewick. The event features live music and a free kids’ activity from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Fridays of the month through August at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. Food vendors will offer a $7 dinner special, which includes a free Gesa Carousel of Dreams ride, in addition to their regular menu. Banquet tables and picnic benches are available but in limited quantities, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.

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NW Farm Supply selects Prosser for its fourth store

Hermiston-based company expects to open this month to serve commercial farms, ranches BY JESSICA HOEFER

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NW Farm Supply expects to open a new store in Prosser this month. The new 13,000-square-foot building sits on 2.78 acres at 451 Wine Country Road, adjacent to Shopko Hometown. The company opened its first store in Hermiston in 1995. The Oregon shop, started by Nathan Crowther and John Lloyd, serves as the NW Farm Supply headquarters. A little over two years ago, the father-son team of Duane and Shane Munn—who have Prosser roots—bought into the business. After listening to customer requests and analyzing the business climate in Prosser, the four owners bought land in August 2017 and began building this spring. “We have quite a few people from Prosser who come to the Hermiston store,” said Crowther, who has a bachelor’s degree in agro-business management. “The traffic count here is excellent, and the speed limit is good—35 miles per

hour, so people can see us.” The demographics in Prosser are also different than they were a decade ago, he said, noting a lot of people work in Prosser but don’t live within the city limits. In many cases, people live in outlying communities, such as Whitstran, or own a few acres with animals within the Prosser School District boundaries. While NW Farm Supply carries supplies for hobby farmers, its primary focus is supplying the needs of commercial farms and ranches. The company carries more than 20,000 items, such as fencing, feed, livestock supplies, animal health, sprayers and automotive supplies, baler twine, grass seed, and pet and food necessities. To keep costs low, Crowther said the company is part of a buying group called Wheatbelt Inc. that has more than 450 farm store members throughout the United States. “We meet in Kansas City at tradeshows and can buy products at highly competitive pricing because we pool our purchases together,” Crowther said, adding that the

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NW Farm Supply assistant manager, Mason Vickerman, left, and manager, Kevin McClure, a Prosser native, help prepare the new Prosser store for its June opening at 451 Wine Country Road.

internet has changed how customers find and buy products. “We’re doing what we can to make sure we’re competitive to farmers who have more options than they had 20 years ago.” And because NW Farm Supply is not a big box store, it can adjust to a community’s individual needs, he said. For instance, in Prosser, the store will carry an extensive line of orchard and vineyard sprayers and

parts. “We do that at other locations,” he said, “but not to the extent we’ll do in Prosser.” The Prosser store also will carry Big Bend livestock trailers. “Ranchers are familiar with them, and it’s a draw because people like how well built those trailers are. We bring them in from Texas,” Crowther said. uNW FARM, Page 19


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Dayton-based Columbia Pulp is building its first mill, anticipated to be up and running by the end of 2018. The mill will synthesize a projected 140,000 tons per year of paper-making pulp from wheat straw via a proprietary process developed by two University of Washington researchers, Mark Lewis and Bill McKean. (Courtesy Columbia Pulp)

New mill to convert wheat straw to pulp expects to hire 80 people BY LAURA KOSTAD

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Progress is moving forward on Columbia Pulp’s new plant north of Dayton. With a pilot plant starting in July in Pomeroy and the goal of beginning pulp production at the Lyons Ferry operation in the fourth quarter this year, the company is ramping up recruitment efforts. CEO John Begley said the pilot plant “is a small replica of the big mill that we will use to train our employees and develop samples for customers.” Columbia Pulp aims to revolutionize pulp production by creating a market for a former waste byproduct, wheat straw, which will be used to produce sustainable paper-making pulp to manufacture paper towels, facial tissue, packaging, molded fiber for single-use plates, cups, de-icing and dust abatement agents, and more. With orders already on the books, and more than 100,000 tons of straw on-hand to feed the mill at start-up, Columbia Pulp is actively hiring. Key positions listed under the employment section of its website include journeyman electrician, maintenance mechanic, controller and purchasing assistant. Begley said about 30 employees have been hired — it held a job fair in May — but that the company plans to bring on another 75 to 80 workers this year. Ground was broken in August 2017 on the $185 million complex, which comprises about 15 acres near the Lyons Ferry bridge, north of Dayton in Columbia County. Pacific Civil Infrastructure Inc. of Sumner is the general contractor, with several local subcontractors such as G2 Construction of Kennewick, also making contributions. In selling its leftover straw to Columbia Pulp’s subsidiary, Columbia Straw Supply, local wheat farmers stand to benefit from the profitable, eco-friendly alternative to the costly practice of burning it after harvest. About 1 million tons are burned annually in the state of Washington, Begley said. Conservation districts sell permits to burn the wheat straw residue, priced per acre. Cody Chapman, a Dayton wheat grower

who has sold to Columbia Straw Supply, said it’s a hefty cost to factor in when burning 1,300 acres biannually. “Income off of the straw has been nice,” he said. “You pay to burn, but now I’m creating income through the straw.” Skip Mead, a Dayton wheat grower who plans to sell straw to Columbia Straw Supply, said he doesn’t know anyone who likes to burn it. “Burning was just another tool,” he said. So, what’s kept wheat straw from becoming a valuable commodity until now? Wheat straw had eluded commercialization by the North American paper industry because of limitations of existing pulping technologies, according to the company. But that changed when Begley was approached five years ago by University of Washington researchers Mark Lewis and Bill McKean, who had responded to the state Department of Ecology’s call for a solution to the leftover straw dilemma. Begley, who had accumulated more than 40 years of experience in the pulp and paper industry through his work with Weyerhaeuser, Port Townsend Paper and Grays Harbor Paper in leading roles, came out of retirement to pursue the new project with McKean and Lewis, forming Columbia Pulp. Begley reported that the project is being financed by a combination of $135 million in solid waste disposal bonds supplied through the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority, which are underwritten by Goldman Sachs. The remaining $50 million is private equity invested into the firm and managed by Columbia Ventures Corp., based in Vancouver, Washington. Columbia Pulp is sourcing its straw from within a 75-mile radius of the plant, Begley said, and the Columbia County Conservation District helped to promote the idea to local growers at a meeting three years ago. “This whole thing’s a success story,” Mead said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for our economy and I really hope that it takes off and is here for a long time,” Chapman said. uPULP, Page 14

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Kennewick lab provides fast, accurate analysis of ag samples BY LAURA KOSTAD

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For more than 35 years, Northwest Agricultural Consultants has been providing the Columbia Basin with quality, in-house soil, plant and water testing services, continually upgrading its equipment and testing methods to deliver fast results. Company President Wade Carter said the accredited lab strives for one-day or better turnaround, processing tens of thousands of samples from across Washington, Idaho and Oregon every year. “The faster we can get people their data, the faster they can make their decisions,” he said. Areas of analysis include soil, plant tissue, water, fertilizer, geotechnical, feed, nematode and macro- and micronutrient single tests. Carter and his team primarily serve the agricultural sector, providing services to major ag retailers, government agencies, universities, other environmental labs and consultants and some private farming and residential customers. “We’ve grown and we keep getting larger,” Carter said. “Our workflow kind of varies based off of what trends are taking place in agriculture. For example, for a long time we have done testing for hops. In the past three years it’s really ramped up due to demand. It kind of changes the way that testing is done as far as throughput.” He explained that the diversification of crops grown in Eastern Washington has helped create more opportunities for the company to provide services and to offset market volatility. Northwest Agricultural Consultants, or NWAG, also sells a complete line of labware, as well as lab and field instruments. Carter said in the past decade, NWAG has seen a steady increase in demand for geotechnical testing services related to the structural properties of soil so has expanded its clientele to include municipal and state governments, landfill operators, treatment plants and geotechnical firms. “Many of the fields are so closely related as far as what you’re testing and

the instruments being used … (geotechnical) use(s) almost all the same testing methods, just slightly different procedures,” Carter said. Carter said a lot of NWAG’s clientele on the geotechnical side are companies and engineers in western Washington. “I think what makes us stand out as a laboratory is our high standards for data quality. Our laboratory group is staffed with talented people who have extensive analytical chemistry expertise,” he said. “Our programmers are also brilliant at finding ways to move data around, which is invaluable for maintaining a fast turnaround time for our clients and ensuring that our results can be smoothly integrated into field monitoring apps and software,” he added. One longtime customer, who asked not to be named to protect his company’s privacy, has been doing business with NWAG for 44 years, sending in soil and plant samples for broad spectrum analysis related to crop loss. “It’s fairly reliable, their testing,” said the customer. “They have so much experience with me that if they do a test and it looks a little hinky, they’ll run it in a different manner to make sure the number is verified. And if they charge me for it, I don’t complain because I need accurate results.” NWAG occupies a 5,000-square-foot, two-story commercial office off West Falls Avenue in Kennewick and employs 10 people. The downstairs is devoted to a sample log-in and prep room to minimize the amount of dirt and other contaminants exposed to the sensitive instruments housed in the labs upstairs. Carter said a large portion of the upper floor is devoted to a wet lab where chemical reactions and extractions take place. Started by Marr Waddoups, whose motto was “don’t guess … soil test,” in the 1970s, NWAG began as Marr Waddoups and Associates. In the early 1980s, the name changed to Northwest Agricultural Consultants. When Waddoups retired in 1990, his stepson, a chemist named Bob Sickles, took over. “Bob was really good at agriculture, but his specialty was chemistry; he

Wade Carter, president of Northwest Agricultural Consultants, stands outside the Kennewick-based analytical lab, which specializes in soil, plant fertility and water testing for both residential and commercial clients. The company was founded in the 1970s by Marr Waddoups.

made the lab run really smooth,” Carter said. Carter joined in 2008 while studying chemistry and the sciences in college. Originally a computer science major, he said he came to love the lab-side of the business. Sickles offered Carter the managing role of the company when he retired in 2015. “It was an easy decision to stay,” Carter said. Over the years, technology has evolved. Automation has enabled lab technicians to place samples into a machine, which produces data on an adjacent monitor; all trends are mapped

in seconds, generating visuals to help customers better understand the data. Automation has significantly increased the number of samples that can be processed, while paring down turnaround time. Technology and automation are making their way into the fields as well. With fiber-optics beginning to extend into rural areas, more farmers have access to vital real-time data in the palm of their hand. Soil moisture, pH monitoring and weather reports are just a few of the data feeds previously unavailable to remote growers. uCONSULTANTS, Page 17


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New state winery permit aims to protect water quality BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

Washington’s wineries and the state Department of Ecology have collaborated to develop the first statewide water quality permit that aims to help the industry prevent pollution and protect water quality. This new winery general permit establishes practices to help wineries manage their wastewater by providing broad, efficient and consistent coverage. The permit is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2019. The delayed start gives winemakers time to assess their facilities and develop a compliance strategy that best suits their business.

“We worked closely with local winemakers to develop a permit that provides environmental protection in a way that lightens the financial and operational hardship on wineries, especially for smaller wineries,” said Heather Bartlett, water quality program manager for the state, in a news release. “Most of Washington’s wineries already have good practices that protect clean water. This permit will continue that standard of eco-friendly wastewater management as this industry rapidly grows.” Washington is the second largest wineproducing state in the nation after California. The byproduct of making wine is a corrosive wastewater that, if not properly

managed, can damage soil and crops, kill aquatic life, degrade the infrastructure in wastewater treatment plants and pull metals from the soil into groundwater that can harm people, according to the state Department of Ecology. The state has worked closely with the winemaking community, stakeholders and public since 2014 to develop this permit, according to officials. The permit incorporates the best practices from wineries already successfully managing wastewater and time-tested practices from California’s regulations. A guiding principle was to provide flexibility for wineries covered under the permit and provide options for winemakers to

comply. This will allow wineries to manage wastewater in the way that best suits their business. Wineries may need coverage under the permit if they discharge more than 53,505 gallons of wastewater in a calendar year. Specifically, these wineries will need coverage if they discharge winery process wastewater as irrigation to managed vegetation; to a lagoon or other liquid storage structure; as road dust abatement; to a subsurface infiltration system; to an infiltration basin; and to a wastewater treatment plant. In the coming year, the state will hold workshops to provide guidance to winery representatives about how to apply for coverage, inspect their facilities, document their progress, implement best management practices and report their monitoring data to the agency. Learn more at PULP, From page 12 However, local growers aren’t without their reservations, as many consider the burning of leftover straw an important part of soil renewal. “There is a way to do it right and not steal from your soil, which I think a lot of people are concerned about,” Mead said. “I think with good management, you can do both — you can save your nutrients and supply some straw.” Chapman said he aims for long-term sustainability in his fields. In a higher rainfall area like Dayton, Chapman’s fields are on a four-year rotation and straw is baled for sale during the second year of that rotation. “We’re only taking straw off one of those four years. … Currently, we’re not seeing any nutrient loss,” he said, adding that yearly soil tests reveal patterns in nutrient deficiencies. The amount of straw used by Columbia Pulp for manufacturing market pulp and then paper products will replace approximately 280,000 tons of wood chips, positively impacting forest sustainability, the company said. The innovative concept will serve to revitalize the local straw industry via an estimated annual $13 million in straw purchase, eliminating the need to burn 250,000 of the four million tons produced within the sourcing area of the Lyons Ferry plant, saving an estimated 45,000 tons of air emissions, Begley said. The state-of-the-art facility also will incorporate energy-efficient processes because it will use less energy and chemicals than traditional pulp mills, reducing unpleasant odors often experienced in communities near sulfur-based mills. Columbia Pulp plans to sell or use the residual product from pulping, including carbohydrate and lignin residues from the manufacturing process. “It’s going to have a big impact on the local community,” Begley said, adding that future expansion is “certainly our hope.” Columbia Pulp’s main office is at 115 E. Main St., Dayton. For more information, visit; Facebook; 509288-4892.

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Kennewick business acquires Prosser crop insurance company BY JESSICA HOEFER

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After years of referring business to one another, Basin Pacific Insurance & Benefits acquired Manley Crop Insurance in Prosser for an undisclosed amount. Brad Toner, owner of the Kennewick insurance and benefits agency, said the transaction—which was solidified in May—felt more like a merger because the two companies share such similar business philosophies. “We had developed a relationship over the last few years,” said Toner, referring to Manley Crop Insurance owner Ann Manley. “Our cultures were very much similar and it’s been a very smooth transition. It feels like family.” Manley and Toner began talks about Basin Pacific Insurance & Benefits buying the business about a year ago. “I did look at other options to sell, but the businesses were much more corporate and we would have to do things their way,” Manley said. “Brad was the only one who listened to that concern. Our cultures are the same.” Manley will continue working at the 2,000-square-foot Prosser office at 424 Wine Country Road. The name will remain the same, as well as the employees, which includes Manley and her daughter, Brooke Manley Rodriguez. “It was really important for me to keep the doors open here in Prosser,” said Manley, who started her business in 1996. “If a four-person office closes in the Tri-Cities, it might not be noticed, but in Prosser, if four people aren’t here, that’s four people who aren’t shopping, who aren’t eating lunch at the restaurants.” Toner said the only change the public will see is that Manley Crop Insurance will now have a landing page on Basin Pacific Insurance’s website, as well as a new logo displayed. “It’s a circular logo. Outside the circle, it says Manley on top and Crop Insurance on the bottom,” he said. “The letters are in red, and in the middle of the circle is the Basin Pacific logo. And underneath the logo is a bundle of wheat, grapes and an apple.” Manley Crop Insurance has more than 350 clients, mostly in Yakima, Benton, Klickitat, Franklin and Morrow counties. The farms served range from less than an acre to upwards of 10,000 acres, and Manley said it’s a complicated business because of federal laws. “Everything is driven by dates and deadlines,” she said. Farmers also are creatures of habit, she said, and keeping the staff in place helps maintain trust with clients. “Humans pick up the phone here, not an automated system,” she said, adding that going from an owner to an employee has its benefits. Toner said the company sent letters to Manley Crop Insurance clients to make them aware of the business acquisition. “It’s been out there that’s something is going on,” he said, “But again, there’s no physical change in her office.” Manley said she’s looking forward to continuing to work with her farmers and

Justin Toner, from left, Josh Toner, Brad Toner, Ann Manley, Brooke Manley Rodriguez, Tina Randles and Laauli Faamausili stand in front of Manley Crop Insurance, which was acquired by Basin Pacific Insurance & Benefits in May. The Prosser office will keep its location and name.

building the relationships she’s made over the years without the stress of running a business. “I absolutely love working with farmers,” she said, adding that while she’ll keep working, she intends to travel more and spend time with her grandkids. Basin Pacific Insurance & Benefits has been operating at 8382 W. Gage Blvd., Ste. A, since 2010 and is a fullservice independent agency. Toner said

there are about a dozen employees at the Kennewick office, and agents handle a variety of insurance needs, including home, auto, commercial, bonding, life and health. The franchise began as Basin Insurance, with Gary Trautman opening the first office in Moses Lake in 1997. That office became the starting point for the franchise, which has expanded to include 15 locations around Washington,

Oregon and Idaho. The company eventually adopted the Basin Pacific name to extend the familiarity beyond the Columbia Basin where the company originated. Toner’s two sons, Josh and Justin, also work with him in Kennewick, and he hopes his family can continue to grow the business. “We need to add a personal line agency in the future,” Toner said. “Our biggest sector is agriculture, and we work with a lot of commercial businesses and nonprofits, but we need to increase our personal lines business.” Toner said right now, personal lines account for less than 5 percent of its revenue, and his goal is to increase this to 25 percent. “We’d like to acquire another agency, and we’re hoping within two to five years we can do that. We’re putting out our feelers,” he said. The company also has a goal to move into a more permanent location. In the last year or two, Toner said it has made a couple of offers to buy buildings in the Tri-Cities. “But for one reason or another, it didn’t work out,” he said. “We’re looking to have a permanent location that we can grow into as we continue to expand in the near future.” Basin Pacific Insurance & Benefits: 8382 W Gage Blvd, Ste. A, Kennewick;; 509-735-7506; Facebook.


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WSU wine researcher helps winemakers achieve ideal shades of rosé BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

Jim Harbertson sees through rosécolored glasses finely-tuned shades and hues ranging from blush and coral to berry jam. Harbertson, a wine researcher at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland, has become an expert in the science of pink-esque pretty. With the rosé wine craze in full bloom and warmer weather helping to catapult its popularity, consumers can judge a rosé by its color, thanks to the associate professor of enology’s research. “More than other wine types, color heavily influences consumers’ perceptions of rosé. This makes winemakers particularly mindful of achieving just the right color,” he explained. Rosé stands apart from other wines in its diversity of hues, shades and tints. Though aroma and flavor are important to consumers, studies say the number one factor is its pinkish charm. A rosé’s color also signifies its style. A light-colored rosé is expected to be a lighter-bodied wine and a darker one is more full-bodied, said Harbertson, of WSU’s viticulture and enology program. But nailing down the right color can be tricky. Rosé is made by exposing dark winegrape skins to the juice for a short time, typically two to 48 hours, until it reaches a desired color. The challenge is that perfect pink lightens during fermenting

and then darkens after being bottled, Harbertson said. “You lose about 60 percent to 70 percent of the initial color depending on how much color you start out with,” he said. “Rosé may be easy to drink, but it is not easy to make.” A decade or so ago, rosé was mostly viewed as sweet and cheap. Now considered chic and sophisticated, sales climbed 40 percent in 2017, according to the market researcher Nielson. As more consumers discover pink gems from Washington state, winemakers started turning to Harbertson for scientific advice on how to develop colors more precisely. He and graduate student Caroline Merrell conducted a study by tracking color changes that occur during fermentation and after the rosé is bottled. Published in Catalyst, a journal by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, they found that sulfur dioxide management is an important factor in developing the rosé wine color. They also set forth a guide for winemakers to follow that allows them to predict color changes analytically to achieve that shade of ballet-slipper-pink or deep rouge. “What’s significant is that our study provides tools to winemakers to measure apparent and potential color in their rosé wines. There’s more science and less guesswork involved in the process,” he said.

Washington State University Tri-Cities wine researcher Jim Harbertson enjoys, admires and carefully weighs the hues, shades and tints of rosé wine. His research helped determine that sulfur dioxide management is an important factor in developing the color of rosés. (Courtesy WSU)

CONSULTANTS, From page 13 “The new technology is really helpful,” Carter said. “It gives them a clue as to where to test. I think a lot of the newer technology and on-site sampling helps to find those management areas.” “Previously, a lot of the time, people would just look at one area of their fields despite the variability throughout,” Carter said. “It’s pretty common now to see zone and grid sampling to determine yield zones.” Looking to the future, Carter said NWAG plans to keep on the cuttingedge of industry innovations by con-

tinually upgrading instruments and equipment as new technology and testing methods become available. “Currently, we are focused on making the right investments to keep up with growth, and we are also working on expanding our laboratory capabilities into other analytical testing areas,” Carter said. “People want accurate, precise, consistent results and that’s our priority no. 1.” Northwest Agricultural Consultants: 2545 W. Falls Ave. in Kennewick;; 509-783-7450 or 888-7837450.


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Naidu Rayapati gives a talk to growers in a vineyard near Prosser. He has been named director of the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser and assistant dean for the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University Tri-Cities. (Courtesy WSU)

WSU grape virologist named assistant dean, director BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

A world-renowned plant pathologist has been named director of the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser and assistant dean for the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland. Naidu Rayapati studies virus diseases in a variety of crops, with an emphasis on wine grapes. He’s worked in vineyards and farmers’ fields to help fight off pathogens that could have massive effect on crops in Washington and around the world. “I’m very excited about taking on these dual roles, including the new assistant dean position for the Tri-Cities campus,” Rayapati said. “We need to harness scientific and technological innovations, optimize strategic advantages, and maximize opportunities at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC) and WSU Tri-Cities campuses.” He started his new position May 15. The new assistant dean position will strengthen cross-campus collaborations and university-stakeholder partnerships, enhancing the visibility and impacts of extension and academic programs from College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, or CAHNRS, across Washington state and globally, Rayapati said. Rayapati also aims to build partnerships

with other institutions for advancing the overall land-grant mission of WSU and to actively contribute to WSU’s Drive to 25 initiative. The initiative’s goal is to position WSU as one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030. Both the IAREC and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ WSU Wine Science Center in Richland are large components of the WSU Viticulture and Enology program. While serving in his new roles, Rayapati will continue to conduct research in his grape virology program, with support from CAHNRS and his team of research associates, graduate students and technical staff taking on a larger role in successfully running his program. Rayapati takes over as director of the IAREC from Gary Grove, who will remain director of WSU’s AgWeatherNet. “We are very appreciative of Gary Grove’s positive and impactful leadership and management of the IAREC along with his successful engagement with our stakeholders and industry,” said Ron Mittelhammer, dean of CAHNRS. “Rayapati’s research work in grape virology is incredibly important and valuable to the Washington wine industry, which is why CAHNRS is committed to continuing to provide substantial support for it,” Mittelhammer said. “Now, all of the CAHNRS scientists at the IAREC and the Tri-Cities campus will benefit from his leadership skills.”

