Articles by Laura Kostad

Laura Kostad is a freelance reporter for the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times. After completing her bachelor’s degree in creative writing at the University of Washington in 2015, she moved to Kennewick to pursue new opportunities and launch her career. She has been with the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business since 2017 and has enjoyed getting to know her new community through journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys working on the many book ideas she has and the occasional poem.
Officials from Tyson Fresh Meats in Wallula shared their company’s story of ongoing growth and success with Association of Washington Business officials when they visited the beef processing plant on the sixth day of the second annual Manufacturing Week statewide bus tour.

Tyson announces $36M expansion during statewide manufacturing tour

As an Association of Washington Business bus rolled into the parking lot of Tyson Fresh Meats bright and early on a recent morning in Wallula, many of the cattle slaughterhouse and beef processing plant’s 1,400 workers were arriving for work. Even more people will be joining them at their job site next year when a…

The Southridge area of south Kennewick continues to see new commercial construction projects, like this new building for STCU credit union at 4842 W. Hildebrand Blvd. The Spokane-based credit union also has plans to open branches in Pasco and Richland. (Photo: Scott Butner Photography)

Commercial real estate: local businesses drive development

Despite quick turnover of limited commercial real estate inventory and an ongoing demand for construction services, the Tri-City commercial real estate market continues to boom. “There is definitely a steady volume of construction that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon,” said Scott Howard, executive director of the Tri-City Construction Council, the region’s plan…

The second phase of the Port of Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village is underway on Columbia Drive. It will feature a food truck plaza and a new tasting room building, scheduled for completion in 2019. (Photo: Port of Kennewick)

Port of Kennewick: progress continues on Columbia Gardens, Vista Field

The Port of Kennewick’s two biggest development projects aim to turn high-profile properties into thriving, multi-use areas that offer a sense of community. The port plans to seek bids by the end of 2018 for the first phase of the Vista Field redevelopment project, while the construction of infrastructure to support the second phase of…

Dancers and musicians like Jackson Martin, from left, Kyung-Ah Park, Bruce Walker and Cecilia Roddy look forward to the day when the Vista Arts Center opens in Kennewick. The 800-seat performing arts center will be at the Port of Kennewick’s Vista Field development. (Photo: Scott Butner Photography)

Vista Arts Center: group envisions dedicated place for arts

A 23-year-old group has stepped into the spotlight to raise money to open the Tri-Cities’ first performing arts center at Vista Field. The group has long said that the Tri-Cities doesn’t have a suitable, designated performance space to hold symphonies, Broadway shows, plays and ballets. “The idea is that Vista Field will become an arts…

Occupancy at the Port of Pasco’s Big Pasco Industrial Park has jumped from 52 percent to 82 percent with the signing of new tenants using the warehouse space to expand their businesses. (Photo: Shawna Dinh)

Port of Pasco: new development projects in works, on horizon

Over the past year, the Port of Pasco has been paving the way forward — in some cases, literally — on several new projects. Responsible for most of Franklin County, aside from the northeastern region, which is managed by the Port of Kahlotus, the Port of Pasco owns more than 3,000 acres and expects to…

The Port of Benton is overseeing a $1.8 million, 12,000-square-foot expansion for longtime tenant Chukar Cherries in Prosser. (Photos: Port of Benton)

Port of Benton to buy 71.5 acres of light industrial land in north Richland

The Port of Benton celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018, but Stuart Dezember, the port’s director of finance, said the real celebration will be after the completion of several projects currently underway. Those include the completion of Chukar Cherries’ expansion and second phase of Vintner’s Village in Prosser, purchase of 71.5 acres in north Richland…

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D’s Wicked Cider’s serving up barbecue as part of expanded menu

What do you get when you cross apple cider brews with an open pit barbeque? A new dining experience at d’s Wicked Cider House & Tasting Room in Kennewick, that’s what. Located at 9312 W. 10th Ave., d’s Wicked Cider recently introduced a full-scale restaurant menu to its offerings, providing visitors a full meal deal…

Casey Hart, regional vice president of Benton-Franklin Title Co., stands behind the front desk at the local business’ new office at 510 N. Colorado St. in Kennewick. The company decided to move from its present location on Clearwater Avenue after 30 years to be closer to planned development in the Vista Field area.

Benton Franklin Title moves into renovated Vista Field office

After more than 30 years at its Clearwater Avenue location, Benton-Franklin Title Co. has moved into a newly renovated, larger space at 510 N. Colorado St. in Kennewick where it will continue to provide “one stop” title and escrow services to the Tri-City community. “We wanted to be out here in the Vista Field area…

Bath Fitter Central Washington has moved its operations to 4207 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. It used to be located on Port of Kennewick property on West Third Avenue.

Bath Fitter expands into Clearwater Avenue shop

Bath Fitter Central Washington has more than tripled its space with a move to a higher traffic shop at 4207 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. The new location provides Bath Fitter with 3,300 square feet that includes a 1,000-square-foot showroom to stage seven full-size bath/shower setups representing their product lines, an office and conference room.…

Construction is underway on Silo’s Sports Bar and Grill at 12125 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. It will offer upscale bar food accompanied by beer, wine and spirits and 24 taps served in a modern industrial atmosphere.

New sports bar and grill to feature rustic industrial look, unique menu

A new bar and grill is under construction near the Leslie Road roundabout at the west end of West Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick. Silo’s Sports Bar and Grill’s doors are expected to open in mid- to late January in this rapidly expanding edge of town near Interstate 82 at 12125 W. Clearwater Ave. Silo’s owner,…

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