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Inland Northwest Bank recently opened a permanent branch at 8127 W. Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick after operating in a temporary Richland office since last fall.

Inland Northwest Bank opens new branch in Kennewick

By Laura Kostad Inland Northwest Bank opened its first permanent Tri-City branch last month in Kennewick. The bank has been conducting business in the Tri-Cities since September in a temporary…

Northwest Farm Credit Services’ new 24,000-square-foot building is under construction at 9915 St. Thomas Drive in Pasco and expected to be completed this fall.

$3 million Northwest Farm Credit Services building under construction in Pasco

By Laura Kostad Northwest Farm Credit Services is moving into the bustling commercial area near Broadmoor Boulevard and Sandifur Parkway in Pasco. The Spokane-based company has been making headway on…

AWB’s rebranding reflects larger role expected of employers

AWB’s rebranding reflects larger role expected of employers

By Kris Johnson A lot has changed since the Association of Washington Business was founded 113 years ago. Innovation has sparked new industries, many of them unimaginable even a generation…

Lemon Grass Gifts owner Linda Pasco snaps a photo while a new sign for her store is installed at Marineland Plaza at 5215 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. A major remodel of the 30-year-old retail plaza has encouraged businesses to move in and longtime tenants to make improvements.

Remodeled Kennewick shopping plaza attracts new tenants

By Robin Wojtanik For the first time in two decades, all but one storefront is occupied at Kennewick’s Marineland Plaza. Following a major remodel of the façade, every spot on…

Food processing

Food processing jobs lead local manufacturing boon

By Robin Wojtanik The Tri-Cities has seen the creation of thousands of new jobs in manufacturing, despite a loss of manufacturing jobs across the state. Jobs in food processing led…

The Bogert Group in Pasco, a company with four separate manufacturing arms, reported success after participating in the business consulting and online education portions of the Make It In Washington, a program providing rural manufacturers with a range of consulting services and educational subsidies to train employees in key functions to make their businesses operate more efficiently. (Courtesy The Bogert Group)

Tri-City businesses succeeding at Making It In Washington program

By Michelle Dupler When your job is to make the best hydraulic jack you can, also understanding how to reach customers on Facebook might be outside your toolbox. But for…

Miramac Metals signed a two-year lease with the Port of Pasco last May for one of its warehouses in the Big Pasco Industrial Center, located off Ainsworth Avenue along the Columbia River. Demand for products is prompting the steel roofing manufacturer to plan for an expansion.

Miramac Metals eyes expansion of Pasco manufacturing plant

By Laura Kostad Miramac Metals Inc. opened a new manufacturing facility a year ago in Pasco and is already considering a future expansion. The Mead-based company supplies a diverse offering…

Cloyd Bowers, 93, right, and Dave Car, 61, use the seated steppers at the city of Richland’s new gym COR Fit at the Richland Community Center.

New Kennewick, Richland gyms aim to offer affordable workouts

By Robin Wojtanik The availability of inexpensive fitness options is increasing in the Tri-Cities with the opening of COR Fit in Richland and the new Planet Fitness in Kennewick. Each…

Verizon Wireless expands at Columbia Center Mall

Verizon Wireless to expand in Columbia Center

An expanded Verizon Wireless store is under construction at Columbia Center mall in Kennewick. The cellphone store is expanding into 1,400 square feet that will encompass the former Starbucks shop…

Farmers should make time for mid-year estate tax planning

Farmers should make time for mid-year estate tax planning

By Paul G. Neiffer Farm couples can be worth about $11 million and not owe any federal estate tax. However, farmers in Washington state are subject to a state estate…

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