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AGRICULTURE NW FARM, From page 11 NW Farm Supply also manufactures its own flatbeds, dump trailers and custom utility trailers through Premier Northwest LLC, a company it started in 2003. “We do a lot of custom trailers— building what a customer needs rather than a cookie-cutter approach,” he said. “We’ve built thousands of trailers since we started that business.” In 2003, the company opened a branch in Walla Walla and in November, NW Farm Supply began leasing Del’s Farm Feed & Supply building in Othello after that business closed. The company also has expanded into product lines. About six years ago, the company bought Nutritional Services Inc., which created a supplement to correct the nutritional imbalances of feed grown in the Northwest. “A lot of equine science has gone into it over the years,” said Crowther, who explained that the Nutritional Services was established in 1970 in Hermiston. “We’ve added microminerals that have enhanced those formulas to be even better. Those products sell at our own stores, but they’re also distributed to supply farm and feed stores.” NW Farm Supply has 35 to 40 fulland part-time employees. The addition of the Prosser store will add another 10 to 12 employees, Crowther said. Prosser native Kevin McClure will manage the new store. The contractor overseeing construction is Pasco-based Teton West, while Big D’s Construction is handling drainage and grading work. Brashear Electric of Richland is handling electrical. Crowther said the total cost for the project is more than $1 million. NW Farm Supply plans a soft opening in late June with a grand opening in July—although a specific date has not been set. Employees from the Hermiston branch will assist with the opening to help new employees acclimate to the computer system. There also will be bilingual staff to assist customers with questions in both English and Spanish. “We provide discounts for 4-H and FFA purchases,” said Crowther, adding the company provides a lot of local support and donations within the communities it serves.

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Trusts can keep the family farm in the family BY T. MICHAEL TALLMAN

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I can still remember the days of working with my dad and grandpa on the farm. Each fall while they were driving a harvester, I drove a truck to get our crops to market. It always seemed like we spent more time on repairs and maintenance of the equipment than harvesting crops. When it comes to maintaining the farm over multiple generations, a trust is a tool that can keep the family farm in the family. Common objectives for trusts are to reduce estate tax liability; avoid probate; create privacy; and provide control of assets after the owner (trust grantor) passes away. Proving control is especially beneficial for a farm owner who wants to ensure the farm is protected and properly managed for multiple generations. A trust requires four basic elements: a trustee, a trust document, trust property and beneficiaries. A trustee’s duty is to continue with the vision the grantor had when they put the trust in place. The trustee named by the trust creator can be individuals such as family or trusted friends. Another option is to hire a third-party corporation that specializes in trust services and understands the rules and requirements involved in acting as trustee. A trust document, drafted by an

estate planning attorney, spells out the rules the trust grantor wants followed for the beneficiaries of the trust. The trustee, for the benefit of the benefiT. Michael Tallman ciary, manages HFG Trust trust property such as cash, investments, land or real property. The beneficiary named by the grantor derives the benefits from the trust, typically in the form of income or future ownership of trust assets. In the case of creating a trust for a farm, some unique considerations may need addressed such as transferring any entity ownership interests to the trust; obtaining written consent from any lienholders; assigning a landlord’s or tenant’s interest in a lease; addressing wind lease, water and mineral rights; and transferring livestock brands. A dynasty trust, which is an irrevocable trust intended to benefit generations of family members, can be an effective tool for farm owners. The grantor of a dynasty trust usually has three objectives: to have control for the longest time allowable by law; to protect the assets from federal transfer taxes for the longest possible period while making the assets available for

future generations; and to protect the trust assets from potential claims brought by a beneficiary’s creditors. To accomplish these objectives, the assets must be permitted to continue in trust over multiple generations. The rule against perpetuities states that beneficial interests must at some point be vested and the trust assets be distributed to the beneficiaries. Once the assets are distributed to the beneficiaries, both transfer tax and creditor protection are lost. As a result, dynasty trusts are best used in states that have either abolished or extended the rule against perpetuities. Washington has extended this period to 150 years. Other states that have eliminated the rule include Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Virginia. A multi-generational farm is not only represented by the land that is tilled, the crops that are grown or the equipment used to harvest, it represents the hard work and determination of your family’s legacy – past, present and future. A trust can help protect and keep that legacy close to heart. T. Michael Tallman is a certified financial planner and advisor at HFG Trust in Kennewick.

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A case for robots: Washington courts putting farmworkers out of work BY MADI CLARK

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In an unsurprising, yet disappointing ruling from the Washington state Supreme Court, agricultural employers will have another hurdle facing them. The court recently issued its opinion in Carranza v. Dovex, making it difficult for agricultural employers to use compensation systems like piece-rate pay. The narrow 5-4 decision will further complicate how farmers pay their employees and shows how large the urban and rural divide is. Breaktime rest, piece-rate pay, class action lawsuits and agricultural overtime are all issues Washington farmers face. The barrage of law-

suits Washington farmers are experiencing reminds me of a testimony to the House Agriculture committee in 2017 on Senate Bill 5720. The testifier, Rosalinda Guillen with Community to Community said, “We are not machines.” Unfortunately, if the relationship between farmer and employee becomes unstable, risky and unpredictable, agricultural workers eventually will be replaced by machines — hurting farmworker families and rural communities. Some claim mechanization is unfair. Failure to mechanize, however, is illogical when the threat of labor lawsuits looms over many farmers despite their effort to follow the law. This is where

Carranza v. Dovex comes in. Dovex is a fruit grower and packer who has been using workweek averaging, which divides the total income Madi Clark of the week by Washington the hours worked Policy Center to guarantee all workers make at least minimum wage when picking on a piece-rate basis. Piece-rate payment compensates a worker based on their productivity rewarding efficiency and allowing workers to set their own goals.

A video from the Washington State Tree Fruit Association documents farmworkers who state 90 percent to 95 percent of workers prefer to work on this type of piece-rate system. Workers state the flexibility and opportunity to set their own salary goals are key reasons they prefer the piece-rate system. Under piece-rate payment, the employer is obligated under Washington’s Minimum Wage Act, or MWA, to “pay to each of his or her employees who has reached the age of 18 years wages at a rate of not less than (the applicable minimum wage) per hour.” Under this guidance, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries policies recommended workweek averaging to guide employers on the proper way to compensate employees. Unfortunately for Washington farmers who were following the guidance of L&I, the majority’s opinion gave no deference to L&I’s policies and left employers vulnerable to lawsuits.  Instead, the majority’s opinion will require employers to pay separate wages for different tasks that must be compensated on an hourly basis and can no longer use workweek averaging. So grab your stopwatches and start clocking — but first employers have to wait to find out what is and is not piece-rate work. Additionally, the “practical effect of the majority’s holding is to accept the plaintiffs’ plea to transform the MWA into California minimum wage law, despite the fact that federal courts have recently rejected arguments to do so.” California state law explicitly does not allow work week averaging and their minimum wage law does not use the word “rate,” which is included in the Washington MWA. In surprisingly pointed language, the dissenting opinion concludes that “The majority’s reinterpretation of RCW 49.46.020 charts an entirely new direction for minimum wage compliance in Washington. Everyone, including (L&I), will have to revise years of policy and practice, and the Legislature will have to further consider whether statutory provisions that interact with RCW 49.46.020 need to be amended.” The confusion and uncertainty evident within the Carranza v. Dovex case perfectly illustrates how risky it is for farmers to employ workers. Even by following the plain language of the statute and the policies of the administering agencies, farmers still are vulnerable to costly lawsuits that slowly change state law to advance the priorities of special interest groups. Unfortunately for farmworkers and their families, rural communities and farmers the relationship between farmer and employee is slowly eroding. It is practical for businesses to mechanize their operations when the cost is lower, and the risk is lower. In fact, this is already happening in Washington state and will likely happen faster as the courts continue making a case for robots. Madi Clark is the Washington Policy Center’s agriculture policy research director based in the Tri-Cities.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2018 uBUSINESS BRIEFS USDA resumes voluntary CRP enrollment

As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP. Eligible farmers, ranchers and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency office through Aug. 17. FSA stopped accepting applications last fall for the CRP continuous signup to allow the USDA to review available acres and avoid exceeding the 24 million-acre cap set by the 2014 Farm Bill. In return for enrolling land in the program, participants receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance.

Framatome adding services with new partnership

Framatome, which has a location in Richland, has created several partnerships to enhance its services. The company, formerly known as Areva, has joined with McAfee to increase cybersecurity in the energy industry. It will combine its cyber products and services with McAfee cybersecurity hardware, software, support and incident response services to protect and support digital assets of energy transmission, distribution and generation facilities, and the reliability of electricity production. The solution helps meet U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, International Atomic Energy Agency and other international regulations, and North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Critical Infrastructure Protection standards. Framatome also has signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Dominion Energy to provide steam generator ser-

vices to the company’s entire nuclear fleet. The inspection and maintenance work on the fleet in Connecticut and Virginia will support the continued generation of low-carbon electricity from the steam generators.

Regional chamber to award $30,000 in grants to small businesses

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Washington River Protection Solutions have once again partnered to offer grants to local small businesses through the small business incentive program. The program is designed to strengthen and support small businesses in the TriCities.  Winners will be awarded up to $2,000 each for various items to enhance their company and grow their business in the community. The program has given 268 grants to small businesses, totaling $210,000 since its inception in 2011.  Previous grants have helped businesses pay for software, website design, professional training, new signage, computers and more. The eligibility criteria for the Small Business Incentive Program includes: the company must be an established small business and a member of the Tri-City Regional Chamber; non-members that have been in business at least 18 months may still qualify for the program upon joining the regional chamber prior to the application deadline; and the company must be organized as a for-profit business and demonstrate potential for success. All applicants must complete the entire application and sufficiently demonstrate how the item or service will strengthen their business. Applicant businesses must have 30 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and annual revenue less than $3,000,000. New this year, members can apply for

a grant through an online application at Printed applications also will be accepted; they can be turned into the Regional Chamber office at 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Ste. C in Kennewick. Applications must be in by 5 p.m. July 27 to be considered. For questions about the program, contact the Regional Chamber at 509-7360510 or info@tricityregionalchamber. com.

Ferguson to call on lawmakers to OK opioid bills

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson joined a group of 38 other attorneys general to call on Congress to pass two bills to help reduce opioids entering the black market. A letter was sent to the chair people and ranking members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. The bills sponsored by Sen. Marie Cantwell (D-Washington) include SB 2456, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, and SB 2440, the Comprehensive Addiction Reform, Education and Safety Act. They increase penalties on drug companies that fail to report suspicious transactions and maintain effective controls against their drugs entering the illicit market. The bills would increase civil penalties from $10,000 to $100,00 per violation for negligence in reporting suspicious activity and double the fine for not keeping proper reporting systems to $500,000.


Pasco council lifts firework ban, adopts state standards

The Pasco City Council recently voted to lift a ban on personal fireworks that had been in place since 1996. The council instead adopted state standards for permitted fireworks. “This new ordinance is a pragmatic approach to current attitudes about fireworks that balances safety and enforcement,” said Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins in a statement. The council also noted the change in landscape with previous fields becoming developed as well and limited resources for enforcement of a total ban. State standards limit the type of fireworks sold and restricts time and location of sales of personal fireworks. For complete details on the ordinance, go to PascoFireworks. Personal fireworks are banned in Kennewick city limits; Richland and West Richland allow fireworks with limitations.

New tower at vit plant to house evaporator equipment

A steel tower weighing 40 tons that will stand 45 feet tall recently made its way to Hanford’s vit plant, or the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. The tower that took 15 heavy-haul trailers to transport will house evaporator equipment that supports the Department of Energy to begin treatment waste through its direct-feed, low-activity waste vitrification approach.


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REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION Hill’s Restaurant and Lounge plans to reopen this fall Fire, smoke closed homestyle Kennewick diner two years ago


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Less than a year and a half since a kitchen fire closed Hill’s Restaurant and Lounge in Kennewick, the diner is making a comeback. A majority of the original building has been demolished, but when the restaurant reopens in November, TriCitians will once again be able to enjoy their favorite homestyle meals at 24 Vista Way. “We’re trying to keep it as close as possible (to the original),” said Nancy Galstad, who operates Hill’s with the help of her life partner, Roger Pearson. Project manager Jared Wendlandt of G2 Construction of Kennewick, the general contractor on the project, said, “If we do it right, it will still maintain the old homey café feeling.” Stripped down to its original foundation and some concrete masonry unit walls, a near total rebuild was necessary

after extensive smoke damage was discovered by previous contractors who had gutted the building earlier this year. The project budget remains a moving target, Wendlandt said, who estimated the total cost likely will be in the $500,000 to $600,000 range for building owner, CHM Development, a company based in Ketchum, Idaho. Galstad said the reconstruction is being funded by CHM, while “insurance is taking care of some of it already.” However, she said any upgrades beyond the cost of replacement will not be covered by insurance. An unexplained fire broke out in October 2016 near a deep fryer in the kitchen. Since the event occurred outside the establishment’s hours of operation, no one was injured. In the wake of the damage and ensuing insurance and permitting challenges, Galstad said there was one bright spot: the opportunity to make long desired improvements.

Construction is underway at Hill’s Restaurant and Lounge at 24 Vista Way in Kennewick, with a reopening planned for November. The locally operated homestyle diner closed in fall 2016 after a kitchen fire caused extensive smoke damage.

Design West Architects, which operates a local office in Kennewick, is providing design services. Wendlandt said the new eatery will be about 2,100 square feet and that “the layout will be very close” to the original footprint. One key improvement will be a new

kitchen intended to improve workflow, with a walk-in cooler located outside to capitalize on available space. Wendlandt said the parking area also will receive a refresh to complement the curb appeal improvements the city of Kennewick has planned, which include tree planting. uHILL’S, Page 24


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HILL’S, From page 23 A lot has changed since the building’s original construction in the 1950s. Several add-ons over the years consisting of varied construction techniques, such as the addition of the bar area around 1967, rendered the old building a bit of an architectural “hodgepodge,” Wendlandt said. The new Hill’s will feature accessible walkways and bathrooms, as well as several updated utilities, which will alleviate previous plumbing issues. A new gas line will be installed and the restaurant will be hooked into an improved sewer line that runs alongside the property. If all goes according to plan, Hill’s customers will be greeted by the familiar big sign and arrow—newly refurbished—as well as a front entry and vestibule similar to the original. The restaurant’s muchloved bar stool seating facing the kitchen also will be incorporated into the rebuild, but with a modernized feel. Customers also will be happy to know that the “Our Lady” painting will have a home in the new restaurant for future customer photo ops. Galstad said the same menu is planned, though the kitchen will carry on its tradition of experimenting with new dishes. “We tried to keep things fresh and put out different stuff,” she explained, adding that for those who haven’t experienced Hill’s, its cuisine is best described as “what grandma used to cook, probably great grandma now,” Galstad said with a chuckle. “It’s one of the last home-style cooking restaurants in the Tri-Cities,” said longtime customer Terry DeVine. “They’ve

got the best breakfast in town, that’s my opinion.” The restaurant originally opened as a walk-up named Max’s Stop and Go, DeVine said, which he said he visited a handful of times while attending Richland High. DeVine, a 1952 graduate, moved to Kennewick in 1969 and became a regular of what had turned into a full-scale restaurant called Max’s Broiler. “I’ve been eating there ever since; it’s just a good place to go,” he said. Earlier that decade, in 1962, the original Hill’s Restaurant was opened by Tom and Ronna Hill where Columbia Center mall is now. Hill’s moved to its present-day location in the 1990s after Max’s Broiler closed. Galstad took over management of the restaurant from the Hills about 20 years ago. “It’s a good food corner,” DeVine said. “They’ve always had good food in that building and always had really good help. It’s one of the few places that has an every-night special, and it’s the same every night of the week,” he continued. “It will just be fun to have it back there.” Galstad said what she looks forward to most is “getting back to our people.” Before the fire, Hill’s employed 19 servers, hostesses, bartenders and kitchen staff. “Some (former staff) have said they’re coming back regardless,” Galstad said. Others, she explained, have retired or have found other jobs, so Hill’s will be hiring leading up to the anticipated Nov. 1 reopening. “See you in the fall,” Galstad said.


REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION uBUSINESS BRIEFS Radiological books donated to WSU Tri-Cities A 3,400-item collection of books, detailing subjects from radiation biophysics to how radioactivity impacts health, recently was donated to Washington State University Tri-Cities’ library by a former professor. The collection, worth more than $250,000, was donated by Ronald Kathren and his wife, Susan Kathren. Ronald Kathren taught radiological and environmental sciences at WSU Tri-Cities and served as the director of the U.S. Transuranium and Uranium Registries at WSU. He serves on the Herbert M. Parker Foundation board, a partner of WSU, which is committed to educating the public on radiological sciences. The Parker Foundation also hosts two lectures a year to provide renowned professionals of the radiological sciences an educational platform. The Ronald and Susan Kathren Radiological and Affiliated Sciences Collection is valuable to WSU TriCities as a resource, because the university has many research and professional ties to the Hanford site, in the radiological cleanup effort of the site and generally in the study of how radiation impacts health and other areas, said Karly Bailey, development coordinator for the WSU Foundation. Ronald Kathren said he wanted to donate the collection to WSU Tri-Cities because it would serve as a research resource to students, faculty and professionals in radiological, engineering and other related industries. It also serves as a useful historical collection, he said. “The collection contains unique materials relating to studies of radio-

logical effects, including works by such scientific luminaries as Marie Curie, Ernest Rutherford, as well as the library of the radium dial painter studies,” he said. “As such, it will be of value to students and researchers in medicine, physics, environmental sciences and especially the Hanford History Project.”

City of Pasco seeks public input on logo redesign

The city of Pasco is gearing up to revamp its logo. The current logo was created in the 1960s and the city would like an updated image to reflect the present and how Pasco has flourished. BrandCraft marketing and design agency, along with the city, is seeking public input. Visit to complete a survey through June 20. BrandCraft will present several concept options that will be open for public review at a meeting July 30. For information, call 509-545-3485.

AARP holding digital identity workshop in July

AARP Washington is offering a free workshop on identity theft in July in Kennewick. The “Taking Charge of your Digital Identity” event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11 at the Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Participants will learn how to protect their personal information and take charge of their digital identity. A variety of speakers are scheduled to talk. Lunch is included in the free event. Registration is required. Register at or call toll-free 877-9268300.

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$11.3 million in financing secured for The Commons apartments 150-unit apartment complex in north Richland approaches full occupancy BY LAURA KOSTAD

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Less than a year since construction wrapped up on The Commons at Innovation Center apartments in north Richland, $11.3 million in permanent financing has been secured as the complex closes in on full occupancy. Located in the Tri-Cities Research District across the street from the Lofts apartments, the 95,102-square-foot, 150-unit Commons complex, completed in 2015, is not only among the newest additions to the Tri-City apartment inventory, but also the area’s northernmost apartment option. “The Commons is a very high-quality property in a market where highly educated, professional tenants working at Hanford and in the research district have increased the demand for high quality housing,” said David Stinebaugh, senior vice president of CBRE Group’s Seattle office in a news release. CBRE, which arranged the financing, is a commercial real estate services and investment firm based in Los Angeles. The 160-unit Lofts were built and completed by the same developer in 2013 and are overseen by the same property management company, Prodigy Property Management. Both have been well received by those looking for affordable, high-quality apartment housing near major TriCity employers in north Richland, according to Prodigy management. “We just finished leasing up,” said Serena Kendall, property manager at The Commons. “We have only seven apartments left to rent.” Similar to the permanent financing secured in 2015 for The Lofts, CBRE recently secured permanent financing for the $18.5 million Commons project in the form of a long-term, fixed-rate loan, financed by Freddie Mac’s leaseup refinancing program. This form of financing enabled The Commons to lock in the interest rate and fund the loan before the property is fully stabilized. The Commons, at 2894 Salk Ave., is comprised of four three-story residential buildings offering studio, one- and twobedroom units averaging 634 square feet. The complex features a clubhouse/ leasing office, fitness facility and an outdoor patio with swimming pool, hot tub, outdoor gas fireplace and grill area. Units have keyless entries, black appliance packages, granite countertops, vinyl flooring, central heating and air, and nine-foot ceilings and floor-toceiling windows to maximize light and evoke a sense of spaciousness. Two soccer fields and a dog park to support the dog-friendly complexes are open to the Tri-City community and were built to create a more residential feel in the commercial area.

Kathy Espinda, vice president of Prodigy Property Management for the Tri-Cities/Central Washington region, said the development of residential neighborhoods and apartment housing options in north Richland are a part of a greater effort to incorporate the research district into the greater Richland and Tri-City communities. uCOMMONS, Page 26

More than $11 million in financing has been secured for The Commons at Innovation Center, next door to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in north Richland.


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COMMONS, From page 25 “It’s mainly people from the Tri-Cities Research District, PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) and Hanford … the complex is 90 percent Hanford driven,” Espinda said. Many residents work for Hanford site contractors, some of which are here only on short-term contracts for specific projects. Though most live alone, Espinda said there are some couples and small families who live at The Commons. With more than 10,000 employed by companies supporting the Hanford project, commutes can be long by Tri-City standards. Espinda said Commons residents are able to enjoy more of their off-work hours that would otherwise have been spent sitting in traffic to get home. She also said


many residents bike to work. my research.” The complex isn’t limited to Hanford Other aspects that convinced Wooden workers. With Washington State University she made the right choice are the sense of Tri-Cities’ campus, security she feels, Wine Science Center high level of cleanliand businesses close ness and proactive “...the complex by, the complex’s nature of the manageis 90 percent occupants are diverse. ment staff. “You realSaVina Wooden, a ly can’t beat this,” she Hanford driven.” local makeup artist said. “Newly renowho splits her time - Kathy Espinda, vated, quiet secluded between the Tri-Cities vice president of Prodigy area, two bedrooms, and Seattle, moved to Property Management and a washer and dryer for $1,100 per The Commons with for the Tri-Cities month, and that her dog in March includes electric and 2017 from Las Vegas. pet rent.” “I was like the third The Commons offers a party or event person to move in,” she said. “A lot of people filled up the apartments fast. It’s each quarter like breakfast-on-the-go or probably the best in the Tri-Cities, and I did taco Tuesday, Kendall said. “We’re also

planning to have a food truck night. It helps people to get to know their neighbors,” said Kendall, who worked in apartment management for five years at other Richland complexes before coming to The Commons. As for future projects, there had been rumblings of another complex focused on studio suites soon to join The Lofts and The Commons, but Jennifer Ross, vice president of finance at Shotgun Creek Investments, said, “We were looking into this opportunity, but it isn’t on the current scope of future developments.” According to the Washington Center for Real Estate Research, occupancy in the TriCity market area has averaged 97.4 percent since March 2014, and rent growth has remained positive, despite construction of a significant number of similar properties.


A Kennewick chiropractor soon will be moving into a new clinic that will provide additional space to accommodate its growing practice. Construction of the new Justice Family Chiropractic at 7106 W. Hood Place in Kennewick is scheduled to be completed in August. The 4,778-square-foot office will feature a modern lodge-like interior with vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams and a soothing spalike color scheme meant to provide a calming environment for families. The new building is going up across the street from Justice Family Chiropractic’s existing location. Some of the building features include additional patient adjustment rooms, a private consult room, two massage rooms and multiple private offices, as well as a dedicated children’s play area and additional parking. The expansive lobby with a massive hearth and fireplace will double as a training space for patient conferences. Dan and Lindsay Justice are the chiroprac-

tors at Justice Family Chiropractic, which they started five years ago. They have plans to bring in additional providers to serve their growing clientele. G2 Commercial Construction of Kennewick is the general contractor, with Doug and Ami Gunther managing the project. Bruce Baker of N2K Design in Richland is the architect.


