Jessica Hoefer

Jessica Hoefer

Jessica Hoefer is a freelance writer based in Prosser and a contributor to numerous print and online publications. When she’s not working on a news story, she can be found on the soccer field, at her local library or holed up in her office working on her next Young Adult novel.

Since its inception, the Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation has raised $2.5 million for PMH Medical Center. The hospital is in the process of creating its own foundation.

After 17 years, PMH Medical Center, foundation cut ties

PMH Medical Center has ended its relationship with the charitable group formerly known as the Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation. The Prosser hospital’s decision to sever ties with the nonprofit became effective July 31. Since its inception in 2000, the foundation has raised as estimated $2.5 million for the hospital, including $2.15 million for the capital […]

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The new Tri-CU building, which will cost almost $3 million, was designed by Terence L. Thornhill Architect Inc. of Pasco. DGR Grant Construction of Richland is the general contractor. (Courtesy Tri-CU)

Credit union announces name change, plans for new building

Tri-CU unveils new logo name, plans for new headquarters Tri-Cities Community Federal Credit Union announced its new name this month and soon the company will get a new home. The credit union is now called Tri-CU (pronounced Tri-Q) as announced during a recent ground-breaking ceremony for a 8,300-square-foot building at 3213 W. 19th Ave. in […]

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TriboTEX’s Carl Holder of Richland and Vladimir Borisov man their booth at the American Chemical Society’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in August. The company developed a product to enhance engine lubrication and durability.

Company aims to reduce carbon emissions, improve vehicle efficiency

Pasha Rudenko started his materials science doctorate at Washington State University in 2009 with one goal: to make lubricants safer. “Lubricants are just a mixture of base oil, most often mineral or synthetic, or vegetable oil and additives,” said Rudenko, whose undergraduate degree is in materials science for nuclear reactors. “(The) toxicity of lubricants comes […]

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Investment property for sale at 1446 Spaulding Ave. in Richland.

Commercial real estate brokers expect continued growth

Rusty Morse has been a part of the Tri-City commercial real estate scene for a quarter of a century, and while he’s seen plenty of growth in the area, he said the last five to 10 years have been phenomenal. “It just continues to grow,” said Morse, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Commercial. “I look […]

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Columbia Label owner, Steve Hall, stands next to a new $1 million digital press inside his Benton City company. A second machine, the 2018 Digicon finishing press, will arrive in January. The business provides labels for more than 75 wineries, including Tagaris and Badger Mountain Vineyards, as well as specialty food clients.

Columbia Label expands to better serve Northwest wine industry

Columbia Label recently installed its first of two $1 million dollar machines to help better meet the needs of Northwest wineries. The company provides labels for more than 75 wineries, including Tagaris and Badger Mountain Vineyards, as well as specialty food clients. Its new Indigo WS6800 Digital Press is the top digital wine label printer […]

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Perfection Glass’ Robert Rojas, vice president, and Bob McCord, commercial manager, show off a Dynamic Glass panel. The company recently started using the specialty glass, which can be altered depending on the weather. The downtown Kennewick-based company recently acquired Walla Walla’s Yale Glass Company.

Perfection Glass plans expansion to Walla Walla market

Downtown Kennewick company also considering move to Richland in fall Kennewick’s Perfection Glass has acquired Yale Glass Company Inc. in Walla Walla and will begin serving more residents in the southeastern region of the state beginning in September. Dennis Yale, who has owned Yale Glass Company for 40 years, approached Kennewick-based Perfection Glass in December […]

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Mike Palmus and his wife, Rosemary, flank customer Kyle Whitby as they pose for a photo after a fishing excursion. DownUnderSportFishing will open a location in Australia in 2018. (Courtesy DownUnderSportFishing)

Tri-City-based fishing charter business expands to Australia

DownUnderSportFishing to offer package deals in 2018 A Tri-City fishing business will expand its operations to open a branch more than 7,000 miles away next year. DownUnderSportFishing, which offers sightseeing trips and fishing excursions, will offer fishing charters in Australia. Mike Palmus and his wife, Rosemary, of Kennewick say Australia is the perfect destination for […]

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Numerica’s Jimmy Rutkowsky helps member Galt Pettett with a banking transaction. Numerica plans to open two new branches in Kennewick this year.

Numerica to open two new Kennewick branches this year

Tri-City growth prompts new locations on Gage, Hildebrand Numerica Credit Union is opening two new branches in Kennewick this year. The company experienced tremendous growth in 2016, with loans growing by more than $224 million and deposit accounts by more than $175 million. The Spokane-based Numerica, which also serves northern Idaho and the Wenatchee Valley, […]

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Fuel distributor R.E. Powell recently bought a $4.45 million three-story office building at 1060 Jadwin Ave. in Richland after outgrowing its facility in Pasco. Twenty employees work out of the offices on Jadwin. The company is the largest distributor of Chevron fuels in the Northwest and the largest distributor of Shell lubricant, supplying businesses all over Washington, northern and eastern Oregon, and the Idaho panhandle.

R.E. Powell expands in Tri-Cities, buys $4.45M building in Richland

R.E. Powell, a distributor of fuels and lubricants, has expanded its presence in the Tri-Cities by buying a three-story office building in Richland. In late April 2017, the company bought a 46,800-square-foot building for $4.45 million at 1060 Jadwin Ave. The Grandview-based company had been leasing the building since fall 2016 after outgrowing its facility […]

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