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Queensgate dental hub to include five dentists, orthodontists Richland, Kennewick orthodontic practices to merge, join pediatric dental office


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Multiple pediatric dentists and orthodontists are combining their talents to open two new offices in a new two-story building under construction in the Queensgate area of Richland by spring 2019. This will include the offices and doctors from Smile Surfers in Richland, Tri-City Orthodontics in Kennewick and Parkinson + Butler Orthodontics in Richland. The five doctors formed a limited liability corporation and have broken ground on a new building at 3200 Duportail St., next to the newly opened DQ Grill & Chill. Dr. David Butler said each practice had been “coincidentally and independently” looking for a new location. The owners of Smile Surfers and Tri-City Orthodontics learned of the property available on Duportail, but then found an offer on the land had been made by another group of dental professionals. Preferring to see fellow orthodontists as “colleagues, and not competitors,” Butler said he and Dr. Chris Parkinson were open to the idea of merging their practice with the doctors who had made the offer on the lot, which included Dr. Jonathan Collette, an orthodontist, and Dr. David Hamilton and Dr. James Collette, pediatric dentists. The two Collettes are brothers. Together, the orthodontists will practice under the name Tri-City Orthodontics, which is currently used by Dr. Jonathan Collette. This is the pediatric dentists’ second

foray into opening a pediatric dental and orthodontic clinic after launching Dentistry for Kids on Quillan Place in Kennewick, adjacent to Highway 395. Hamilton and James Collette sold the Kennewick clinic last year and rebranded their Richland location as Smile Surfers. The doctors have a sister Smile Surfers practice in Sumner. Hamilton said the dentists “intend to promote a different type of model for pediatric dentistry. More preventativebased and curriculum-based, but also a fun place for education.” They are leasing the building where they currently practice at 39 Columbia Point Drive, near Winco, and will vacate the space once the new clinic is ready. Tri-City Orthodontics will continue to lease space at 2611 S. Quillan Place and keep the office there after it’s rebranded to include Parkinson and Butler. Jonathan Collette expected to keep his Southridge office and his current team in place there. “We felt that if we combined our offices, we could offer better hours and better services to our patients,” he said. Parkinson owns the building at 112 Columbia Point Drive where he practices, and intends to lease the vacant space once the move to the new Richland location is complete. The building on Duportail will be about 20,000 square feet, with the dental and orthodontic offices each taking up about 5,000 square feet in separate spaces on the second floor. The lower floor will be available for potential retail space and is currently planned as six separate 1,500-square-

A new two-story building is under construction at 3200 Duportail St., in the Queensgate area of Richland. It will house a pediatric dental practice and orthodontists under the same roof with the ability for additional tenants on the ground floor. (Courtesy Terence L. Thornhill Architect)

foot suites but could be built to suit a tenant. The facility will sit on a 1.6-acre lot. Once open, Parkinson and Butler intend to close their Columbia Point office and move their entire team to the new location. Together, the three doctors will rotate between the Kennewick and new Richland offices. Jonathan Collette said he hopes this allows the Kennewick office to open an extra day of the week so patients have the chance to visit an orthodontist on any weekday, between the two practices. Butler said he believes the majority of patients currently seen at each loca-

tion may stay at their original treatment site, but some might choose to visit a different office once the flexibility presents itself. The group is financing the project locally through Community First Bank. It’s expected to cost about $5.3 million between the $3.4 million cost of the building and the remaining money for the lot, fees and architecture, which was done by Terence L. Thornhill Architect in Pasco. The build is expected to take nine months, with completion set for February 2019.

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A new building recently completed in the King City area of Pasco is awaiting a tenant. But if no one steps forward to move in, Joel Martinez Trucking will occupy the building to grow its business. Joel Martinez is the owner of 3JM Enterprises, which owns the building at 1510 N. Commercial Ave. in Pasco. The building features 11,000 square feet of clear-span warehouse space that measures 90 feet deep by 120 feet wide. It has four bays. The two outer bays are “flow through” with a 22-foot eave height. A truck dock is available on the side of warehouse. Attached to the warehouse is 4,000 square feet of two-story office space. The building is dividable. A tenant may lease 5,500 square feet of warehouse space, along with 2,000 square feet of office space. Cost of the project was $1.5 million. CRF Metal Works in Pasco was the general contractor. Adam Hall of CRF Metal Works in Pasco and Martinez oversaw construction. Warehouse designer was Adam Hall. Office designer was Steve Varner. For more information, call Martinez at 509543-7778.

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Kennewick to turn senior center into community center BY KRISTINA LORD

The Kennewick Senior Center will transition into a community center because of dwindling use and a demand for more all-age facilities. “Our daily participation counts of seniors at the senior center have steadily declined, as have the number of volunteer hours contributed at the center. We’ve got to make a change with the marketplace,” said Emily Estes-Cross, the city’s parks, recreation and economic development director. The city will continue to use the 8,429-square-foot building at 500 S. Auburn St., near City Hall in the nineacre Keewaydin Park, to serve up Meals on Wheels lunches and offer senior programming.  The plan to convert the senior center into a community center is a work in progress. The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission will meet with the Kennewick City Council during a June 26 workshop to discuss how to keep existing seniors engaged; programs to reach a broader audience; a timeline for building remodel priorities; and a naming strategy. The workshop is at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 210 W. Sixth Ave. The city budgeted $200,000 for improvements to the center, built in 1976, that include Wi-Fi, as well as a

The city of Kennewick plans to transform its Kennewick Senior Center at 500 S. Auburn St. into a community center.

more accessible entrance. Estes-Cross said the city plans to complete an architect rendering of the improvements this year.  The definition and perception of who a “senior” is has evolved over the years, as has the growing number of options for recreation, socialization and agingrelated services, all of which has affected participation at senior centers across the country. This means cities need to catch up, Estes-Cross said. “We need to evolve our programming

and services to the existing senior population in addition to all ages and diverse abilities in the community,” she said. She pointed to two city surveys — from 2001 and 2014 — that indicated Kennewick’s desire for more community space for all ages. Since then, the city opened the Southridge Sports and Events Complex and new parks like Hansen Park. “But continued population growth intensifies the need for that social and educational space,” Estes-Cross said. The 2014 city survey indicated that

83 percent of respondents felt the label “senior” kept them from attending activities, and 79 percent said they never visited the senior center, or had visited one to three times a year. “It doesn’t serve to function as a clubhouse for a certain age demographic and it’s not the best use of the space. We need to broaden the audience,” EstesCross said. Pasco abandoned its senior center two years ago for the same reason. The city sold its senior center at 1315 N. Seventh St. to the Pasco School District, which turned it into an early learning center for preschoolers. Pasco moved its senior programs to a triple-wide modular building at 505 N. First Ave., called the First Avenue Center. Omitting the word “senior” in the building name allows it to be used as a more flexible space for all ages, city officials said. Kennewick parks and recreation officials recently met with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties as well as the Kennewick School District’s Community Education program staffers to make sure they avoided a duplication of services and to identify needs. Estes-Cross encouraged those interested in being a part of planning the senior center transition to contact her. She can be reached at 509-585-4258 and


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uBUSINESS BRIEFS WSU athletics commits to balanced budget by 2023

Washington State University recently approved the 2019 fiscal year athletics budget. This plan was presented to the WSU Board of Regents on June 8 by Athletic Director Pat Chun and Chief University Budget Officer Joan King. Much of WSU’s athletics debt is connected to investments made in improved facilities over the past several years, including a $61 million football complex. During the same time, though, institutional support began decreasing as the university struggled with the national economic downturn.

The plan to balance the budger in five years relies on increasing revenue 27 percent by fiscal year 2023 while continuing to contain expenses. This approach will slow the rate of debt accumulation over the first four years, which is expected to reach a projected total of up to $85.1 million by fiscal year 2022. Plans call for the program to achieve a balanced budget by fiscal 2023 with an anticipated $200,000 surplus. The athletics department is committed to first getting its budget balanced, then building up reserves and finally repaying central reserves. “We are not here to make excuses,” Chun said in a news release. “We are here to move forward, take fiscal respon-

REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION sibility and provide a world-class student-athlete experience.” Detailed financial information about the department and its budget strategy can be found at wsuathleticbudget/. Under a new state law, public colleges and universities with intercollegiate athletics programs that experience operating deficits at the end of any fiscal year must develop deficit-reduction plans.

Public meeting set for eventual closure of Hanford tank farm

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking public comment on the “Draft Waste Incidental to Reprocessing Evaluation for Closure of Waste

Management Area C (WMAC) at the Hanford Site.” Hanford officials say the draft evaluation is an important step toward closure of the 16 single-shell tanks at Hanford’s C Tank Farm. Waste from these tanks has been successfully retrieved and closing the emptied tanks would be a significant achievement in the Hanford cleanup mission. The comment period runs through Sept. 7. A public meeting is planned from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 18 at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive. For more information on the draft evaluation, including how to submit comments, visit WasteManagementAreaCClosure.


The second phase of the Road 90 Business Park Development near Broadmoor Park outlet mall features a fully landscaped three-acre business park complex in West Pasco. The last four of the 12 units at the development at 5804 Road 90 were completed in early April. Eleven of the 12 suites already are leased. The complex features a modern architecture office/retail building design with a central TriCity location that’s three minutes from Interstate 182. Terence L. Thornhill Architect designed the building and is a tenant there. The 12 units feature a combination of two-story and 18-foot ceilings in flex-space areas. All spaces are 100 percent climate controlled and come with 14-foot tall overhead doors. The 25,536-square-foot building features more than 3,800 square feet of storefront glazing. Part of the building serves as Elite Construction & Development’s headquarters. Elite was the general contractor for the project. Two pads at the northeast and southeast corners of the property are available for a build-to-suit agreement. One is in active negotiations.


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Currently, each pad is slated for a 6,000-squarefoot to 8,000-square-foot, two-story building, each with views overlooking the Columbia River. Suite spaces start at $3,400, plus triple net. The building cost $5.7 million and the land was $300,000.

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REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION uBUSINESS BRIEFS Planning sessions begin for bilingual educator initiative

Pasco School District welcomed 35 teachers, counselors and administrators from school districts and colleges across Washington from May 31 to June 1 to begin planning for implementation of a bilingual educator initiative, or BEI, which was funded by the state Legislature earlier this year. The BEI partner school districts include Pasco, Quincy and Highline. Colleges include Columbia Basin College, Big Bend Community College, Wenatchee Valley College, Eastern Washington University, Western Washington University, South Seattle

College and Washington State University. This K-20 consortium was awarded $160,000 for the BEI initiative. “Pasco is shovel ready to maximize this powerful initiative. It will help us identify youth early, provide the support to get them to college and, ultimately, get them back in our classrooms as teachers and counselors. We will reap significant benefits if it can be sustained and funded by the Legislature going forward,” said Michelle Whitney, Pasco School District superintendent, in a news release. Research shows that such programs are most effective in helping students learn a second language and in reducing the academic achievement gap. Recent data shows that the state of

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2018 Washington has been heavily impacted by immigrant students, many of whom are enrolled in the state’s Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program. As such, the supply of bilingual teachers and counselors has lagged behind significantly. In 2017, 11 percent of students in the program received dual-language instruction, according to the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The most instruction students receive is through a method known as English as a second language, considered the least effective instructional model for nonEnglish speakers. Also, nearly 50 percent of educators hired in the transitional program in 2017 were instructional aides, not trained teachers, according to a news release.


Richland extends deadline for PFD board members

The Richland City Council is accepting applications from those interested in serving on its Richland Public Facilities District Board. For both positions No. 1 and No. 2, an applicant must submit an application, résumé and letter of recommendation from a local organization. The term of the appointment, for both positions, is until July 15, 2022. Details are available on the city’s website at by clicking on Government, Advisory Boards and Commissions, or by calling the city at 509-942-7388. The application period has been extended to June 18.

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The opening date for a 300-acre destination resort near Walla Walla featuring suites, villas and a highend restaurant is expected to be this summer. The 10-room resort opens in July. Construction on the second phase of villas is to begin in late summer. Eritage Resort, at 1319 Bergevin Springs Road, is a 10-minute drive north of Walla Walla. The two-story timber-framed building is 13,000 square feet and has 10 individual suites, an elevator, restaurant, dining room, living room with fireplace, bar area, courtyard with a fire pit, pool and 1,400-square-foot poolhouse. The bed and breakfast resort features a 44-person restaurant that’s open to the public. Hotel rooms will range from $300 to $400 a night. The expanding wine culture in the Tri-City area brings a larger focus to Southeast Washington, and Eritage offers an easy destination for special events, company retreats, dinner and vacations for TriCitians, Eritage officials say. Bruce Thompson of American Lending Center in Long Beach, California, is building the resort. Overseeing the project is Justin Door, president of Scout Lake Construction Inc. of Selah. Scout Lake is building the resort, manmade lake and roads and did all earthwork and underground utilities. Boxwood of Seattle is the architect.

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Work is underway on a $6 million remodel and expansion project at the FedEx hub at 1705 Argent Road in Pasco.

FEDEX, From page 1 Packages shipped by aircraft to the hub will arrive at a facility secured by the Transportation Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration, before distribution. The new building will allow cargo to be unloaded onto a raised sorting platform with a motorized conveyor that runs the length of the processing building, an upgrade from the current system which isn’t mechanized, instead relying on rollers to move packages along. “The new one will be much more sophisticated,” Smith said. The building also will include direct access for the planes, on FedEx property, no longer needing to rely on the generosity of the airport sharing its space. During warmer weather, the airport allows FedEx to keep a plane parked on the pad that’s used for de-icing in the colder months. The economic impact to the airport from the expansion is negligible, and mostly tied to an increase in leasing the land. The airport will net just under $30,000 a year from FedEx, as compared to the $14,000 it was getting annually prior to the expansion. “We’re just thrilled that they’re

uBUSINESS BRIEF AARP seeks community hero nominations

AARP is accepting nominations for its 2018 Washington Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Washingtonians 50 years and older. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding people making a difference in their communities in ways that advance AARP’s mission, vision and a commitment to volunteer service. Nominations will be evaluated by a combination of AARP Washington staff and volunteers. In addition to receiving the award, AARP Washington will donate $2,000 to an approved and registered charity or nonprofit of the winner’s choice. The award recipient will be announced in early fall. Nominees must meet the following eli-

growing here,” said Buck Taft, director of the Tri-Cities Airport. “It just shows how well our community is doing. It’s a huge win for us and we’re happy to have them and glad to have this expansion in our community and not somewhere else.” Smith is overseeing the project through weekly visits from his office in Seattle, and prefers to hire only local workers to keep the investment locally spent. “We have discovered that working in Eastern Washington, we have a much better work force than we get west of the mountains. There’s better family structure here. People care more about their lives and their families and their kids,” Smith said. This includes masonry work from Aden Construction, site work from Granite Construction and Ray Poland and Sons, as well as Tri-Ply Construction as the general contractors. Up to 50 workers can be on the site at any given time. “I’ve never — in any city, anywhere, in the western United States — been treated better than the people here (at the Tri-Cities Airport),” Smith said. The Pasco FedEx Ship Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

gibility requirements: • Be 50 years or older. • The achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay. • The achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and mission. Couples or partners who perform service together are eligible; however, teams are not eligible. This is not a posthumous award. Nominations can be submitted online at Contact Ashley Aitken at or 206-5179364 for more information or for a nomination form. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 10. Last year, AARP recognized 51 individuals and couples from around the country.

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Peoples Company acquires half of Walla Walla-based AgriBusiness Trading Group BY TRI-CITIES AREA JOURNAL OF BUSINESS STAFF

Peoples Company, a provider of land brokerage, land management, land investment and appraisal services in 20 states, has acquired 50 percent of Walla Walla-based AgriBusiness Trading Group Inc. AgriBusiness Trading Group specializes in sales, mergers and acquisitions of investment-grade agricultural assets. “Peoples Company is proud to announce that we are further expanding our service reach with team members who have a long history in land management, operations, sales and acquisitions

in the Pacific Northwest,” said Peoples Company President Steve Bruere in a statement. “Though Peoples Company was already licensed in the states where AgriBusiness Trading Group has a presence – and we’ve completed projects in those states – we believe joining forces will be mutually beneficial for our firms, and most importantly, for our customers.” The plan came months after Peoples Company announced it had sold the 6,000-acre Weidert Farm in the Walla Walla Valley to California-based Farmland LP. The sale price and plans for the land were not disclosed. While the Weidert sale helped estab-

lish Peoples Company in the region, the deal struck with Agribusiness Trading Group will benefit both firms, according to a news release from Peoples Company. Peoples Company gains a wellrespected partner on the ground in the Northwest, and Agribusiness Trading Group expands its reach and will be able to offer clients more services and resources, according to a news release from Peoples Company. “In addition to exponentially expanding the reach of our sales, mergers and acquisitions service for agricultural assets, we can now offer appraisal, land management and auction services

through this partnership,” said AgriBusiness Trading Group President Adam Woiblet in a news release. “The partnership proves that we continue to uphold our commitment to always put our client’s needs before our own.” Under the acquisition agreement, AgriBusiness Trading Group will continue to operate under its name in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Peoples Company will provide AgriBusiness Trading Group access to its appraisal, brokerage, auction and land management platform, including its proprietary Land Management software. The acquisition was finalized May 1.

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Owner overcomes humble beginnings to launch dessert shop in Prosser Jade’s British Girl Treats is combination confection shop, bakery, deli BY EMILY GODELL

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Nestled inside Desert Wind Winery in Prosser is Jade Visser’s pride and joy: Jade’s British Girl Treats, a confection shop, bakery and deli. Every day, Visser crafts chocolate concoctions and English toffee, designs delicate desserts and — most importantly to her — finds daily enjoyment in providing a service to her customers. “Making other people happy brings me joy,” she said. “That’s the heart of it. I love to see the smiles.” But for Visser, cooking wasn’t always something that brought her joy. When she was a young girl growing up in Sheffield, England, her mother was ailing. Her parents didn’t have money and needed help, so as the eldest daughter, Visser became her family’s caretaker at 12 years old. “My mom was so ill they took me out of school,” she recalled. “I was always the one who had to support the family and take care of the kids.” She was in charge of all the household duties: laundry, cleaning, taking care of her younger siblings — and cooking. “It was a drudge at first and I was resentful,” said Visser, 52, of Sunnyside. “But the more I was able to get creative with what I did and take a recipe and put my own twist on it, I actually got more and more excited about it.” Reactions from others made all the difference. At first, preparing food was an obligation forced on her due to her family’s circumstances. But when family and friends sampled her food and enjoyed it — when they were surprised that it came from her own recipes — she fell in love with cooking. “The excitement of people
about my food ... made me feel good,” Visser said. “It became quite addicting, but not in a big-headed kind of way. It was just. ‘I did that. I can do this.’ ” Visser started making chocolates after her first visit to the U.S. in 1986. She watched her host mother make

chocolates out of baking chocolate and shortening. “She was using these really cheesy molds to turn out these amazing chocolates; I was absolutely fascinated,” Visser said. “When I went home, I did my research. I came up with a better chocolate, a better mold, a lot of hand preparation of chocolates and I just fell in love with that.” Through the years, Visser has developed new techniques for making chocolates and new concepts, but the quality of the chocolate itself hasn’t changed much. When she started making chocolates, she had no idea what airbrushing or hand painting a chocolate was. Now, she does it all, making chocolates from scratch, forming chocolate with molds, and hand painting, transferring and airbrushing chocolates. Visser said in most chocolate shops, including hers, you can
find standard treats like truffles or caramels. What sets her apart is her originality. “Nobody else does it and I know that because they’re my recipes and my designs,” Visser said. “So, you wouldn’t be able to walk in and find a strawberry balsamic vinegar chocolate. You wouldn’t be able
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my concept.” To come up with new chocolate concepts like the Jack Daniel’s pyramids, she focuses on flavor first. She takes chocolate and other ingredients and layers them together, letting those around her taste-test the creations. In addition to selling chocolates, Visser does custom promotional and retail work for wineries, custom desserts for special events and dessert catering. She also maintains wholesale accounts from Yakima to the Tri- Chocolatier Jade Visser opened Jade’s British Girl Cities, supplying Treats inside Desert Wind Winery in Prosser this past area restaurants with winter. She added a full service bakery and deli in April. (Courtesy Yakima Valley Business Times) desserts. Visser opened the bakery in April, selling fresh-baked rolls, artisan bread, spe- sells is a line of unique “mixers” named cialty cakes, tarts and fruit bars. Visser after her husband, Greg, a residential said the bakery also offers custom works loan officer at Sunnyside’s Banner for events. Bank. The deli is open three days a week, The party snacks come in different from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday flavors: Greg’s Hunting Mix (mesquite), and Saturday, serving soups, salads and Greg’s Fishing Mix (salt and vinegar) sandwiches, all made from scratch. and Greg’s Cabin Mix (original). Another prominent product Visser uJADE’S, Page 39

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uBUSINESS BRIEFS Mid-Columbia Libraries offers free language learning Mid-Columbia Libraries is offering a free way to learn more than 80 languages, from Spanish to French, and Uzbek to Swahili, with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music and more. The library system is offering library card holders free access to Pronunciator, where patrons can learn online, or get the app for learning on their mobile devices.  Pronunciator features access to thousands of language courses for all ages and skill levels; travel prep courses; English as a second language courses for 51 languages; and more.  Library users preparing for U.S. citizenship can study for the civics, reading

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Benton and Franklin counties save $714,000  on prescriptions

United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties and FamilyWize recently announced that local community members have saved $714,000 on prescription medications through the organizations’ partnership. The results were revealed in a health impact report, a compilation of data reflecting the health and financial support

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Money lessons can be priceless for children

Father’s Day is almost upon us. If you’re a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course. But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children – such as some valuable financial lessons. These lessons can include the following: • Setting goals – If you are contributing to an IRA and a 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored plan, explain how you build these accounts now, while you are working, so you’ll have enough money to enjoy a comfortable retirement someday. And you can bring your children into the picture, too, by telling them that another financial goal is saving enough to help send them to college or to further their education in other ways. RYAN BRAULT • Value of understanding the financial markets – You may actually be quite surprised at how Financial Advisor interested your kids are in investing, especially the concept of “owning” companies through (509) 545-8121 stocks and stock-based vehicles. Depending on their ages, you might even want to show them the progress of your own investments and describe, in general terms, how different events can cause the markets to rise and fall, especially in the short term. You could even discuss the difference between the basic types of investments, such as stocks and bonds. • Putting time on your side – You might want to emphasize the importance of patience, and how investing is not a “get-rich-quick” scheme, but a process that requires decades of diligence and persistence. Let your children know that it’s of great value to start investing as early as possible, so you can put time on your side, giving investments a chance to grow. • Living within your means – We all know that you can’t always get what you want. Stress to your children that you can’t just splurge on big purchases whenever you feel like it, because such behavior can lead to bad outcomes. Use concrete examples: If you have a car that’s several years old, tell your children that it would be nice to have a new one, but you simply must wait until you can afford it. • Paying debts on time – Tell your children that, no matter how good a saver you are, or how thrifty you try to be, you still have debts, such as your mortgage payment, and it’s important to pay these debts on time. You may not want to get too detailed about the consequences of missing debt payments – bad credit scores may not be that easy for children to understand – but you can certainly mention that if you’re always late on payments, you might find it harder to borrow money when you really need it. By sharing these principles with your children, you will, at the least, give them something to think about, and you may well find that you’ve helped start them on the path to a lifetime of making solid financial moves. And who knows? If they truly master the ideas you’ve taught them, one day they might give you some really nice Father’s Day gifts. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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As summer kicks off, the Kennewick Fire Department is launching a “Don’t Burn Your Fun” fire safety campaign. The department offers the following tips: • Maintain a defensible space around your home by cutting back vegetation that can fuel a fire; keep vegetation green and pruned; remove other combustibles from around your home; close vents to attic space when fires are burning nearby; and keep clean gutters and roofs. • Attend a public fireworks show coordinated by experts. • To maintain campfire safety, check regulations, choose a site at least 50 feet from a structure or anything that can burn, never leave an unattended fire, and have water and shovel nearby to completely distinguish a fire when done. • While enjoying better weather, remember to use grills only outdoors and away from deck railings and hanging branches, keep grills clean and if using a charcoal grill, be certain to cool coals completely in a metal container before disposing.

Benton-Franklin reports gains in taxable retail sales

Benton and Franklin counties each recorded increases in taxable retail sales last year. Benton County tallied $3.9 billion in taxable goods and services, a 3 percent increase over calendar year 2016. Franklin County tallied $1.5 billion, a 7.4 percent year-over-year increase. Continued gains in construction and auto sales statewide sent taxable retail sales climbing to a record $155.3 billion in 2017, a 6.5 percent gain over the previous year. Statewide, retail trade sales also showed an increase of 5.6 percent to $66.7 billion in 2017. Here’s the taxable retail sales tallies for Benton and Franklin counties’ cities in 2017: • Kennewick’s totaled $2 million, up 1.1 percent. • Richland’s totaled $1.3 billion, up 4.3 percent. • Prosser’s totaled $170 million, up 10 percent. • West Richland’s totaled $117 million, up 1.4 percent. • Pasco’s totaled $1.3 billion, up 6.7 percent. Taxable retail sales include transactions subject to the retail sales tax, including sales by retailers, the construction industry, manufacturing and other sectors. Retail trade is a subset of all taxable retail sales in the state and includes sales of items such as clothing, furniture and automobiles, but excludes other industries, such as services and construction. These figures are part of an annual report released June 6 by the state Department of Revenue. The agency reports on a quarterly and annual basis the total taxable retail sales figures reported by businesses on their Washington tax returns. The agency uses Census Bureau classifications to report the sales revenues by sector.

How to succeed online with a robust citation profile BY JOSH KANDLE

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Sometimes when I talk about search engine optimization, or SEO, with people, I can actually see their eyes glaze over. This is especially true when the topic of citations comes up. The question I get most is: what exactly is a citation? Hint: It’s not that slip of paper you got for barreling down Gage Boulevard. In digital marketing, a citation is simply a listing of your business information somewhere out on the web. A business will naturally accrue citations over time as it builds an online profile. Putting your information on Facebook and Yelp are examples of citations, but there are literally hundreds of additional possible citation sources out on the world wide web. Citations are important for local SEO because they contain your core business information, which is often referred to as NAP (name, address, phone number). I know — enough with the acronyms already! But this one is really simple. The more consistent your NAP is across the web’s data ecosystem, the stronger trust message you send to Google and other search engines about who you are and where you are located. I mentioned that businesses naturally accrue citations, but you also can systematically build a more robust citation profile by seeking websites and platforms that will list your business information. Over recent years, this has become a core practice in improving local SEO. But not all citations are created equal. The good news is there are a lot of places online where you can list your business and get a citation. The bad news is there are hundreds of places where you can list your business and they all work a little differently. Each platform has its quirks regarding how to sign up, make changes and what information can be

present. It can be a little mindboggling, and you can get into the weeds pretty quickly. Keep in mind that each platform also has a different Josh Kandle level of authoriCougar Digital ty, so you want Marketing & Design to look for quality citations with more authority and get your business listed there. Additionally, there are also industry specific citation platforms like Houzz for builders or Avvo for lawyers that can play a key role in your citation profile. Watch for duplicates on each individual citation website. These will dilute your NAP data and send conflicting messages to search engines. It’s best to try and get these duplicate listings removed; however, it can prove challenging to eradicate all duplicates because each platform has its own way of dealing (or not dealing) with them. You can start to get a picture of your citation profile by doing a branded search for your company. Plug your company name into Google and view the results page. Ideally, your company website will be at the top of the list. If not, you’ve got bigger problems that you’ll want to address before citations. Are you tired of thinking about citations? Me too. But building them out across the web and maintain their consistency is part of a balanced search strategy. If you’re a busy business owner and don’t have time to sift through the ins and outs of citations, contact someone who does. Josh Kandle is the creative director for Cougar Digital Marketing & Design in West Richland.

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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2018 JADE’S, From page 37 Two of the newer varieties are glutenfree: Greg’s Farmers Mix (honey and sea salt) and Greg’s Mountain Mix (sweet and salty). The idea for the mixers came about on their first date. They were talking and connecting over food when Greg told his future wife about a party mix he made. “I’m thinking in my head, ‘Uh-huh, you shouldn’t ever tell that on a first date,’ ” Visser said. “Then he brought me a gallon bag of this party mix and I couldn’t stop eating it. It took me about an hour to devour a gallon bag, and I looked at him and I said, ‘You know, this is amazing.’ ” Her husband, along with creating the mixers, played a huge role in her following her dream and opening the dessert shop inside the winery. “He made my dream come true, because he believed in me right from the start and said, ‘Go do it,’ ” Visser said. “Not a lot of people have believed in me. I didn’t have a family that believed in me.” Through the years, Visser has struggled to follow her dreams. After having to care for her family, she left home when she was young and put herself through college twice, to culinary school and business school. She moved to the U.S. and opened an art supply store, chocolate shops, bakeries and a steakhouse. She got divorced. She moved all over the U.S.: Montana, Utah, Washington. She raised 10 children, including triplets. “It’s been rough with a failed marriage and having a lot of children to support, but I got to this time in my life and I met this wonderful man that said, ‘Follow your dream,’ ” she said. “Why do I work so hard? Because I love my husband so much and I’m so grateful he gave me so much. Everything I do is for him.” Visser loves to incorporate local flavors into her food. Being involved in the community guarantees the freshness, taste and quality of the product.


“You’re supporting one another, and supporting one another is what’s important to me,” she said. “Anybody can go to the grocery store and buy something, but I’m not sure who I’m supporting doing that.” Visser wants to support her community the way the community has supported her. She came to live in Sunnyside because her husband grew up there, but she stayed because of the people. When she came to the U.S., because of her strong accent, people stopped her every day to ask her why she would want to live in the U.S. “They would kind of be negative about it and I was like, ‘You just don’t know what you have,’ ” Visser said. “Unless you’ve experienced another country, you guys don’t know what you have here.” She said in her experience, people in the U.S. are warm, welcoming and supportive. Americans are genuinely happy to help others. “Coming into the Valley, to Sunnyside, it’s even more so because it’s a community,” Visser said. “From Yakima to the Tri-Cities, it’s that community feel that is missing in other places. So I’m not going anywhere.” When Visser stepped off the plane from the U.K. into the U.S., she had an overwhelming sense of belonging, like she was home. She said she felt the same way when she moved to Sunnyside and married Greg. She was home. “I really do love what I do. I really do. I can get up every day and I don’t go to work: I go to play,” Visser said. “I don’t care how busy I am or how many hours I put in in a day. At the end of the day, you can’t compensate for someone going, ‘Wow, that was really good.’ That just brings me joy.” Her shop is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Jade’s British Girl Treats: 2258 Wine Country Road, inside Desert Wind Winery, Prosser; 509-643-9450; Facebook; Instagram.


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Benton, Franklin counties’ manufacturing job growth slows Fewer jobs available as industry struggles to recruit for highly-skilled positions BY ROBIN WOJTANIK

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Jobs in manufacturing have slowed down progressively during the last year across Benton and Franklin counties. The region appears to finally be catching up with the state growth rate for manufacturing jobs, which has been minimal. The most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics for April 2018 show manufacturing jobs have decreased 8.8 percent over the year, falling from about 8,000 last spring to 7,300 this year for non-farm manufacturing roles. Year over year, there were layoffs at the start of the year that were made up for in later quarters. It’s not yet clear if the same trend will follow this year as well. During the last decade, the total job growth for manufacturing in the region has been about 1,000 positions. When expanded statewide, manufacturing growth has been more dismal.

“The state has never recovered from the recession,” said Ajsa Suljic, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department. Washington gained 500 jobs in manufacturing over the last year. Most of the losses connected to the recession were in durable manufacturing positions, which can be responsible for creating bigger ticket items. Suljic said some of the slow growth may be related to the automation connected to manufacturing positions that sometimes replace the need for humans. But Suljic said the numbers still balance out. “For every automation, there’s another job created elsewhere that may be out of manufacturing. (Automation) is impacting the hands-on workers statewide,” she said. On the whole, Suljic said manufacturing is one of those innovative industries with a lot of engineering and dynamics. While this can reduce the need for handson workers, industries like food manufacturing still require a person to monitor

Workers who operate a potato processing line at Lamb Weston are employed in non-durable manufacturing, an industry that saw little growth in the past year locally. (Courtesy Lamb Weston)

things, like quality assurance. The majority of manufacturing jobs across Benton and Franklin counties are connected to roles in the food or beverage industries, but still aren’t a large driver of the region’s overall economy. Manufacturing accounts for less than 4 percent of total employment in the TriCities.

“It’s still a good base for us to have,” said Suljic, adding that jobs are not clustered in one spot. Many of the food-related roles are connected to food processing, due to the large amount of raw product in close proximity, with a big focus on potatoes. uOUTLOOK, Page 42

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DRONES, From page 1 The new program already has enrolled 21 incoming juniors and seniors and can accommodate up to 48 students in a single semester. Having the class at capacity would allow Tri-Tech to hire a full-time instructor rather than a parttimer, which can be more challenging to recruit. Students will receive instruction on designing, manufacturing and assembling a drone, including some with the use of 3-D printing. Additionally, students will be educated in the Core+ manufacturing curriculum. Core+ is a coding language that can be useful in many careers. In what Randall describes as “a happy accident,” the school learned through its advisory board that the students also would develop experience with PID (proportional, integral, derivative) programming to set up the drone, which can be a highly marketable skill in other industries. “The programming language is what they use in food processing, and any type of automation,” Randall said. “So our kids are getting introduced to that, which could alone get them a job, and we didn’t even know that at the outset.” The drone manufacturing and aviation program also will use the software ExploreNet, which is used by Boeing. The program’s goal is to get students in the air faster to keep their interest. “We want to start with a very successful experience for the students so we will be using drone kits that are easily assembled, that fit right into ExploreNet,” Randall said. “We could have gotten really complicated with circuit boards, but we didn’t want to do that. This way, they’ll be flying earlier rather than later.” Students will create the actual airframes for their drone as part of the manufacturing component of the program. Following their training, Tri-Tech drone manufacturing and aviation stu-


A drone manufacturing shop in Tri-Tech Skills Center’s newest building is adjacent to a classroom where students will learn flight simulation and aviation.

dents will have the option to seek licensing as a pilot for small unmanned aircraft, known as a Part 107 license, with the Federal Aviation Administration. This allows pilots to get paid for operating a drone, rather than simply for use as a hobbyist. Students also will have the option of being certified in S/P2 industrial safety. The demand is high for drone operators. There are jobs in disaster management, agriculture, telecommuncications, wildfire mapping and law enforcement. Randall said some of the top needs in the Tri-Cities include the use of drones to monitor high-tension power lines or inspect wind turbines. He said some of the routine inspections of local bridges could eventually be done with drones. This would include autonomous drones, which do not need a person to direct the equipment’s movement through remote control, but rather to supervise it after programming. This is the kind of drone use Amazon envisions to deliver packages to doorsteps one day. Statistics on employment opportunities for drone operators are not widely available since the industry and demand is so new. But Tri-Tech used a report

from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, or AUVSI, to make its pitch to the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, OSPI, for supporting the startup program. AUVSI reports Washington ranks second in the nation after California for jobs and revenue related to drones, with an estimated 10,000 new jobs expected to be created in the state by 2025. The annual salary range for dronerelated jobs is $35,000 to $100,000, according to a report compiled by TriTech. Tri-Tech’s new building where the program will be based recently was completed at the Kennewick campus on Metaline Avenue, just east of the main building. It includes remodeled portions, as well as new construction. The $4 million facility is 11,600 square feet and was completed by Banlin Construction of Kennewick. It is on an acre of land that has a field and gravel lot the drone students will be able to use for practice. Tri-Tech relies on state funding with a local match, and is not part of individual school district bond measures. Randall credited Washington state Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, who represents the 8th Legislative District, for helping resolve red tape that held up the project after it was first pursued in 2011. Work finally began in November 2017

OUTLOOK, From page 41 Last fall, Lamb Weston opened a new potato processing line in Richland, creating about 150 jobs. Another 100 jobs were expected from the secondary impact to the line opening, a trickledown effect that is commonly associated with manufacturing positions. Administrators at Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick have found it challenging to introduce students to jobs in manufacturing, recently merging its manufacturing program with drone aviation (See story on page 1) in hopes of upping the interest level. “It’s hard for today’s generation to understand the Xbox doesn’t just appear,” Suljic said. “It has a whole process of getting to your house.” Local schools that train future manufacturing workers include Tri-Tech for

and the building was completed in midMay. Tri-Tech East is just the start of additional projects planned for the school, which operates as a co-operative for seven local districts, including Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, Finley, Columbia, Kiona-Benton City and North Franklin. Tri-Tech is considered a branch campus of all area high schools within those seven districts, offering programs that might not be available at a typical high school because of costs or lack of interest. Tri-Tech plans to send its next project out for bid in January 2019 with a targeted completion date of fall 2020. It is looking to expand from the front of the building, with 16,000 additional square feet for a culinary arts facility, exhibit space, revamped lobby and a new program area. Tri-Tech received a $10.8 million grant to complete the next overhaul and expansion. It’s possible the new program area could be filled by a pre-physical therapy program that’s also launching in August 2018 and backfilling the space in the main building that once held the law enforcement and firefighting programs. The new pre-physical therapy program already has enough students enrolled to run two full sessions, and the administration is recruiting for an instructor. “People are paying attention. The school districts are supporting a shift from the ‘college-for-all’ as the only definition of success as a four-year baccalaureate degree,” Randall said. “We need post-secondary training, there’s no question about that. But the employment reality is that most jobs are in what we do. The big change in demand is for jobs that don’t require a four-year degree.” The drone manufacturing and aviation program launches in August. Randall expects it to take up to five years to grow every new program, but is encouraged by the early interest and believes the school has answered the question on how to improve that pipeline of students pursuing a craft with one that’s also in high demand.

high school students, and Columbia Basin College, where students can pursue an associate’s degree in manufacturing technology. For those who continue their education in the field, jobs can be lucrative and well-paying in some forms of manufacturing, like durable goods, which commands an average annual salary of $65,670 for workers in Benton and Franklin counties. Suljic said it’s still important to recruit for all levels of workers to avoid a skills gap. Despite a lack of large growth in worker demand for manufacturing jobs, the average manufacturing worker in the Tri-Cities across all specialties can still earn $50,085 annually, for jobs that are considered stable and offer the opportunity for growth.

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Tri-Cities’ northern neighbor, Adams County, is moving forward with plans for infrastructure to support the growth of its food processing and distribution sectors, based on positive projections for the area’s potential as a low-cost hub for these industries. Results from two recent site selection studies conducted by The Boyd Company, a New Jersey-based consulting service, show that key operating costs are lower in Adams County compared to a number of other major food processing and distribution cities across the nation. Some major names have already established operations in Adams County — J.R. Simplot Co. and McCain Foodservice — but there is still a lot of untapped potential, according Stephen McFadden, Adams County’s economic development director. “The sky’s the limit,” he said. “There’s a lot of open ground and a lot of opportunity.” An uncertain future for international trade partnerships and export tariffs, water scarcity in agricultural areas like California and the pending Food Safety and Modernization Act means key costs like labor, real estate, power and taxes become bigger deciding factors in corporate site selection, according to The Boyd Company. This means enhanced opportunities for Adams County. The Boyd Company found that Othello ranked lowest for labor, real estate, power and tax costs among 30 cities housing major concentrations of food industry operations. The study calculated annual operating costs for a fictional 125,000-square-foot

facility employing 300 nonexempt workers. In the site selection study, Othello ranked the lowest in average annual operating costs at $23.1 million. Boston was the most expensive city at $28.4 million. Seattle ($27.4 million) and Portland ($24.7 million) were among the other locations included in the study. The Tri-Cities were not included. The distribution warehousing analysis compared 25 cities with regional proximity to major port and intermodal transport facilities. Ritzville ranked second for low annual operating costs at $11.6 million. About $10,000 separated Ritzville from the most affordable city, Chesterfield, Virginia. Stoughton, Massachusetts, was the most expensive city considered at $15.7 million. Kent was the only other Washington city included in the report with an operating cost of about $13 million. McFadden hopes to capitalize on these findings by using them to support ongoing corporate recruitment efforts. “One new project, one new investment in our community, has a long-term effect and long-lasting impact, and once you get one, you get the next one,” he said. McFadden reported that traditionally the county, population 20,000, did not actively recruit new companies, but it soon became clear to him that many declining communities were at risk of collapse if new job opportunities weren’t created and more active efforts made to stimulate the economy. “Adams County is entirely ag-driven. We were really attached to our tradition of growing wheat, and we weren’t thinking about what happens as the economy changes,” McFadden said.

John Boyd Jr. of The Boyd Company, from left, Terry Thompson, Adams County commissioner, who previously served as a Port of Othello commissioner for 10 years, and Chris Faix, executive director for the Port of Othello, stand in front of the Beta Seed facility that opened last fall at the port’s Bruce Industrial Park, about five miles east of the city of Othello. (Courtesy Stephen McFadden)

In 2015, Adams County reached out to The Boyd Company to conduct an analysis of the county to identify the types of industries that could be successfully recruited to help grow the economy. “The analysis pointed us toward expansion of the food and beverage processing industry in Othello and the establishment of Ritzville as a future distribution warehousing and logistics hub,” McFadden said, saying this is a natural complement to the county’s agricultural base. During this past year, The Boyd Company collected data on site selection factors and comparative operating costs across the country.

“The idea that Ritzville in Eastern Washington can have virtually the same operating cost structures as a right-to-work market in the southeast like Chesterfield should be turning a lot of heads and I expect it to do that in corporate boardrooms,” said John Boyd Jr., principal at The Boyd Company. “It really underscores the very compelling operating cost advantages that exist in Adams County for these jobs. Food processors and their distributors need to be competitive with their rivals based in lowcost countries in China and Mexico and India and other places,” Boyd said uADAMS, Page 44




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ADAMS, From page 43 Much like the neighboring Tri-City area, Adams County is well positioned to serve the global marketplace with its proximity to crops, food processors, water and transportation. “I don’t want to take what they have— you don’t steal from your neighbor,” said McFadden, who said he maintains many positive relationships and alliances with neighboring county, port and city entities. “Inside the state we’re all trying to accomplish the same thing. Economic development is a neighborhood act, and I consider the Columbia Basin my neighborhood.” McFadden explained that since active recruitment wasn’t a part of the county’s strategy in the past, “we didn’t have a presence, but quietly, food processing in

Othello is well-known.” Carl Adrian, president and CEO of the Tri-City Development Council, affirmed that many of the food processing and distribution companies his office works with don’t have areas north of the Tri-Cities and the Basin on their radar. McFadden is working to change that perception by securing money for investment in infrastructure to attract new food processors to the area. “It shows companies that we’re intentional,” he said. In January, Adams County and the Port of Othello received $1.25 million from the state Legislature for the pre-design and engineering for the second phase of an industrial wastewater treatment and water reuse plant that will process 3.4 million gallons per day.

MANUFACTURING Food processing uses a significant amount of water, and the resulting gray water is usually applied to crops afterward. Adams County aims to re-envision this system to return gray water to federal drinking water standards to be used again in food processing. McFadden said he believes this green component will lend additional marketability and attract more businesses interested in adding more environment-friendly practices to their profile. In the next year to 18 months, McFadden said contractors will be selected and construction will begin. Meanwhile, in the town of Lind, population 500, the fruits of successful promotion efforts are taking shape in the form of the state’s largest utility-grade solar farm

to date. Ground was broken May 24 on the 170-acre Avista Utilities project—25 times larger than any other solar operation in Washington—which will produce 28 megawatts of energy annually. McFadden said this is an excellent example of where active recruitment and advocacy made all the difference. “We saw it and became aware of it and got involved and said we want that project to come to Adams County,” he said. “We got a letter of support from Gov. Inslee’s office last June for the effort,” McFadden said. “And then as the solar companies were doing their scientific analysis, they determined that Adams County is the best solar production region in all of Avista’s territory. So, this is the first one; we think there will be more.”

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Manufacturing Brief background of business: SIGN Fracture Care International is a humanitarian organization based in Richland. Our mission is to give the injured poor in developing countries access to affordable orthopaedic surgery. We accomplish this by providing surgeons in these countries with orthopaedic education along with implants and instruments designed for use in austere operating rooms. Number of employees you oversee: 42 How did you land your current role? I was a consultant for the organization in 1999, the year of incorporation. In January 2001, the original CEO departed to return to seminary and I was asked to replace him. What is your main goal for your organization this year? Develop a research and development cell so that we can iterate ideas for new products faster and allow the production department to focus on producing higher quantities needed to address the rise in demand for our products. Why should the Tri-Cities care about the manufacturing industry? Manufacturers make products that improve people’s lives. Manufacturers create family wage earning jobs for machinists, engineers, logistics, sales, business administration and more. What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess? Just one? Some of my favorites are listening, decision-making, visioning skills, and being grateful and empathetic. The one characteristic that I believe is most important is respect. Respect for myself, for my talented staff, for our founder and board, and for the surgeons in developing countries who work endless hours to care for their patients. What is the biggest challenge facing business owners/managers today? It is hard for me to answer the question for other business owners and managers. I would imagine most of us face challenges by any increase in regulatory requirements. For us, it is changes to FDA requirements and the recent tariffs on medical grade implant steel. Both increase our costs, which we cannot pass onto our customers because we donate our products in developing countries. Another challenge is preparing our staff to be alert for and accepting of change so that we can address the increasing need for our existing implants and at the same time expand the breadth of implants we provide. What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position? You are the energizer for your company or department. Your staff look to you for leadership and guidance. It is important to take care of yourself so that you have the stamina and enthusiasm for your work and personal life. There will always be an endless to-do list. Share the workload and responsibilities; your staff love to have mean-

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CEO of SIGN Fracture Care International ingful responsibility and the freedom to use their intellect to accomplish the tasks or goals. If it is a new company, get the funding to hire the folks with the skills and experience that you do not have. Implementation of your ideas and vision will be much faster and you will gain energy from their ideas and enthusiasm. Who are your role models or mentors? From people who are living today: Dr. Lewis Zirkle for his creativity, vision, passion, energy and willingness to provide guidance as I continue to grow as a CEO. The other is Randall Huebner, founder of the medical implant company Acumed. He is a source of encouragement and hands-on knowledge about running a design and manufacturing company. Both men set an excellent example to me of being humble and lifelong learners. I am grateful to them for their patience, guidance and support. From historical figures: Eleanor Roosevelt. Despite the fact that her personal life was troubled, she led an incredibly active and productive professional life. As first lady, she championed the rights of the poor and underrepresented, at times in opposition to the president. She was unanimously voted in as the original chair of the commission on human rights of the United Nations. In this role, she traveled to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific, investigating conditions of the poor and urging both support for the U.N. and U.N. humanitarian and diplomatic aid. She used her writing and developed speaking skills to support her husband’s presidency and to tell the world about the needs of the disadvantaged. Women like Eleanor Roosevelt cause me to realize that my placement in this position is for a much bigger purpose. This knowledge gives me encouragement to keep at it when at times I wish that I had a “normal life.”

How did you decide to pursue the career that you are working in today? I learned as a teenager that I loved production when I worked at the Salem Del Monte food processing plant in the summers to save up for my college tuition. I loved being around the machines and thinking of processes that would improve the flow. I chose to get a degree from Portland State University in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. This type of degree would give me the skills needed to get a job anywhere I lived. I fell into the position of CEO for SIGN. I had just returned from working at the IAEA in Vienna, Austria. Every three weeks I returned to Vienna to provide business consulting to the CTBTO, which was a new startup agency. When in the USA, I took on other start-up clients to help them set up their business systems. In February 1999, my friend Ron Liikala told me about a nonprofit startup that needed my skill set. Ron learned about the opportunity from his orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Zirkle. While removing a pin from Ron’s broken

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thumb, Dr. Zirkle described his vision for a nonprofit company that would create equality of fracture care in developing countries — and the need he had for a person who was experienced in business administration. A few days later I met with my predecessor, Dan Wodrich, and joined the team as a consultant to help set up their business systems. In early 2001, Dan decided to step down to return to seminary. Dr. Zirkle asked me to take Dan’s position. What I thought would be a one- or two-year position has essentially turned into my life’s work. It is a great honor to hold this position and to work with the staff, board and SIGN surgeons around the world to expand our reach to the injured poor. uQ&A, Page 46


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Q&A, From page 45 How do you keep your employees motivated? In the end, it is not just money that motivates people, though we do our best to pay our staff a family wage. People are motivated when they have interesting and challenging duties and responsibilities that contribute to a meaningful mission. They enjoy working in a collaborative and supportive environment and being recognized and encouraged by coworkers and company leaders for their efforts. How do you measure success in your workplace? We measure our success by the number of patients who receive SIGN surgery. Last year we celebrated the surgery of the 200,000th patient treated with a SIGN implant. Every orthopaedic implant we send out the door means another patient quickly heals from a broken bone, avoids lifelong disability, and that patient’s family can remain on the path that leads them out of poverty. What do you consider your leadership style to be? Very early in my career I read that a successful CEO must be a chameleon. Leaders have to become what the company needs us to be. Typically, I am a collaborative leader, a guider. When that does not work, I will make a decision to move forward on an initiative and pull the troops along with me. When I sense

that the staff are on board, I move back to collaborator and let the staff develop the vision for the next steps and gain momentum from their visions. All good leaders must know the skills of the people they work with and must learn to be excellent teachers. I am still learning. How do you balance work and family life? I try to be aware of where I spend my time and make sure I look for opportunities to keep balance in my life. My time is tipped toward the work side because I love what I do, and enjoy spending time with the people I work with. What is your best time management strategy? Take care of my spiritual, mental and physical statuses first. Be happy with what I can accomplish each day. What do you like to do when you are not at work? I enjoy walking along the river with my two Golden Retrievers, photography, singing in my church choir and meeting with my friends and family. Best tip to relieve stress? Do something you love with someone or some being you love. I take morning walks along the river with my dogs and do something creative each day. My creative go-to is to take photos of whatever catches my eye and post on Facebook to see what gets the most likes.


Pasco manufacturing company Meheen moves to Colorado BY JEFF MORROW

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

For more than 26 years, employees of Meheen Manufacturing Inc. have churned out bottle upon bottle of beer, soda and juice in the Tri-Cities. But that ended last month, as Meheen moved its equipment and operations from 325 N. Oregon Ave. in Pasco to Colorado. As part of a combined business with Wild Goose Canning – which had been in Boulder, Colorado – the two companies have relocated to Louisville, Colorado, into a 37,000-square-foot building at the Colorado Technology Center. It’s the end of an era in the Tri-Cities. Meheen Manufacturing was founded by Dave Meheen in 1992. Meheen started Meheen & Collins craft brewery in the late 1980s. But Meheen had problems with the available options to fill bottles. So he designed, engineered and manufactured bottling technologies that could meet his standards. Meheen sold the microbrewery to Mike Hall and Bill Jaquish in the 1990s (it was later renamed Ice Harbor Brewing) so he could concentrate on the packaging aspect of brewing. Meheen Manufacturing engaged in designing, engineering, manufacturing and selling carbonating and bottle-filling machines. It also offered replacement parts. The company bottled various liquids: beer, cider, juice, soda, tea and water.

Meheen machines are in all 50 states and around the world. Some filling machines, fully automated, can bottle up to 2,300 bottles per hour within weeks. In 2015, the company introduced a new bottling labeling technology. In September 2016, Meheen Manufacturing merged with Colorado’s Wild Goose Canning, renaming the company Wild Goose Canning-Meheen Manufacturing. Dan Cleary was the president of Meheen at the time, and he served as CEO of the combined company during and after the merger. The merger allowed both companies to streamline operations, and share resources yet still reap the rewards of the expanding craft brewery boom. Meheen also gained access to the booming canning market. Many small breweries have been getting into aluminum. In 2011, fewer than 2 percent of craft brews were canned, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado. By 2015, it was up to 10 percent. Meheen is now owned by Mangrove Equity Partners in Tampa, Florida, the Daily Camera newspaper of Boulder reported. Chris Fergen became the company’s new CEO in November, as Cleary moved out of the industry. Company representatives failed to return multiple phone calls and emails seeking additional information.


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Tri-City manufacturing tilts toward agriculture and growth BY D. Patrick Jones

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The Tri-Cities prides itself on being a bit different from the rest of Eastern Washington. So is its manufacturing sector. Unlike most metro areas this side of the state, manufacturing here doesn’t loom among the top five sectors by employment. As a Benton-Franklin Trends indicator shows, the largest employing sectors in the Tri-Cities are, in order: government, health care, agriculture, retail and waste services. In 2016, manufacturing ranked as the eighth largest employing sector. (Find the indicator and others on the Benton-Franklin Trends site at The trends are an initiative of the Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis.) Yet, this ranking hardly means manufacturing is unimportant to the Tri-Cities’ economy. It just has a different mix. For one, manufacturing here is dominated by the processing of agricultural products. In the case of Benton County, food and beverage manufacturing claimed slightly over 50 percent of all manufacturing jobs in 2016. In Franklin County, manufacturing jobs are even more tilted toward agricultural processing, with 75 percent accounted for by those two subsectors. As a consequence, the share of agricultural manufacturing among all jobs is the highest here of all Eastern Washington metro areas, including Yakima. One can catch a glimpse of the

role that agricultural manufacturing plays in the two counties by considering the Benton-Franklin Trends indicator. The area has consistently shown that these D. Patrick Jones jobs are three Eastern times as frequent Washington as statewide. University There are, to be sure, other manufacturing sub-sectors worth noting in the regional economy. In Benton County, primary metals manufacturing, as well as computer and electronic production, stand out. In Franklin County, non-metallic mineral products (cement, bricks) make a decent job showing. Still the manufacturing headline in the two counties belongs to agriculture. Between the two counties, the composition of agricultural processing differs quite a bit. For Franklin County, nearly all of the jobs can be found in food processing. This probably doesn’t surprise anyone who travels up and down Highway 395. Benton County, in contrast, shows food processing as the larger activity, but beverage, largely wine, production is now running a relatively close second. In fact, the number of jobs in beverage production in Benton County averaged 1,263 in 2016. This count dwarfs those of surrounding counties, more than

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doubling the nearest one, Walla Walla. And this has been one of the county’s growth industries: since 2005, the labor force involved in beverage production has climbed by more than three-fold. No other sub-sector in the county has experienced that kind of growth. Clearly, wine matters for Benton County. In contrast, Franklin County’ agricultural manufacturing mix shows very little winemaking. Manufacturing often leads to some exports. Shipping goods abroad is regarded as a signature achievement for a regional economy. The ability for local companies to sell their goods and servic-

es to consumers around the world implies that they possess a unique product, or one that can’t be filled completely by local suppliers. In the Tri-Cities, agricultural manufactured exports serve this role, as the Benton-Franklin Trends indicator depicts. For the most recently reported year, 2016, manufactured agricultural exports from the metro area amounted to $331 million. That amount represented half of the value of all exports that year, with crop production coming in a distant second. uTRENDS, Page 51


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Manufacturing great wine takes good grapes, technology BY DAVID FORSYTH

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Making a wine is an active process. A winery is a functional factory, like any other production facility. The factors are the raw materials, in this case grapes, and the available technology to blend them. The process begins with growing the grapes, then harvesting the grapes and crushing or pressing the fruit, fermenting the juice, followed by pressing if a red grape, clarifying, aging and bottling. For each of these steps, there are many decisions that affect the quality of the wine. I believe that about 50 percent of the final wine quality and style is defined in the vineyard, 20 percent or so with the picking decision, another 20 percent with the fermentation and red wine management and the final 10 percent is the post fermentation, aging and bottling and continued aging in the bottle. As you can see, the quality and the style of a wine is pretty much fixed just weeks after the grape has arrived at the winery. So, let’s take a look at the grapes and the vineyard. In the vineyard, there are hundreds of decisions to be made that will affect the flavor and quality of the grapes: location, crop load (tons/ acre), amount and frequency of water applied and canopy density (amount of leaves shielding the grapes from sun).

uDONATIONS • Mission Support Alliance donated $12,000 to the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia to support the Read Up program. The money will be used to buy summer book collections for more than 350 third-graders who many not otherwise have access to books. • The Communities In Schools of Benton-Franklin Counties’ fundraising breakfast raised $17,000 to help local youths. The agency works with school districts to support students to stay in school and achieve in life. • Dutch Bros across seven states, including Washington, raised more than $1.3 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the annual Drink One for Dane event. Dane Boersma cofounded Dutch Bros with this brother, Travis, in 1992 in Grants Pass, Oregon. Boersma died from ALS in 2009.

These things make up the terroir of a site and managing all of these elements has an impact on the quality of grapes and the style of wine produced. After the picking decision is made, the grapes will arrive at the winery and they need proper handling. Most vineyards are now mechanically harvested, but there are some vineyards that are handpicked. Mechanically harvesting in the cool of the night is beneficial and is followed by gentle handling of the fruit at the winery to separate the juice from the skins and seed without picking up bitterness and astringency. Rough handling of the grapes releases these undesirable compounds. Red and white grapes take different paths when arriving at the winery. The red grapes will go through a stemmer/ crusher and deliver to the tanks with skins and seeds to begin fermentation to extract color and tannins that give the wine color, structure and body. The white grapes go directly to the press where the juice is immediately pressed away from the skins to minimize the impact of the phenols on the more delicate white wines. Here arises some decisions, like how hard to press the juice, what yeast to use to ferment, fermentation temperature, percent of solids to leave for fermentation, management of the red wines and more. Post fermentation, there is the aging to consider, tank and barrel aging, when to bottle and how

long to hold the wine in the bottle before releasing for sale. Winemakers have their own protocol on how to produce their style of wine, but with flexiDavid Forsyth bility to improFour Feathers vise and change Wine Estates if the juice calls for this. In these early stages of winemaking is where the most impact on wine quality and style is made. Overall, the winemaking process is like any other manufacturing process where you need: • A plan. Define what wine you want to produce in all the details. Variety, alcohol, color, style, price and how you will get the end product. This includes fruit sourcing, fruit ripeness, grape crushing/pressing, fermentation temperature, tank aging or barrel aging (type of barrels and length of time) and when the product will be bottled. Work up the plan with room to modify and tweak during the process to adjust for things that may arise due to vintage – flavor, fermentation rate and color extraction, to name a few. Harvest is a busy time and you want to do as much planning beforehand to free yourself to deal with the changes, issues and duties

of harvest. • A good raw product. This is all about the grapes. Sourcing the appropriate grapes for the wine you are producing. If you are producing a Cabernet Sauvignon for $16 a bottle, you will not be able to afford fruit from a low tonnage vineyard site, but you can maximize the quality by working with the growing and making good growing and picking decisions. • Good people. Hire good employees. Invest in their training and welfare and they will reward you by being dedicated and responsible and help you take care of the wine. • Equipment and facilities. Invest in your facility with proper equipment that is appropriate for the work and the right size for facility. The investment, while expensive, will pay for itself in time saved and wine quality. Efficiently handling fruit and wine will free you up to do other tasks that can increase wine quality. There is no magic to making great wine. It is hard work, with attention to detail, not cutting corners and doing the right thing. There is no greater reward than having someone tell you how much they enjoy a wine that you have made. David Forsyth is the winemaker and general manager of Four Feathers Wine Estates in Prosser.

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uHONORS/AWARDS • Trios Health received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award. The award recognizes Trio Health Southridge Hospital for treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standards level of care for at least 24 consecutive months. • Pasco City Television received the Hometown Award in government meeting coverage/professional access center from the Alliance for Community Media for its coverage of the city council. PSCTV is part of the executive department for the city of Pasco and serves as a function of the city’s communication services division. • Dave Sheen, Tom Hall and Rob Pratt received Distinguished Inventor of Battelle awards during PNNL’s annual Pathway to Excellence event. Pratt also was named the PNNL Inventor of the Year. Sheen and Hall were instrumental

in the development of millimeter wave imaging that is now used in more than 2,300 airport security and portal scanners worldwide. Pratt is a national leader in defining and realizing a power grid that is smart, efficient and resilient with 15 related patents. • Bon Voyage French School in Richland has become the first sister school of CAVILAM, one of the top French schools in the world. The partnership will make learning French more accessible and the school will become one of the first U.S. language schools to partner in an international campaign to promote French in the U.S. • Pacific Office Solutions of Richland has been awarded the WomanOwned Small Business of the Year award from the Department of Energy. The award recognizes small businesses that demonstrate innovative ideas and solutions while providing cost, time and manpower savings for DOE. • The latest graduating class from the Association of Washington Institute’s Leadership Washington was honored recently. The program is a nine-month leadership development program to nurture the state’s economy. Participants include: Brent Downey, Kaiser Aluminum; Ryan Eddy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Matt Hawley, Lamb Weston; Mike Kennedy, Energy Northwest; Kevin Leneker, Single Handed Consulting; Josh Lozano, Office of Congressman Dan Newhouse; Brodey Mann, State Farm Insurance; Joey Mertlich, Wilson Albers & Co.; Katherin Morgan, Bank of America;

Marcela Navarro, Cadet; Dustin O’Quinn, Lane Powell; Andrew Thompson, Granite Construction Co.; Eric Wolf, Workforce Training and Education Board. • Benton PUD has earned a reliable public power provider diamond designation from the American Public Power Association, the highest level awarded, for safely providing reliable electric service. The designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, work force development and system improvement. • Edward Jones, which has offices in the Tri-Cities, and the Alzheimer’s Association received a Gold Halo Award in the Best Health Initiative category at the Engage for Good Conference on May 24 in Chicago. The Halo Awards are North America’s highest honor for corporate social initiatives and showcase successful consumer and employee engagement efforts. • The Port of Kennewick recently completed audits and marked 22 years of clean audits. The financial audit was conducted by CliftonLarsonAllen, an independent certified public accountant firm, and the compliance audit was done by the Washington State Auditor’s Office. • Katie Gordon Nelson, marketing specialist and bookkeeper for of Kamiak Vineyards/Gordon Estate Winery in Pasco, recently graduated from the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Program.

uMILITARY • Col. Torry A. DiCiro has assumed command of the Northwestern Division Office of the Army Corps of Engineers. He succeeds Maj. Gen. Scott A. Spellman, who had served since July 2015. • Seaman Apprentice Anthony Lathim, a 2017 Kahlotus High School graduate, is serving in the Navy supporting nuclearpowered, fastattack submarines homeported in the Gronton, Connecticut area. Lathim is Anthony Lathim responsible for operating and repairing computers aboard the submarine. Personnel are accepted on a submarine community only after rigorous testing and observation. • Ensign Caleb Aaberg, a 2013 Prosser High School graduate, completed the Civil Engineer Corps Basic Qualification Course at the Naval Civil Engineer Corps Officers School in May. He is serving with the Navy as a civil engineer overseeing construction projects. Aaberg also received a bachelor’s in Caleb Aaberg civil engineering from University of Washington.

Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2018 uSCHOLARSHIPS • The Kiwanis Club of Richland recently awarded each of the following Tri-City graduates with a $2,500 scholarship: From Hanford High School: Haley Coleman, Washington State University. From Richland High School: Nicholas Conrad, University of Idaho; Annie DeLuna, Western Washington University; Caitlan Gallivan, Utah State University; Daedan Olander, Utah State University; Jenna Schrieder, Western Washington University; Gavin Silguero, University of Idaho; Jared VanDine, Eastern Washington University. • Students participating in programs at Tri-Tech Skills Center received the following scholarships at the Tri-Cities Education Cooperative Scholarship Awards ceremony: Nathan Blakely, Southridge High, PK Rotary Tool and Equipment, $1,000. Erica Carroll, Southridge High, Faurot, $1,500 and CCR RAAVE for $2,000. Francisco Climaco, Prosser High, Sunrise Rotary Tool and Equipment, $500. Isabella Funk, Richland High, Mark Kennedy, $500. Mason Hagins, Hanford High, IAFF Local 1296 Firefighting, $500. Ruth Hayter, GED student, CCR Tool & Equipment, $500; CCR RAAVE, $2,000; PK Rotary Tool & Equipment, $1,000; Columbia Valley Day Break, $500; Sunrise Rotary Tool & Equipment, $500.

TRENDS, From page 47 What will future years hold for agricultural processing and beverage manufacturing here? The quick answer would be continued robust growth. For example, while agricultural processing jobs in Benton County have been relatively flat since 2005, they have doubled in Franklin County over the same period. Domestically, national population and income growth should increase demand for french fries, frozen vegetables and wine. The real unknown lies in exports. The Trends don’t (and cannot) track the share of agricultural processing sales by product type that are export-bound. It is likely that processed potatoes have led, followed by other frozen vegetables, followed by wine. In the recent four years, exports of processed potatoes from Washington have hovered around $750 million. While much smaller, the value of the metro area wine exports has likely grown, if local exports mirror national trends. But a quick answer about exports may be incorrect, given the looming uncertainty of U.S. trade agreements with key countries. According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, frozen

Ethan Hurt, Prosser High, CCR Tool and Equipment, $500; Columbia Valley Day Break, $500. Cami Logan, Hanford High, PK Rotary Tool and Equipment, $1,000; Columbia Valley Day Break, $500. Bailey Newton, Richland High, PK Rotary Tool and Equipment, $1,000; Columbia Valley Day Break, $500; Sunrise Rotary Tool & Equipment, $500. Tho Paw, Kennewick High, CCR RAAVE, $2,000. Peyten Reffalt, Kiona-Benton City High, Sunrise Rotary Tool and Equipment, $500. Hunter Robbins-Bilow, Kamiakin High, PK Rotary Tool and Equipment, $1,000. Nataly Romero-Gomez, Kennewick High, CCR RAAVE, $2,000; PK Rotary Tool and Equipment, $1,000. Valentin Sanchez, Columbia High, Ye Old Car Club, $500.

uGRANTS • The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board approved a $50,000 grant to the city of Othello for the Industrial Water Treatment Feasibility Plan to explore industrial wastewater treatment. It was matched by $41,000 in local resources. The board also approved a $50,000 grant to the Port of Moses Lake for the Industrial Park Feasibility Study to evaluate a conceptual 2,086-acre industrial park. It was matched by $16,667 in local resources. • Warrior Sisterhood, a program of

potato products have tripled in value since 2004. The biggest buyers have been Japan, Canada, Mexico, China and South Korea. These are all countries now in the crosshairs of the current administration’s tough trade policies. While we haven’t read of possible titfor-tat retaliation by these countries toward Washington state products, we cannot rule that out. One might argue that the Tri-Cities would be wise to diversify its manufacturing sector, so most of its eggs aren’t in one basket. Doing that raises the question: into what other kinds of manufactured products? Can the existing manufacturing companies that are not agbased grow at a faster pace than to-date? Undoubtedly, a topic for a future column. For now, and for the foreseeable future, agriculture rules. D. Patrick Jones is the executive director for Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis. The Benton-Franklin Trends, the institute’s project, uses local, state and federal data to measure the local economic, educational and civic life of Benton and Franklin counties.

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native and Kennewick High School graduate Jaleh Flinders joined STCU as the Kennewick branch manager on June 1. She has worked for financial institutions for 16 years, most recently as a Numerica branch manager in Kennewick. CommuElizabeth Burtner nity Engagement Officer Elizabeth Burtner will work to build partnerships with local organizations and plan STCU events in the Tri-Cities. Before joining STCU, Burtner worked in branding and communications with Kennewick-based FDM DevelopJennifer ment. Home Cunnington Loan Sales Manager Jennifer Cunnington will lead a team of home loan officers who’ll serve members throughout the Tri-Cities. She’ll ultimately be based at the STCU Home Loans office in the Kennewick branch. She worked from Richland in sales force training and development with Stearns Lending. STCU plans to add Richland and Pasco branch locations in 2019.


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Business Profile

Standard Paint & Flooring opens new stores in Richland, Sunnyside BY DAVE LEDER

Yakima Valley Business Times

Standard Paint & Flooring has been busy this spring — busier, perhaps, than at any other time in its 64-year history. During the past month, the Yakimabased home décor chain not only opened two new showrooms in Richland and Sunnyside, but also improved its online ordering system to provide more convenience for customers. Standard Paint may not even be done growing. But after such a harried schedule during the past couple of months, the owners are looking forward to a little down time. “We’re always looking to grow the business, but after these two projects, I need a break,” said Regan Myers, who owns 90 percent of the company along with his brother, Craig. “It took a little longer than we expected, but it feels good now that we’re done.” The new Richland store, at 1480 Tapteal Drive, offers 24,000 square feet of showroom space, second only to Standard’s mammoth store in downtown Yakima, which is about 27,000 square feet. The former location on Kellogg Street in Kennewick provided less than half the space as the new store. But in a market growing as fast as the Tri-Cities, the owners knew they would be needing to move into a larger space eventually. The former Staples store provides even more room to grow.

“We like larger spaces because it’s more pleasant to shop without having displays all around you,” said Myers, who also owns stores in West Valley, Wenatchee and Bend, Ore. “Our staff also appreciates having more room to work with. The move was just as much about them as it was about our customers.” Standard Paint & Flooring acquired the new Sunnyside facility at 717 E. Yakima Valley Highway in early 2017 and originally planned to open the new store last fall. But the owners wanted everything to be just right before they introduced the new 12,000-square-foot showroom, across from Ace Hardware, on April 23. “There was a lot of work to be done. We totally gutted it,” Myers said. “We added offices, restrooms and lots of windows, and we also put in a wall so we could lease out the other half of the building.” The entire building is 20,000 square feet and the owners are looking to lease out the remaining 8,000 square feet. The building was previously occupied by Noble’s Flooring and Furniture. Myers said the new location on Yakima Valley Highway is far superior to the former Sunnyside showroom space at 222 S. Sixth St. “The Sunnyside building fit our vision of where we wanted to go, and as we continue to grow, we are able to take advantage of new opportunities like this,” he said. “The Tri-Cities move was

The new Richland Standard Paint & Flooring store is 24,000 square feet and features a more extensive product offering than the previous location in Kennewick. The company also opened a store in Sunnyside this spring. (Courtesy Yakima Valley Business Times)

more about finding a good investment opportunity at the right time. We decided to jump on it now because we weren’t sure it would be available later.” While the Richland project was extensive, the renovation didn’t require quite as much time as the new Sunnyside store. Among the improvements in Richland were an interior wall, fresh paint inside and out, new carpet, polished concrete fixtures and a decorative finish that included aged columns. “Both of our new facilities are gorgeous,” Myers said. “We’re glad that we can now give our customers in the Lower Valley and the Tri-Cities the kind of shopping experience they deserve.” As part of the transition to the new locations, Standard Paint & Flooring now carries a full line of PPG Pittsburgh Paint products to complement its signature Benjamin Moore line. Myers said the Pittsburgh products are priced more aggressively and will help Standard be more competitive in paint sales around the region. “Pittsburgh completes the picture for us and it provides a nice alternative to Benjamin Moore,” he said. Standard also expanded its cabinetry selection in both of its new stores, and will be offering a broader array of flooring selections from Shaw Floors.

New to the Tri-Cities store this spring is a selection of Norcraft Cabinetry products. Each of these brands will become visible at over the next few months.  As a way of improving convenience, Standard’s online team recently introduced a new service that allows customers to buy paint online and have it prepared in the store for pickup.  “Customers can now order their paint from us at any time on any device and we’ll have it shaken, tinted and ready to go when they stop by the store,” Myers said. “The process used to take longer, but now it’s very easy. We think this service is really going to help us grow.”  Over time, the company hopes to add an even larger selection of paint, lighting, flooring and more to its website. Myers said increasing installation services is part of the long-term plan.  But for now, the focus is on the online business and the two new stores. Myers is ecstatic about the direction his company is heading.  “I’m very proud of our team for the exceptional work that they’ve done,” he said. “Our growth has a lot to do with the great team we have in place. Without them, we couldn’t have gotten this far.”

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Ki-Be Market owners encourage Benton City pride BY JEFF MORROW

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

One would be hard pressed to find bigger boosters of Benton City than Mark and Lori Loften. The couple have lived in the small town west of the Tri-Cities since 2006 where they own and run Ki-Be Market. Along the way, they’ve helped their community and employees, supporting citywide cleanup efforts, employees down on their luck and local schools, youth sports teams and the town’s fire department. The grocery store’s uniform shirts are blue and white – the same colors of Kiona-Benton City High School, which is just across the street. Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. The Loftens were honored last month by the Washington Food Industry Association, or WFIA, with the 2017-18 Community Service Award. “From community tailgates to youth sports sponsorships, tutoring programs and more, Mark and Lori Loften have lifted up the community of Benton City and restored a sense of pride among its residents,” said Jan Gee, president and CEO of the association. “The Loftens understand children and families are at the heart of this community. Their enthusiasm and generosity have rejuvenated Benton City, and the stories of their kindness are seemingly endless. Mark and Lori exemplify what it means to be good citizens, and we are so proud to honor

Ki-Be Market owners Lori and Mark Loften recently received the Washington Food Industry Association’s 2017-18 Community Service Award. The Loftens have owned the Benton City grocery store for 12 years. (Courtesy WFIA)

them with this well-deserved award.” The statewide industry association is dedicated to promoting and protecting stores and their suppliers. Founded in 1899, the WFIA represents the state’s independent grocers. The grocery industry provides about 50,000 jobs in Washington state. The award honors those who exemplify the highest standards of services in both business and community to positively influence and enhance the lives of others. Troy Tanner nominated the Loftens for the award.

“Mark and Lori have helped create a new positive culture within their community and helped local kids become more well-rounded individuals who learn from their examples on how to become a good citizen,” said Tanner, a WFIA member and retail operations counselor with Family Foods. “They feel that if the kids in the school or the community have pride in their town and their school, they will take care of both.” It took the Loftens a change of pace to really find their home. “We were both working for Rob

Martin, managing Price Choppers in Cashmere and Quincy,” Mark said. At one point, the Loftens were managing five different stores — two in Pasco, and in Cashmere, Quincy and Sunnyside. “We were never home,” Lori said. “My parents raised our first two kids.” It was time to slow down. But it happened by chance. One day in 2006, the Loftens were planning to move to Cashmere to buy land for a new store. But that morning, Mark picked up a newspaper and read a story about senior citizens in Benton City wanting a grocery store so they didn’t have to drive to the Tri-Cities or Prosser to go food shopping. The last big grocery store in Benton City, the Red Apple, shut down in 2004. “And for one-and-a-half years, Benton City was left without a big grocery store,” Mark said. This would be their next move. The Loftens bought the store at 1215 Horne Drive and decided to put down roots in Benton City, population 3,360. That meant becoming part of the community. “When we first got here, Benton City had a kind of stigmatism that was not good,” Mark said. “We had been told by some people to don’t let the local kids into the store, that the kids would damage the store. But the kids were polite.” uKI-BE, Page 56


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2018 uNEW HIRES • Hanford Site services provider Mission Support Alliance has announced the retirement of two longtime employees in June and has named their successors. Vice president of Portfolio Management, Steve Young, retired June 15 and MSA welcomed Rick Millikin as the incoming vice president in this role. Young was with MSA for seven years and at the Hanford site for more than 30. Millikin comes to MSA from Rick Millikin CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. where he most recently served as the vice president of prime contract and project integration. He has more than 28 years of business and program management experience, working at some of the most technically complex sites in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management complex.   After 27 years leading the Volpentest HAMMER Federal Training Center, Karen McGinnis will retire in June. Paul Vandervert is now the director of HAMMER. He has been with HAMMER for 26 years, from concept and design to conPaul Vandervert struction and operations. He has served as operations manager since HAMMER opened and has been recognized for his leadership in developing HAMMER as a model for performance and customer service. • Rebecca Thornton is the new philanthropy officer with the Kadlec Foundation. She has had a career in public service and nonprofit, including most recently as a resource development director at United Way of Central Washington. • Jayden Henes, a senior at Delta High School, has been hired as an Avea Financial Planning intern in Richland. She joins Lexi McBreairty, also a senior at Delta High School, who was hired as an intern at the beginning of the school year. • Mike Davis is the new executive chef for Fat Olives Restaurant Catering. Davis has spent nearly 30 years as a chef and has worked throughout the nation and Northwest, including being the former owner of 26brix Restaurant in Walla Walla and opening McMenamin’s Anderson School in Bothell. The Washington native also has received numerous awards. • The Better Business Bureau has hired Tyler Russell as its new media and community contact for Eastern Washington and North Idaho and will serve as the marketplace manager.

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Disclaimer trusts can reduce or eliminate estate taxes BY BEAU RUFF

for Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

Why in the world would I write about such an esoteric issue as the disclaimer trust? Simply put, it is one of the best and most frequently used trusts by estate planning attorneys to reduce or eliminate the estate tax and provides great flexibility in your own estate plan. Note, this is not the same thing as a revocable living trust — which I have gently criticized in other columns — because that product is not necessarily an estate tax reduction technique. Let’s look at this hypothetical scenario: John and Betty have been married for 25 years. They have a house (valued at $400,000), a rental (valued at $200,000), John’s IRA (valued at $500,000), Betty’s IRA (valued at $500,000), and a $1 million death benefit life insurance policy for a total estate valued at $2.6 million. At issue is this: Washington state imposes an estate tax on estates valued at over $2.1 million (inclusive of life insurance death benefit). And, John and Betty have an estate valued at $2.6 million. If John and Betty engage in no estate tax reduction strategy, then they likely will pay the Washington state estate tax. So, how can John and Betty mitigate or eliminate the impact of the Washington state estate tax? With the disclaimer trust. Assuming all property is “community property” under Washington law, then we assume that each John and Betty has a one-half interest in the total estate, or $1.3 million each. Each is therefore individually under the threshold of the $2.1 million established by the state of Washington. But, if John and Betty have a typical estate plan where the survivor inherits everything from the spouse, then the sur-

viving spouse will have an estate valued at $2.6 million, exceeding the threshold amount. There is no tax due upon the surviving Beau Ruff spouse’s inheriCornerstone tance, but it Wealth Strategies inflates the surviving spouse’s estate above the estate tax threshold so that a tax would be due when John and Betty pass all their assets to their two children. One solution is to provide a mechanism for the surviving spouse to not receive all the assets but to be able to still enjoy the use of the assets. This usually takes the form of a testamentary trust — a generic term for a trust established in a person’s last will and testament. The disclaimer trust is a type of a testamentary trust. The disclaimer trust form is particularly attractive because it allows the surviving spouse choice – typically the choice to have a trust or not, the choice of what assets with which to fund the trust and the choice of how much to put in the trust. The option is exercised by the surviving spouse making a so-called “qualified disclaimer.” A qualified disclaimer is, in simple terms, a directive where the surviving spouse says, “I don’t want this asset,” and the terms of the will provide that in the event of a disclaimer, the disclaimed asset goes into the trust for the benefit of the surviving spouse. Going back to John and Betty — assume John passes away. Betty could then direct his $1.3 million into a trust for her benefit. She would have her own $1.3 million and she would be able to

access the other $1.3 million held in trust for her benefit (with some restrictions). But her estate would not then be valued at $2.6 million because the assets held in the trust don’t count as her assets. Accordingly, her estate is now back under the threshold and all the assets can pass on to the children free of tax. John and Betty’s wills facilitate this plan by providing, in general, that all assets go directly to the surviving spouse. But, if the surviving spouse “disclaims” any assets then those assets will be directed to the trust established for the surviving spouse’s benefit. The surviving spouse has the freedom to choose to place assets in the trust, or not. Perhaps the surviving spouse doesn’t want to hassle with a trust. He or she need not have a trust. Perhaps the assets have grown and the estate tax burden has likewise grown. The surviving spouse can funnel assets into the trust for protection from the estate tax. Perhaps the assets have diminished, or the estate tax has been abolished — the surviving spouse can choose to have no trust. If the estate tax is an issue for you and flexibility is important, then the disclaimer trust is a great option. Talk to your estate planning professional to see if the disclaimer trust is right for you. Attorney Beau Ruff works for Cornerstone Wealth Strategies, a fullservice independent investment management and financial planning firm in Kennewick.


uBOARDS • Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser, was selected to serve on the Hyogo Friendship Association. Washington and Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, have been sister states for more than 30 years Rep. Bill Jenkin to aid in international trade, tourism and cultural exchanges. The association matches its Japanese counterpart to foster friendship exchanges. The association has eight members with two from each major party from the House and Senate. • Heather McMurdo has joined the Columbia Basin College Foundation board of directors. She is the manager of the Nuclear Safety Quality Culture program for Bechtel and the Heather McMurdo Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, or vit plant.

Thank You Through your contributions and support the Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary club raised over $21,000 towards our scholarship fund! We couldn’t have done it without each one of you!

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A special “Thanks” to all the teams that participated, the donors of the great raffle prizes, the volunteers who worked the event and the staff at Canyon Lakes Golf Course!


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KI-BE, From page 53 The Loftens worked closely with city officials on a beautification project, pulling weeds on Main Street and working with area businesses to spruce up the downtown area. They also helped with the “Why drive?” effort, encouraging local residents to shop local and not drive into the Tri-Cities. “We put all the local businesses on the back of the shirt everyone was wearing,” Mark said. “It’s a pride thing, and it worked.” Ki-Be Market has 15 employees, many of whom started when they were in school. Some of them have needed help over the years. Like the time a Ki-Be High School vice principal called Mark and said they had a kid who was aging out of the foster care system. Could he help?

So the Loftens hired the young man, who lived on the other side of Interstate 82 and rode his bicycle to work every day. The Loftens found him a used car. Or the time a young married couple gave their notice on the same day. They lived in Richland, and their only car was in the shop and they didn’t have any money to get it out. The Loftens wrote them a check. Or the time an employee was going through a divorce and her ex-husband took the car, leaving her with no way to get to work, forcing her to give notice. Mark convinced a family member trying to sell an old car to give it to him at a reduced rate so the woman had a way to get to work. Every year, the Loftens donate to the annual Fireman’s Ball in various ways, whether financially or with gift baskets. But it’s the local youth who hold a soft

spot in the family’s hearts. The Loftens’ youngest child is still in high school. She plays soccer. The Loftens built a soccer training field at their home. They also built a sand volleyball pit. “Our daughter doesn’t play volleyball. But some of our daughter’s friends play volleyball,” Mark shrugged. “It’s a great place to train. The soccer kids usually come over twice a week during the summer.” On Ki-Be road trips, the couple’s daughter makes sure the team has energy bars and bananas. The Loftens go to all road games to cheer the team on. Youth sports teams get sponsored by Ki-Be Market. Ki-Be athletes of the week have their full, life-size cutouts displayed the following week in the store. Slowing down to run the Ki-Be Market

has allowed the couple to enjoy life. “I coached my son in football, and my daughter in soccer,” Mark said. It’s no wonder the latest catch slogan around town is, “Welcome to Bear Country,” after the high school’s mascot. “Happiness comes from the inside,” Mark said. “The kids come over here from the school. I measure what I tell them. When young people are between 20 and 35, a lot of the time it’s about, ‘Let’s make money.’ “But when I’m dead and gone, and people are standing over my grave, it’s not going to be about money. It’s more about how you affect people’s lives.” That’s why the Loftens are always looking to pay things forward. They do it because they love their community. “This town has worked to get its pride back,” Mark said.

uPROMOTIONS • Lori Butler was named the director of assessment and professional development for the Kennewick School District. She has been the principal of Ridge View Elementary since 2004 and has worked in Lori Butler education for 33 years. She has been honored multiple times for her work, including in Kennewick and Richland. • Numerica Credit Union has promoted Andy Stirling to senior vice president of the Central Washington region, Jennifer O’Callaghan to senior vice president of marketing and KayCee Murray to senior vice president of information technology. • Trios Health announced that two of its residents have been appointed to serve as chief residents for the hospital system’s family and internal medicine residency programs. Dr. Andrew Sou was chosen as Dr. Andrew Sou chief resident for the internal medicine program and Dr. Jessica Togiai was selected for family medicine. The physicians were chosen by their program directors and will serve as chiefs for one year, beginning in July. Chief resiDr. Jessica Togiai dents serve as role models for other residents and provide leadership within a medical residency program by teaching, facilitating conferences, supervising, scheduling, implementing policy and mediating.

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PUBLIC RECORD uBANKRUPTCIES Bankruptcies are filed under the following chapter headings: Chapter 7 — Straight Bankruptcy: debtor gives up non-exempt property and debt is charged. Chapter 11 — Allows companies and individuals to restructure debts to repay them. Chapter 12 — Allows family farmers or fishermen to restructure finances to avoid liquidation for foreclosure. Chapter 13 — Plan is devised by the individual to pay a percentage of debt based on ability to pay. All disposable income must be used to pay debts. Information provided by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Spokane.

CHAPTER 7 Theresa Lee, 2349 Hood Ave., Richland. Gary L. and Dayna J. Schmale, 2402 S. Kent St., Kennewick. Mary K. James, 5100 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Eric V. and Janet M. Slater, 2105 N. Steptoe St., Kennewick. Sally A. Rogers, 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick. Sharon L. Logsdon, 718 N. Johnson St., Kennewick. Aida R. Andrade, 631 N. Hugo Ave., Pasco. Kiya B. Locati, 825 S. Elm St., Kennewick. Deborah A. Walker, 209007 E. Finley Road, Kennewick. Ignacio A. Granado, 28 S. Quay St., Kennewick. Matthew A. and Cassandra J. Shoaf, 9325 W. Fifth Place, Kennewick. Jesus A. Lopez Jr., 2454 Horizon View Lane, Richland. Marie A. Pardini, PO Box 4768, Pasco. Kelly A. Power, 4606 Finnhorse Lane, Pasco. Jacob A. and Jane K. Holmes, 2555

Duportail St., Richland. Sergio Montes, 2408 Kalispell Court, Pasco. Pedro Rojas Jr., 1 N. Olympia St., Kennewick. Cathy F. Robles, 2913 W. Hood Ave., Kennewick. Mara M. Ullom, 804 Torbett St., Richland. Corey L. Chapman, 6115 Road 90, Pasco. Tina Hubbard, 332 N. Quillan St., Kennewick. Aaron T. and Skye C. White, 1202 Thayer Drive, Richland. Alvaro Rodriguez-Morfin and Juana E. Ramos Sanchez, 2507 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick. Armando V. Mendoza, 5903 Thistledown Drive, Pasco. Dennis Lollar, 4213 Dogwood Road, Pasco. Locas A. Amadio, 2401 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick. Judy Combel, 8220 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick. Jeffrey C. and Tonya M. Steele, 6519 Ruth Drive, Pasco. Vickie L. Evans, 1006 N. Road 54, Pasco. Jared A. and Marquita Schuler, 602 Davenport St., Richland. Mario E. Diaz, 915 N. Beech Ave., Pasco. Kirk D. and Carolyn F. Leniger, 1831 W. Octave St., Pasco. Debra L. Stovall, 4460-B Rosencranz Drive, West Richland. Matthew Simmons, 8811 Oliver Drive, Pasco. Darren A. and Charlene D. Dursteler, 6212 N. Road 68, Pasco. Christopher D. Smith, 5031 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Christa K. Dahlberg, 1114 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Judy K. Meske, 94202 S. 302 PRSE, Kennewick. Jovita M. Sanchez, 939 W. Pearl St., Pasco. Tim L. and Wendy R. Latimer, 2513 Duportail St., Richland. Francisco Moreno and Gladys Garcia, 7740

Taylor Flats Road, Pasco. Samuel S. and Aimee L. Goin, 4308 W. Livingston Road, Pasco. Kim Turner, 18004 S. 2179 PRSE, Kennewick. CHAPTER 13 Jay John, 4301 W. 35th Court, Kennewick. Jordan Kelm, 101 Armistead Ave., Richland. Dee A. Powell, 1402 W. 16th Ave., Kennewick. Ryan C. and Charlotte A. Magula, 1809 Birch Ave., Richland. Jesse Johnson, 536 N. 60th Ave., West Richland. Fred Bengoa Jr., 1327 N. Dawes St., Kennewick. Abel Orozco Sr., PO Box 150, Pasco.


Top property values listed start at $500,000 and have been rounded to the nearest hundred figure.

BENTON COUNTY 3920 S. Olson Place, Kennewick, 2,795-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $679,000. Buyer: Jeremy and Sofia Karmy. Seller: Damian and Christy Padilla. 6841 W. 23rd Ave., Kennewick, 1 lot of undeveloped land. Price: $580,100. Buyer: Travis Love and Melissa Leatherman. Seller: Prodigy Homes. 3301 Northlake Drive, West Richland, 2,461-square-foot, single-family home on 1 acre. Price: $525,000. Buyer: William and Eleana Pfieeger. Seller: Daniel and Susan Graham. 2000 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick, 4148-square-foot, commercial building. Price: $725,000. Buyer: Wes and Shannon Heyden. Seller: Stephen and Adela Felice.


2820 Sunshine Ridge Road, Richland, 3,169-square-foot, single-family home on 0.68 acres. Price: $583,800. Buyer: Nicholas and Mindy Juan. Seller: Todd and Efrosina Milev. 1261 Plateau Drive, Richland, 3,961-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $625,000. Buyer: John Becken and Theresa Murphy. Seller: Steven and Mary Schubert. 2701 S. Sherman, Kennewick, 3,110-squarefoot, single-family home on 7.52 acres. Price: $735,000. Buyer: Steele-Chavallo Investments. Seller: Kevin and Donna Heinen. 536 Athens Drive, West Richland, 2,934-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $550,000. Buyer: Evelin and Oksana Rakhmestryuk. Seller: P&R Construction. 1104 W. 682 PRNW, Benton City, 2,111-square-foot, single-family home on 6.35 acres. Price: $620,000. Buyer: Ronald and Sophia Dormaier. Seller: Douglas and Jody Stafford. Undisclosed location, 1.6 acres of commercial land. Price: $949,600. Buyer: In Slide Out LLC. Seller: Kennewick Irrigation District. 1376 Tuscany Place, Kennewick, 3,559-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $560,000. Buyer: John McDonald. Seller: Steve Morton and Sharon Cloos. 83903 E. Wallowa Road, Kennewick, 0.55 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $521,300. Buyer: Todd and Margaret Herzog. Seller: Prodigy Homes. 5109 W. 18th Ave., Kennewick, 3,931-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $699,900. Buyer: Robert and Cindy Heimann. Seller: Michael and Cristine Smithee. 25111 S. Sunset Meadow Loop, Kennewick, 3,135-square-foot, single-family home on 2.94 acres. Price: $700,000. Buyer: Charles and Linda Macrae. Seller: Pat and Vickie Denney.



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PUBLIC RECORD, From page 57 1404 Blue Mountain Loop, Richland, 2,319-square-foot, single-family home on 0.52 acres. Price: $615,000. Buyer: Benjamin Zelen and Marcy Aplet-Zelen. Seller: Jeffrey Stearns and Xiaojing Guo. 295 Bradley Blvd., Richland, 23,782-squarefoot, commercial building on 1.53 acres. Price: $4,395,000. Buyer: AG Bradley. Seller: DP Management Enterprises. 1348 Alla Vista St., Richland, 2,452-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $523,000. Buyer: Robert Carter and Jamie Perez-Carter. Seller: Blake Bush. 124 Oakmont Court, Richland, 3,941-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $554,000. Buyer: Stephen Ewer. Seller: Melanie Hoefer. 364 Clovernook St., Richland, 3,356-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $650,000. Buyer: Jonathan and Suzanna Wright. Seller: Jeff and Daniella Smart. 1549 George Washington Way, Richland, 16,752-square-foot, commercial building on 1.34 acres. Price: $5,050,000. Buyer: Douglas Way Building Corp. Seller: Bee LLC. 4008 W. 27th Ave., Kennewick, 7,840-squarefoot, commercial building on 1.06 acres. Price: $3,325,000. Buyer: Rock Island Partners. Seller: AWS Properties NW. 96305 N. Yakima River Drive, West Richland, 4,178-square-foot, single-family home on 6.08 acres. Price: $825,000. Buyer: Michael and Angela Duarte. Seller: Thomas and Kayla Coyne. 5102 Coulee Vista Drive, Kennewick, 3,122-square-foot, single-family home on 0.7 acres. Price: $500,000. Buyer: Daryl and Joanna Kelly. Seller; Brenda Wilkerson. 1614 W. 51st Ave., Kennewick, 3,337-squarefoot, single-family home. Price: $629,900. Buyer: Kevin Pieper. Seller: Mark and Karen Lutz. FRANKLIN COUNTY 151 Greenar Road, Mesa, 1,267-square-foot, single-family home on 165.5 acres of agricultural land. Price: $1,771,000. Buyer: Firewater Ranch Partnership. Seller: 42 Farms LLC. Undisclosed location, 160 acres of agricultur-

al land. Price: $1,482,700. Buyer: Katonnie Leasing. Seller: Kerry Petty. 11504 Woodsman Drive, Pasco, 2,380-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $511,300. Buyer: Stacy and David Jackson. Seller: New Tradition Homes. Undisclosed location, 2.45 acres of undeveloped land. Price: 525,400. Buyer: A-1 Properties. Seller: City of Pasco. 1525 W. Court St., Pasco, 3,856-square-foot, commercial building. Price: $865,000. Buyer: Kevin and Donna Keinen. Seller: SteeleChavallo Investment. Burns and Shoreline Road, Pasco, 112.09 acres of agricultural land with several singlefamily residences. Price: $833,300. Buyer: Chubby Cherries. Seller: Douglas Burns. 6821 Bitterroot Ave., Pasco, 1 lot of undeveloped land, Price: $507,600. Buyer: Amy and Brian Markham. Seller: Landmark Homes of WA. Undisclosed location, 20.76 acres of undeveloped land. Price: $1,213,400. Buyer: Sunbelt Homes. Seller: Pasco School District.


Building permit values have been rounded to the nearest hundred figure.

BENTON COUNTY Grain Communication, 218406 E. SR 397, $20,000 for an antenna. Contractor: Labyrinth International. American Tower, 31705 E. Wilgus Road, $15,000 for an antenna. Contractor: General Dynamics Information Telecommunications. Goose Ridge Winery, 63725 E. Jacobs Road, $1,843,800 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Conner Construction. Greenspace Consulting, 15505 Webber Canyon Drive, $309,400 for new commercial construction. Contractor: owner. Coventry Vale Winery, 51705 N. Wilgus Road, $76,000 for commercial addition. Contractor: Jay’s Curb & Concrete. Sandvik Special Metals, 235407 E. SR 397, $20,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. Tri-City Shooting, 93315 N. 225, $56,100 for new commercial construction. Contractor:

Sunset Construction. FRANKLIN COUNTY Sagemoor Vineyard, 8930 W. Sagemoor Road, $7,600 for an accessory building. Contractor: Silverline Electrical/Plumbing. KENNEWICK Columbia Bells, 2718 W. Kennewick Ave. $850,000 for commercial addition, $41,000 for a heat pump/HVAC and $60,000 for plumbing. Contractors: DA Bentley Construction, Eclipse Heating & Air and Precision Plumbing. KRG Building, 620 E. Bruneau Ave., $12,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: W McKay Construction. South Hill Plaza, 4303 W. 27th Ave., $12,000 for commercial remodel and $9,500 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: owner and Chinook Heating & Air. Vista Field Industrial, 6416 W. Hood Place, $279,000 for tenant improvements, $22,500 for plumbing and $15,200 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: O’Brien Construction, Progressive Design Plumbing and Chinook Heating & Air. HAPO Community Credit Union, 7601 W. Clearwater Ave., $25,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. The Archibald Co, 6902 W. Clearwater Ave., $9,500 for a sign. Contractor: YESCO. Port of Kennewick, 407 E. Columbia Drive, $47,700 for a fence/retaining wall. Contractor: Big D’s Construction. Port of Kennewick, 301 E. Columbia Drive, $49,900 for a fence/retaining wall. Contractor: Big D’s Construction. HTG International, 3312 W. Metaline Place, $12,000 for demolition. Contractor: On-Site Restoration. Bonanza, 1605 W. 36th Ave., $8,200 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Dayco Heating & Air. Kevin Bacon Investments, 8131 W. Grandridge Blvd., $5,500 for a heat pump/ HVAC. Contractor: Dayco Heating & Air. Kennewick School District, 930 W. Fourth Ave., $13,300,000 for commercial construction, $1,275,000 for a heat pump/HVAC and $1,130,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Bouten Construction, Total Energy Management and Columbia River Plumbing. Port of Kennewick, 104 Clover Island Drive, $40,000 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Sunset Construction. Wyo-Wash Corporation, 404 N. Columbia Center Blvd., $31,600 for commercial addition. Contractor: Nations Roof Northwest. Port of Kennewick, 421 E. Columbia Drive, $7,000 for a sign. Contractor: owner. Argo Colonnade, 6819 W. Canal Drive, $400,600 for commercial remodel. Contractor: SKB Enterprises. Walla Walla Farmers Co-Op, 5003 W. Brinkley Road, $5,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: North Sky Communications. CCH Executive Suites, 1030 N. Center Parkway, $80,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Pilgrim Communications. 39536 Properties, 4704 W. Hildebrand Blvd., $1,377,000 for new commercial construction, $64,000 for a heat pump/HVAC and $26,000 for plumbing. Contractors: G2 Construction, Chinook Heating & Air and Campbell & Company. Stacee Connelly, 5417 W. Hood Ave., $50,300 for new commercial construction. Contractor: owner. Swift Rehabilitation, 3459 S. Union Place, $5,000 for a sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Tri-CU Credit Union, 3213 W. 19th Ave., $53,400 for a sign. Contractor: Mustang Sign Group. Gesa Credit Union, 4500 W. 27th Ave., $81,500 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. Bertelsen Commercial, 22 S. Gum St., $16,300 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. Columbia Everett, 507 N. Everett St., $8,400 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Grand Prix Construction. Kevin Bacon Investments, 8131 W. Grandridge Blvd., $5,500 for a heat pump/ HVAC. Contractor: Dayco Heating & Air. Clearwater Professional, 201 N. Edison St., $11,900 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Dayco Heating & Air. Word of Life, 835 N. Neel St., $19,900 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. JBP Kirkland, 6821 W. Canal Drive, $41,000 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Palmer Roofing Co.

Two Dawgs, 4528 W. 26th Ave., $16,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. Blue Bridge Properties, 402 N. Ely St., $60,000 for commercial addition, $14,000 for a heat pump/HVAC and $30,000 for plumbing. Contractors: Ivans Construction, Pancho’s Heating & Cooling and Double A Plumbing. Boulder Heights, 3801 S. Zintel Way, $20,000 for commercial remodel and $7,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractors: owner and Campbell & Company. Church of the Nazarene, 2402 S. Union St., $30,000 for a sign. Contractor: YESCO. Falcon Video Communications, 639 N. Kellogg St., $96,700 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: DIVO. Tri-City Construction Council, 20 E. Kennewick Ave., $37,900 for commercial remodel. Contractor: JR Swigart Co. Benton PUD, 2721 W. 10th Ave., $15,000 for commercial construction. Contractor: Vincent Brothers. PASCO Goodwill Industries, 3521 W. Court St., Suite B, $320,900 for commercial construction. Contractor: Stough Development Corp. Jay Brantingham, 2710 Travel Plaza Way, $1,068,100 for commercial construction. Contractor: CRF Metal Works. Franklin County, 6600 Burden Blvd., $204,400 for commercial addition. Contractor: Ray Poland & Sons. Pasco School District, 616 N. Wehe Ave., $40,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: to be determined. Pasco School District, 1616 W. Octave St., $40,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: to be determined. Pasco School District, 1915 N. 22nd Ave., $40,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: to be determined. Tri-Cities Prep, 9612 St. Thomas Drive, $5,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Mark Vincent Construction. BNSF Railway, parcel 112353196, $22,700 for a sign. Contractor: Eagle Signs. Tri-Cities Community Health, 515 W. Court St., $5,300 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Delta Heating & Cooling. Bleyhl Farm Services, 6705 Chapel Hill Blvd., $76,000 for a fire alarm and $52,900 for tenant improvements. Contractors: Cascade Fire Protection and Mountain States Construction. Port of Pasco, 3210 Swallow Ave., $866,400 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Conner Construction. Port of Pasco, 3510 Stearman Ave., $71,400 for commercial reroof. Contractor: JR Swigart Co. Tri-Cities Retirement, 2000 N. 22nd Ave., $7,000 for a fire alarm. Contractor: Moon Security. K&S Family Enterprises, 1131 N. Utah Ave., $9,800 for tenant improvements. Contractor: owner. Cittagazze, 1336 Dietrich Road, $66,100 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. Rowand & Associates, 1925 E. James St., $125,900 for a sign. Contractor: A-1 Illuminated Sign Co. Pasco School Distrcit, 1315 N. Seventh Ave., $6,200 for a fence/brick/retaining wall. Contractor: Frontier Fence. Hogback Sandifur, 5710 Road 68, $6,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs. Russ Dean, 9420 Sandifur Parkway, $50,000 for commercial remodel. Contractor: Puget Sound Instrument Company. NW Investment Properties, 6607 Gehrig Drive, $5,600 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Bruce Heating & Air. 3JM Enterprises, 1510 Commercial Ave., $30,300 for commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. Housing Authority-Pasco, 820 N. First Ave., $108,600 for commercial reroof. Contractor: Elite Construction & Development. Good News Church, 3203 W. Sylvester St., $9,600 for siding/windows. Contractor: owner.

PROSSER NW Farm Supply, 451 Wine Country Road, $30,300 for a fire alarm system and $12,000 for a fence/retaining wall. Contractors: Cascade Fire Protection and owner. Love’s Travel Stops, 680 Wine Country Road, $9,700 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Bruce Heating & Air. Les and Ellen Cole, 119 Merlot Drive, $10,000 for a sign. Contractor: Quality Signs.


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2018 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 58 Mercer Wine Estates, 3100 Lee Road, $10,000 for a commercial addition. Contractor: owner. Zirkle Fruit Company, 101 Benitz Road, $20,000 for a commercial remodel. Contractor: Gary’s Plumbing Benton Rural Electric Association, 402 Seventh St., $5,900 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Campbell & Company. RICHLAND Tri-City Investors, 1225 Guyer Ave., $500,000 for commercial construction. Contractor: RM Construction & Interior Design. Fat Olives, 255 Williams Blvd., $57,100 for commercial addition. Contractor: Muzzy Construction. Sara Haws-Taylor, 1950 Keene Road, $396,700 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Oaklynn Construction. Central WA Corn Processors, 3334 Logston Blvd., $919,500 for new commercial construction. Contractor: Premier Excavation. Port of Benton, 2220 Airport Way, $332,600 for new commercial construction. Contractor: owner. Tapteal Apartments, 1775 Columbia Park Trail, $123,000 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Rush Hill Construction. 471 Williams LLC, 471 Williams Blvd., $9,400 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Bruce Heating & Air. JCLTG, 1314 Jadwin Ave., $8,800 for tenant improvements. Contractor: Shadeworks. Tri-City REI, 1511 Marshall Ave., $7,000 for a heat pump/HVAC. Contractor: Chinook Heating & Air. Luther Senior Center, 625 Berkshire St., $5,400 for a fence/retaining wall. Contractor: Frontier Fence. WEST RICHLAND Westview Gardens, 531 S. 38th Ave., $40,000 for a commercial remodel. Contractor: owner. City of West Richland, 3803 W. Van Giesen St., $37,800 for commercial reroof. Contractor: A+ Roofing.

uBUSINESS LICENSES PASCO Hill’s & Sons Services, 4309 Finnhorse Lane. Ramirez Shellfish, 2020 E. Lewis St. J White Maintenance, 51 McConkey Lane. European Desserts & Appetizer – By Nena, 110 S. Fourth Ave. Teton West of Washington, 5806 Industrial Way, Suite B. Custom Designs, 1842 W. Henry St. Gjovani’s Masonry, 7911 Salmon Drive. Robison Construction & Remodeling, 603 S. Arthur Place. Palomera’s Siding, 203106 E. Bowles Road, Kennewick. Eddie’s Handyman, 1505 S. Road 40. Northwest Overland Transport, 3721 W. Pearl St. South Hawks Transport, 2000 Road 32. Paris Beauty Salon, 218 W. Lewis St. Chica Dorda Fashion, 514 W. Clark St. Bang for Buck Backflow Testing, 2665 Waggoner Road. Idalia’s Tamales, 2517 W. Sylvester St. Omega Sheet Metal HVAC, 2423 Robinson Dr. West Central Distribution, 3405 N. Commercial Ave. G Mobile Detail, 4704 Santa Rosa Court. Ector Systems, 4901 Wrigley Drive. Atomic Tile, 1601 W. Fourth Ave. Misioneros, 535 N. First Ave. JN Solutions, 2101 Steptoe St., Kennewick. Balcom & Moe, 4560 Venture Place PR. Hansen’s Concrete, 2005 S. Tacoma St., Kennewick. Hummel Construction & Development, 84719 E. Reata Road, Kennewick. North Cape Properties, 1731 W. Clark St. SD Auto Repair, 2411 E. Lewis St. Bauman Builders, 3260 Fir Road, Eltopia. Ecblend, 6605 Burden Blvd., Suite B. Western Tree Services, 370 Hill Blvd., Richland. Peniel Construction, 4302 W. Hood Ave., Kennewick. Kenmore Team Construction Services, 8927 W. Tucannon Ave., Suite B201,

Kennewick. Vlads’ Delivery, 5818 Austin Court, West Richland. Reliance Energy, 4009 S. Anderson St., Kennewick. Martha’s Cleaning Service, 209804 E. Perkins Road, Kennewick. Restaurante Y Botanas Plaza El Chaplulin, 528 W. Clark St. J&A Quality, 821 N. Douglass Court, West Richland. Fourdaisy, 4 Carnation Court. Plaza Imperial, 220 N. 18th Ave. Joyeria Ml, 923 W. Court St., Suite B. Sun and Moon Magick, 7804 Three Rivers Dr. Expressive Creations Art Studio, 3016 Road 56. CC Commercial Curbing of Tri-Cities, 4330 Birch Road, Richland. EZfuse, 3202 W. Ethan Court. VS Masonry, 5703 Concord Drive. Active Shooter Solutions & Consulting, 4906 Meadow View Drive. Savvy Moms, 6403 Burden Blvd., Suite B. P M Construction & Remodeling, 632 N. Arthur St., Kennewick. Hanford Holdings, 6117 Beacon Rock Lane. Sherlock Homes Improvements & Repairs, 1037 N. 60th Ave., West Richland. Chucks Guide Service, 3005 Road 56. Versatile Design Studios, 4125 S. Pittsburgh St., Kennewick. Empire Construction, 931 W. Agate St. Wireless Vision, 4525 N. Road 68, Suite G. Myprocontractor, 5426 N. Road 68, Suite D. Valencia’s Lawn Care, 3100 W. Pearl St. Accessible Interpreters, 1004 Road 60. Xpress Mart of Pasco, 1724 W. Clark St. Ciao Wagon, 110 S. Fourth Ave. Mendoza’s General Contractor, 804 S. Morain St., Kennewick. Kona Ice of Pasco, 6600 Burden Blvd. Johnny Lolita’s, 2640 Kingsgate Way, Richland. M&C Douglass, 4205 Palmyra Drive. Pawz, 9811 Coronado Drive. D&S Drywall & Paint, 128 N. Wehe Ave. Sherian’s Transcription Business, 2916 Road 70. MTZ Trucking Corporation, 2903 N. Commercial Ave. H2A Construction, 213 N. Oregon Ave. Freedom Lawn Care, 192205 E. 247 PRSE., Kennewick. Atlas Construction Contracting, 1130 Meade Ave., Prosser. Duarte Blue Prints, 3316 W. Yakima St. Skaug Brothers, 222 E. Third Ave. Nuclear Care Partners, 660 Jadwin Ave., Suite E, Richland. Rico Commercial Cleaning, 1107 W. Fifth Ave. Gretl Crawford Homes & Interiors, 4504 W. 26th Ave., Suite 2010, Kennewick. Dogoson, 213 N. 20th Ave. Quality Painting, 4815 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Upscale Cleaning, 5925 Boise Drive. Summit Hydraulics, 1016 N. Oregon Ave. Zion Autos, 1424 N. Fourth Ave. Party Shoes & More, 923 W. Court St. Felix Plastering, 6702 Ahtanum Road., Union Gap. La Palma Market, 2120 E. Lewis St. Vman Construction, 4508 W. Sixth Ave. Bakkin-For the Delivery, 4603 Appaloosa Ln. Rika’s Total Lawn Care, 4414 NW Commons Drive. Ironsides Custom Grinding, 3501 Warehouse St. Precision Auto Body, 33 E. B Circle. DV Handyman Services, 1930 Benson Ave., Prosser. DG Mobile Car Wash, 4518 W. Marie St. Three Amigos Plumbing & Maintenance, 1424 N. Boyer Ave., Suite C106., Sandpoint, Idaho. Thunderdomerecording, 4715 Mojave Drive. Road 36 JV, 512 W. Canyon Lakes Drive, Kennewick. Miles Away Farm, 435 Pearmain Ave., Walla Walla. The Sygma Network, 13019 SE Jennifer St., Suite 400, Clackamas, Oregon. D&R Insulation, 4602 W. Imnaha Ave., Kennewick. Wave Design Group, 418 N. Kellogg St., Suite B, Kennewick. Pending Inspection Home Inspection Services, 6406 W. 15th Ave., Kennewick. Four Stars Auto Body, 4815 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Action Material, 10710 S. Cheney Spokane

Road, Cheney. Widener & Associates, 1902 120th Place SE, Suite 202., Everett. KL Hair Studio, 5403 Burden Blvd. Elite Concrete for Less, 1315 Tunis Ave., Richland. Columbia Industrial Coatings, 5456 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland. A-1 Airevents Northern States, 2844 E. Dodd Road, Burbank. Teal Flamingo, 4111 Hilltop Drive. Azdion, 723 N. Williams St., Richland. Ice Harbor Properties, 4520 Venture Place PR. Aalliam Properties, 2633 Quarterhorse Way. Mufasa Construction & Remodeling, 313 S. Williams St., Richland. Western Refrigeration Contractors, 2311 Wright Ave., Twin Falls, Idaho. Veritiv Operating Company, 20213 89th Ave. S., Kent. Columbia River Eco Wash, 6021 Thynewood Loop, West Richland. Rollin, 5322 Seahawk Drive, West Richland. Mami’s Spicy Ceviche, 44 N. Lyle St., Kennewick. EJA Consulting, 3621 Riesling Court. C&B Concrete Services, 3005 Road 84. Performance Digital Marketing, 403 S. Taft St., Kennewick. Gemmells Mobile Welding, 3001 S. Gum St., Kennewick. Grimmway Farms, 1315 Dietrich Road. Mac Hair Studio, 6403 Burden Blvd., Suite A. RDO Equipment Co, 5806 Industrial Way, Suite A. Alltronics, 10706 Trenton Ave., St. Louis, Missouri Al’s Flooring & Remodel, 198410 E. Seventh Ave., Kennewick. Investment Construction, 2004 S. Olympia St., Kennewick. Yawh Development & Construction, 1030 N. Center Parkway, Suite N137, Kennewick. Ed’s Irrigation & Landscaping, 526 Olympia St., Kennewick. Disgusting Love Apparel, 3703 W. Fifth Court, Suite B. Smooth Transformation Construction, 106 Canyon St., Richlnad. GVC Plumbing & Mechanical, 1141 Collins Road, West Richland.


Woodsy Rose Photography, 11711 Pelican Road. Pacific Northern Environmental Corp, 1121 Columbia Blvd., Longview. Global Concepts Construction, 400 14th St. Stough Development Corp, 1128 Main St., Suite 200., Cincinnati, Ohio. Farm House Bake Shop, 26658 Ice Harbor Drive, Burbank. RD Construction, 620 Ringhoff Road, Burbank. Fit Mom with Abigail, 8003 Mayne Drive. Precision General Contracting, 1030 N. Center Parkway, Suite 148, Kennewick. American Tires, 1220 E. Clark St. Eleanor & Mae, 8512 Whipple Ave. Mateo’s Catering, 1918 W. Fourth Ave. AP3, 2010 N. Commercial Ave. La Princesa, 111 N. Fourth Ave. Olivera Tires, 609 W. Lewis St. Bug Out Extermination, 246 N. Burke Ave., Connell. Lifeline Coffee, 2120 E. Lewis St. BA Fischer Sales Co, 720 N. California Ave. PSI Electronics, 5007 Pacific Highway E., Suite 5, Fife. Ecoc, 2640 Kingsgate Way, Richland. HGS, 1800 E. Seventh Ave., Suite B. Center for Laboratory Sciences, 2710 N. 20th Ave. Spentus Investigative Agency, 6117 Beacon Rock Lane. Rivera Wireless 2, 4526 Road 68, Suite C. The Vinyl Company, 4904 Laredo Drive. Miranda Construction, 451 Green Road. Crossroad Services, 4825 W. Pearl St. IER Environmental Services, 4510 Glade N. Road. El Patron Night Club, 101 W. Columbia St. Pepes Auto Repair, 2021 N. Third Ave. J&B Enterprises, 6350 W. Brinkley Road, Suite 110A, Kennewick. Health and Nutrition Specialties, 416 Road 36. Kingz Auto Glass, 1315 E. Lewis St., Suite B. RICHLAND Mount’s Lock and Key, 415 W. First Ave., Kennewick. American Rock Products, 11919 Harris Road, Pasco.


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PUBLIC RECORD, From page 59 Steppin’ Out!, 500 Amon Park Drive. J B Katz, 103 Barlett Road. Ron White All American Arborist, 6217 W. First Ave., Kennewick. Blue Mountain Telecommunication Services, 291 Chamberlain Road, Walla Walla. The Sygma Network, 13019 SE Jennifer St., Suite 400, Clackamas. Saunders Cable, 7109 W. Melville Road, Cheney. Humberto Gonzalez Services, 750 Swift Blvd. Matheson Painting, 615 S. Oregon Ave., Pasco. Wesdyne International, 680 Waltz Mill Road, Madison, Pennsylvania. Em Precision, 1011 E. Main St, Suite 205B, Puyallup. North Stone Richland, 41203 Kingston Lyons Drive SE, Stayton, Oregon. Vyanet Operating Group, 410 SW Columbia St., Suite 120, Bend, Oregon. Aegis Insurance Group, 2452 Dolphin Court. Western Tree Services, 370 Hill Drive, Eltopia. Benton Franklin Head Start, 2500 Chester Road.

Benton Franklin Head Start, 1750 McMurray Ave., #P-65. Benton Franklin Head Start, 1549 Georgia Ave., Suite B. Action Materials, 10710 S. Cheney Spokane Road, Cheney. Ivy Lawn Care, 2455 George Washington Way. Authorization Basis Services, 316 Seattle St. Larry Libby Editorial Services, 2840 Crosswater Loop. Go There Freelance Writing & Photography, 3214 S. Quincy Place, Kennewick. Ironsides Custom Grinding, 11714 E. Shadow Lane, Athol, Idaho. Ahlers Custom Framing, 5011 Sahara Drive, Pasco. Perfect Touch House Cleaning, 13224 Third Place SW, Burien. K.K. Professional Services, 626 Hunter St. Western Exterminator Company, 10905 E. Montgomery Drive, Suite 2, Montgomery. Triple S Excavating, 1116 N. Road 60, Pasco. Sequoia Business Services, 5900 W. Yellowstone Ave., Kennewick. J&M Masonry and Construction, 902 S. Garfield St., Kennewick.

Lighthouse Studios, 6404 Nisqually Drive, Pasco. Mistah Love’s, 109 E. 15th Ave., Kennewick. The Mint Salon and Skincare, 4309 W. 27th Place, Suite 105, Kennewick. Solora Solar, 6 S. Second St., Suite 201, Yakima. VTI Electric, 20606 84th Ave. S., Suite 201, Kent. Genesis Massage, 750 Swift Blvd., Suite 20. Ili Collection Naturals, 1963 Saint St. Navarre Avenue, 1797 Bolleana Ave. Forever Life System Stucco, 237 E. Eighth Place, Kennewick. Pool & Spa Solutions, 5972 W. 41st Ave., Kennewick. Badger Mountain Painting, 4616 W. Margaret St., Pasco. Wave Design Group, 418 N. Kellogg St., Suite B, Kennewick. Red Mountain Design, 5425 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland. Porter’s Real Barbecue, 1801 Terminal Drive. The Bunker, 225 Wellsian Way. Central Paving, 2181 Vantage Highway, Ellensburg.

Quality Masonry, 15611 S. Kirby PRSE, Kennewick. Magic Touch Janitorial Service, 1515 W. Seventh Ave., Kennewick. Bliss Events, 2426 W. 42nd Place, Kennewick. Project Bros, 1709 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Tropical Dew, 131 S. Hugo Ave., Pasco. Mountain Stone Masonry, 1793 Silver Court. 9th Avenue, 8879 W. Ninth Ave., Kennewick. Alder Holderings, 450 N. 1500 W. #84057, Orem, Utah. Napier of Scotland, 2242 Firerock Ave. Sumir Painting, 1920 W. Seventh Ave., Kennewick. B. You Clothing, 1906 Symons St. Jacree, 3313 Aqueduct Lane, Pasco. School of Chrome Guide Service, 9615 Welsh Drive, Pasco. Riverpointe, 2550 Duportail St. PS Custom, 1267 Evanslee Court. Jeff Bender Golf Academy, 225 Columbia Point Drive. J and C Flooring, 5702 Roosevelt Court, Pasco. Waller Anesthesia Services, 4215 E. Roosevelt Ave., Tacoma. GPI, 3250 Port of Benton Blvd., Suite E. Alpine Construction Services, 3023 Duportail St. Lodestar Construction Services, 5031 Canter St., West Richland. Legacy Fashion, 465 Wisteria St. Belle’s Gourmet Banana Bread, 103 Craighill Ave. Forever Life Landscaping, 29 Log Lane. Palomera’s Siding, 203106 E. Bowles Road, Kennewick. Siclear, 9028 W. Skagit Ave., Kennewick. Garcia’s Lock Out, 2021 Mahan Ave. Rise Up Nutrition, 2584 Queensgate Drive. MGS, 6303 Burden Blvd., Suite E, Pasco. Sparrow Investments, 2381 Robertson Drive. Quality Painting, 4815 W. Clearwater Ave. Pacific Northwest Construction & Restoration, 420 S. Quincy St., Kennewick. Engine Systems, 175 Freight Road, Rocky Mountain, North Carolina. Sakura Asian Restaurant, 130 Keene Road. Ricky’s Construction, 701 S. Volland St., Kennewick. Behavior Treatment Solutions, 403 Adams St. Tapteal Apartments, 1775 Columbia Park Trail. Apricot Construction & Design, 4106 W. Marie St., Pasco. Imperial Buildings and Installations, 3626 S. Ridgeview Drive, Spokane Valley. All About Plants, 1069 Sirron Ave. Lozas Concrete, 616 N. Hugo Ave., Pasco. Tri-City Piece O’Cake, 110 S. Fourth Ave., Pasco. J&A Quality Lawn Care, 821 N. Douglas Court, Pasco. Glacier Ventures, 2919 Troon Court. Mother Earth Mowing, 2620 S. Everett Place, Kennewick. Reign Sports Performance, 2135 Henderson Loop. Lefcourt Beauty, 69 Jadwin Ave. DG Mobile Car Wash, 4518 W. Marie St., Pasco. Columbia Kayak Adventures, 405 W. 48th Ave., Kennewick. Propel Analytical Services, 1453 Arbor St. Millwrights Northwest, 807 S. Whitman Ave., Rosalia. Red Lion Hotel Richland, 802 George Washington Way. Ashlyn Esthetics, 1311 Mansfield St., Suite 101. Tara Shoemaker’s Shears, 1311 Mansfield St., Suite 101. Mendoza’s General Contractor, 804 S. Morain St., Kennewick. Kindra Bistro and Café, 3300 Stevens Drive. Freedom Lawn Care, 192205 E. 247 PRSE, Kennewick. All Concrete Specialty, 904 W. Leola St., Pasco. A&A Construction Company, 1615 W. 25th Place, Kennewick. Los Guzman’s Services, 461 Jake Road, Pasco. Aalliam, 2633 Quarterhorse Way. Starboard Management Services, 19100 Von Karman Ave., Suite 340, Irvine, California. Precision Carpentry Northwest, 2119 Shasta Ave. Rika’s Total Lawn Care, 4414 NW Commons Drive, Pasco. The Coffee Crush, 1446 Spaulding Ave.


Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business • June 2018 PUBLIC RECORD, From page 60 A&M Carpet & More, 1019 S. Sixth Ave., Pasco. Wright Engineering, 4003 S. Anderson St., Kennewick. M3Solutions, 6680 Marble St., West Richland. Rachel Mowry, Editing Services, 1916 Hood Ave. ZZP, 1209 Country Ridge Drive. Abbey’s Artsy Attic, 1203 Symons St. Valiant General Contracting, 700 N. Road 32, Pasco. Ganelvick, 556 S. Lester Road, Outlook. Affordable Handyman, 1823 W. Henry St., Pasco. Corriell Appliance, 311 S. Roosevelt St., Kennewick. DV Handyman Services, 1930 Benson Ave., Prosser. Excellence In Mind Properties, 471 Columbia Point Drive, Building 1. The 4 Winds FX, 307 Armistead Ave. M&R Cleaning Services, 2105 N. Steptoe St., Kennewick. Tri-Cities Ballroom Dance, 4711 N. Dallas Road. We Data, 2235 Robertson Drive. Total Quality Services, 706 W. 49th Ave., Kennewick. Sasquatch Customs, 909 Sanford Ave. Wiggles and Giggles, 723 The Parkway. Safranski Consulting, 2647 Harris Ave. Longoria Interpretation, 653 Eagle Court, Othello. Crown Remodel, 4827 Corvina St. Irwin Analytics, 3041 Bluffs Drive. Lawn Service, 1305 McPherson Ave. The Black Woodpecker, 2021 Mahan Ave. Banuelos Bright Shines, 1212 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Extreme Cleaning Services, 3324 W. 19th Ave., Kennewick. BLF North, 2513 Duportail St. Hamilton Designs, 13227 N. Nascar PRNE, Benton City. Newhouse Studios, 1304 Torbett St. Good Cents Home Remodeling and Repairs, 6469 Sapphire St., West Richland. Unica Jefa, 44 N. Lyle St., Kennewick. Coann Technologies, 350 Hills St. All Seasons Lawn Care, 1201 W. 17th Place, Kennewick. Stagecraft Industries, 5051 N. Lagoon Ave., Portland, Oregon. CBKlais – Antiques & Creative Framing, 1007 Gillespie St. Scott Hedrick Construction, 1154 N. Orchard St., Boise, Idaho. B.C.V., 1089 W. Sunset Drive, Burbank. Summit Environmental, 10334 N. Taryne St., Hayden, Idaho. The Kitchen Place, 111 N. Vista Road, Suite 2A, Spokane Valley. Accounting Services Plus, 426 S. Olson St., Kennewick. Costa Vida #099, 3015 Duportail St., Suite A. Lawn Patrol Landscape Services, 4507 Campolina Lane, Pasco. Benton Franklin Head Start, 1704 Gray St. Red Hawk Fire & Security, 21312 30th Drive SE, Suite 103, Bothell. Parkside Driving School, 525 N. Edison St., Suite 103, Kennewick. Lily’s Housecleaning, 720 S. Morain St., Kennewick.

Johnny’s Quality Exteriors, 1104 Second Ave, Granger. Ecomodus, 5110 Tieton Drive, Suite 253, Yakima. Dash Productions, 3703 W. Fifth Court, #B, Kennewick. 1st Choice Auto Sales, 2540 Aileron Lane. Cheyenne Van Tine, 87 Keene Road. Pinky’s, 1713 S. Tacoma St., Kennewick. Donaldson Soap Co., 2513 Duportail St. Arizona Courtlines, 8742 N. 78th Ave., Peoria, Arizona. Pro-X Professional Service, 2904 Sedona Circle. Aleah Shop, 1213 Birch Ave. New Start Clinics, 925 Stevens Drive. Rock River Investments, 4115 Phoenix Lane, Pasco. Kagen Coffee & Crepes, 3400 Horn Rapids Road. Ace Landscaping, 348 Prospect Ave., Walla Walla. Pulse Virtual Reality, 2104 Kuhn St. Woodsy Rose Photography, 805 W. 13th St., Benton City. Noni’s Custom Creations, 8811 W. Clearwater Place, Kennewick. CJ Fitness, 2610 S. Highlands Blvd., West Richland. Go Go Construction, 4416 Appaloosa Court, Pasco. Notary Signature Services, 1845 Leslie Road. R&L Landscaping, 314 W. Sylvester St., Pasco. Crossroad Services, 4825 W. Pearl St., Pasco. Three River Science, 1202 Thayer Drive. A-Q Construction, 197 Geiger Drive, Pasco. Alliance Drywall & Paint, 3923 Meadow Beauty Drive, Pasco. Columbia Custom Fence, 6206 Klickitat Lane, Pasco. Puptown Pet Salon, 248 Williams Blvd. Irie, 207 Ontario Court. Power Star Services, 56605 N. Fraizer Road, Benton City. Edexpress, 1929 Everest Ave. Maid in Construction, 1221 Del Mar Court. Mile Marker Zero Consulting, 104 Grande Oaks St., Simpsonville, South Carolina. Temo’s Janitorial Service, 5012 Latimer Court, Pasco. Bomber Bob, 615 Birch Ave. Tri-Cities AAV, 8524 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick. Tri-Cities Concrete, 5215 Montage Lane, Pasco. Brigette’s Cleaning Services, 419 Madrona Ave., Pasco. JC Lawn Care, 4908 Tamarisk Drive, Pasco. McCormack Consulting, 300 Columbia Point Drive. Zedona Trading, 1030 Meadow Hills Drive. Ramsay Custom, 656 Cottonwood Drive. Smooth Transformation Construction, 9315 Chapel Hill Blvd., Pasco. City Maintenance, 6107 Cottonwood Drive. Mufasa Construction & Remodeling, 313 S. Williams St., Kennewick. VNS Federal Services, 1355 Columbia Park Trl. Artisan Door & Trim, 129 Spengler St. Durans Window Cleaning, 5205 Reagan Way, Pasco. Sagewood Meadows Homeowners Association, 156 Calle Del Sol St. Ed’s Irrigation and Landscaping, 526 S. Olympia St., Kennewick.

T B Services, 1149 Belmont Blvd., West Richland. Ornamental Tree Care, 3906 S. Anderson St., Kennewick. A Clip Away Lawn Maintenance, 1311 11th St., Benton City. RJ’s Bounce-N-Things, 7300 W. Van Giesen St., West Richland. Executive Logistics, 1537 Ridgeview Court. 3 Rivers Diesel and Repair, 2159 Henderson Loop. Lavish Dlights, 764 Meadow Drive S. Performance Digital Marketing, 403 S. Taft St., Kennewick. Razor Blades, 20904 S. Williams PRSE, Kennewick. Ecoc, 2640 Kingsgate Way. Hildebrand Sculptures, 1940 Harris Ave. Crete Brothers, 3719 W. 16th Place, Kennewick. Hilton Lawn Care, 8721 W. Second Ave., Kennewick. Innovative Arts, 2623 S. Quincy Place, Kennewick. Auto Express, 1610 Brittlebrush Lane. Elite Athletics Training, 1221 Columbia Park Trail. Digital Media Services, 11652 McCullough Road, Zachary, Louisiana. WEST RICHLAND Pool and Spa Solutions, 5972 W. 41st Ave., Kennewick. One Stop Mart 55, 4105 Kennedy Road. Phoenix Environmental Design, 25408 E. Wabash Circle, Newman Lake. Artfully Jem, 4500 Mount Daniel Court. Perfection Built, 720 E. Fifth Ave., Kennewick. Fire & Water, 222 Symons St., Richland. Ashkad Publishing, 5845 Holly Way. Michels Corporation, 817 W. Main St., Brownsville, Wisconsin. RV There Yet, 6311 Enzian Falls Drive, Pasc. Rosa Mendoza House Keeping, 1229 W. Jan St., Pasco. Picture Yourself, 2780 Katie Road, Kennewick. Chivas Construction, 750 Swift Blvd., Suite 14, Richland. Flamenco Painting, 530 W. 18th Ave., Kennewick. McKinstry Co., 5005 Third Ave. S., Seattle. 2 M’s Construction, 2722 Hyde Road, Richland. King Custom, 8806 Sophie Rae Court, Pasco. Alcaraz Concrete, 3 West A St., Pasco. Apache Construction, 6404 Three Rivers Drive, Pasco. Aden Masonry, 6200 W. Brinkley Road, Kennewick. Kim Associates, 4941 Chukar Drive. Kari Lee Consulting, 5660 Leilani Drive. Sunkissed Lavender Farm, 130 S. 58th Ave. Shaw Family Farm, 1010 Wilson St., Richland. Super Shine Cleaning, 510 N. Irving St., Kennewick. LA Construction, 218406 E. SR 397, Kennewick. Fred’s Prep Rite Home Painting Services, 306 N. 22nd Ave., Pasco. Salgado Lawn Care, 205904 E. Bryson Brown Road, Kennewick. Mr. Green, 1720 N. 15th Ave., Pasco. JLR Interiors, 2112 Briarwood Court, Richland. Chinook Construction, 3280 Clark Court. Wageman Heating & Cooling, 406 Barth Ave., Richland.


Nash Family I, 4771 W. Van Giesen St. Flying X Coffee, 4001 Kennedy Road, Suite 16. Rainier Sales and Service, 5204 Spirea Drive. Riverbank Rentals, 1329 Belmont Blvd. Scott Hedrick Construction, 1154 N. Orchard St., Boise, Idaho. Anchor D Construction, 627 Thayer Drive, Richland. Sprouting Ideas, 319 Austin Drive. Terence L. Thornhill Architect, 4005 Riverhaven St., Pasco.

uJUDGMENTS The state can file lawsuits against people or businesses that do not pay taxes and then get a judgment against property that person or business owns. Judgments are filed in Benton-Franklin Superior Court. The following is from the Franklin County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.

3 Cities Landscaping, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May 3. JAK Ventures, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 3. Alex B. Najera, MD PS, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 3. Tres Pueblos Meat Market, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 4. Fidel Cantu Jr., unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May 4. Tommy Le Dang, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Magdaleno Francisco, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 7. R&R Trucking, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 7. Southern Belles Espresso, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 7. Spurs Coffee, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 7. Jason C. Huels, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Oralia Uribe, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Jeffrey S. Moses, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Georgia Williams, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Leslie Guilford, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Debra L. Dewey, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Lydia A. Reading, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Jeronimo R. Ramirez, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Robert A. Miller, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Julio A. Mejia, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Ernest R. Johnson, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Martin Salinas, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 7. Essential Planning, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 15. Jesus Sanchez-George, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 15. Kulwinder Deol, unpaid Department of Licensing taxes, filed May 16. D&S Concrete, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May 18.



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PUBLIC RECORD, From page 61 Lazaro Flores Antonio, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May 18. McCary Meats, unpaid Department of Revenue taxes, filed May 18. Jose Chavez, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 21. Diego C. Barragan Avalos, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 21. Francisco R. Heredia, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 21. Elias Bustos, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 21. Milton J. Kathman, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 21. Larramie D. Swett, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 21. Adrianna N. Salazar, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 21. Daniel Sanchez, unpaid Employment Security Department taxes, filed May 21. Jose P. Contreras, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 30. Fidel C. Valencia, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 30. Alberto Chavez, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 30. Andrewjeski Farms, unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes, filed May 30.

uLiquor Licenses

Information provided by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

BENTON COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS La Hacienda Meat Market, 4242 W. Van Giesen St., Suite A, West Richland. License type: direct shipment receiver in/out of Washington; grocery store beer/wine. Application type: new. One Stop Mart 55, 4105 Kennedy Road, West Richland. License type: grocery story beer/wine. Application type: new. The Growler Guys, 110 Gage Blvd., Suite

204, Richland. License type: direct shipment receiver in/out of Washington; tavern beer/ wine; off premises. Application type: added/ change of class. Su Karne Meat Market and Deli, 402 N. Ely St., Suite B, Kennewick. License type: grocery story beer/wine; snack bar. Application type: new. APPROVED Hogue Cellars, 2800 Lee Road, Prosser. License type: domestic winery >249,999 liters. Application type: change of corporate officer. Sushi Mori, 1350 N. Louisiana St., Suite G, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant. Application type: assumption. Branding Iron, 213 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. License type: direct shipment receiver in Washington only. Application type: assumption. Cozumel Mexican Cuisine, 3801 S. Zintel Way, Suite A110, Kennewick. License type: sprits/beer/wine restaurant lounge. Application type: new. Kolibri Enterprises, 520 Wautoma Road, Sunnyside. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: change of corporate officer. DISCONTINUED Go Low Fitness, 100 N. Morain St., Suite 106, Kennewick. License type: snack bar. The Landing Bistro and Lounge, 430 George Washington Way, Richland. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge. Seoul Sushi, 710 The Parkway, Suite B, Richland. License type: beer/wine restaurant. Fredy’s Steakhouse, 3617 Plaza Way, Kennewick. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge. FRANKLIN COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS Recusant Cellars, 2113 Cottonwood Drive, Pasco. License type: domestic winery <250,000 liters. Application type: new. Dollar & More, 917 W. Court St., Pasco.

License type: grocery store wine/beer. Application type: new. The Sushi House, 6627 Burden Blvd., Suite E, Pasco. License type: beer/wine restaurant. Application type: new. Kahlua’s Lounge Bar, 1901 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. License type: spirits/beer/wine restaurant lounge. Application type: new.

Webber Canyon Road, Suite C1, Benton City. License type: marijuana processor. Application type: assumption.


Designed Life Chiropractic has opened at 2909 S. Quillan St., Suite 158 in Kennewick. The clinic offers neurologically based chiropractic care for all ages. Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Contact: 541-604-2829,, Facebook. GeoEngineers Inc. has opened at 8019 W. Quinault Ave., Suite 201 in Kennewick. The business is an earth science and engineering consulting firm serving clients in Eastern Washington and Oregon. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact: 509363-3125, Kingz Auto Glass has opened at 1315 E. Lewis St., Suite B in Pasco. The business offers windshield replacements, re-seals and window regulators. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Contact: 509-542-1496, Facebook.

Carniceria La Cabana #4, 5426 N. Road 68, Suite C2, Pasco. License type: grocery store beer/wine. Application type: new. El Aguila Restaurant, 939 S. 10th Ave., Pasco. License type: direct shipment receiver in/out of Washington. Application type: new. El Dorado Night Club, 218 S. Fourth Ave., Pasco. License type: direct shipment receiver in Washington only. Application type: new. El Torito Mx Market, 420 W. Lewis St., Pasco. License type: grocery store beer/wine. Application type: added/change of tradename. Studio 41, 306 W. Lewis St., Suite 306, Pasco. License type: snack bar. Application type: new.


Information provided by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

BENTON COUNTY APPROVED Leetcom Laboratories, 225805 E. Walter PRSE, Suite A, Kennewick. License type: marijuana producer tier 2. Application type: new. Five Leaves III, 233757 E. SR 397, Suite 1, Kennewick. License type: marijuana processor. Application type: new. Biggest Little Shop of Fun, 233757 E. SR 397, Kennewick. License type: marijuana producer tier 3. Application type: change of corporate officer. Celss Micro Farms, 68705 N. 132 PRNE, Benton City. License type: marijuana producer tier 1. Application type: change of corporate officer. American Cannabis Company, 15505


NAME CHANGE/NEW OWNERSHIP Uptown Antique Mall is now Uptown Antique Market at 1365 George Washington Way in Richland. New owner: Wendy Christensen. Contact: 509-943-6077, Facebook. MOVED Wine Country Family Dental has moved to 6225 Burden Blvd. in Pasco. Contact: 509547-3000,, Facebook. CLOSED Seoul Sushi at 701 The Parkway, Suite B in Richland has closed. Tri-Cities Autism Thrift Store at 731 N. Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick has closed.

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The Port of Kennewick celebrated the completion of the Latino Heritage Mural on May 23 at the Columbia Gardens Urban Wine and Artisan Village in Kennewick. Professional muralist Andrew Reid was commissioned in 2016 to paint the 48-by-36-foot piece to represent those who have contributed to the land by exploring themes of agriculture, wine labor and the Latino history in the region. (Courtesy Kim Fetrow Photography)


Cmdr. Jerry Peltier of VFW Post 12018 speaks to the hundreds who turned out for the 46th annual Memorial Day service May 29 at Sunset Gardens in Richland. The service included songs, a tribute to the fallen warrior, 21-gun salute and a medley of songs from each branch of the service.

Bush Car Wash celebrated the accomplishments of 18 employees who graduated from high schools in Pasco, Richland, Kennewick and Finley. Bush Car Wash has locations in each of the Tri-Cities. (Courtesy Bush Car Wash) Four H1 Unlimited hydroplane teams were in Kennewick on June 1 to test their equipment in preparation for the upcoming season. The daylong event at Columbia Park was hosted for the 11th year by the Tri-City Water Follies organization. The HAPO Columbia Cup is July 27-29 in Kennewick.

Cathryn Tames, center, executive director of the Children’s Developmental Center in Richland, stands with staff and families while holding her KIDCHAMP Award. The Rite Aid Foundation presented the award to her for her tireless work over the past 30 years to support children with disabilities and developmental challenges. Tames was recognized May 18. She received a $10,000 donation to the Children’s Developmental Center and $500 in Rite Aid gift cards to continue advancing the agency’s work to improve the health and well-being of children served by the organization. (Courtesy Rite Aid Foundation)

Energy officials celebrated the installation of an electric vehicle DC fast charging station at a May 15 ribbon-cutting event at the Southridge Sport Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. It was paid for with a $405,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation as part of an EVITA pilot project to install nine stations along Washington highway corridors.

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