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.
Bruce Loflin, manager of the new Pasco AutoZone Distribution Center, cuts the ribbon at the Nov. 4 grand opening ceremony with Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins and AutoZone corporate executives looking on.

AutoZone offers $7,500 signing bonus to experienced truck drivers

Pasco warehouse’s 245 employees coordinate 270 weekly deliveries across seven states As AutoZone celebrated the grand opening of its new Pasco distribution center earlier this month, the company was offering $7,500 sign-on bonuses to entice qualified truck drivers to join the team. The company’s $50 million distribution center and truck maintenance yard on 93.4 acres…

Tri-Cities Autism Thrift Store opened its doors in early October with the mission of providing job skills training programs for autistic and intellectually challenged people. The store joins more than a dozen other charity thrift stores throughout region.

Tri-City charity thrift stores support variety of causes

Tri-City thrift store shoppers can check out Kennewick’s newest shop, Tri-Cities Autism Thrift. The new store provides job skills training opportunities for those with autism and other cognitive disabilities. “I had been praying a long time for there to be a place for my 24-year-old daughter — who has high-functioning autism — to learn job…

Eager job seekers fill out basic paperwork at Express Employment Professionals in Kennewick, where hiring specialists meet with clients and place them in positions throughout the area.

Recruiters do check social media feeds to find, screen candidates

Experts say maintaining professional online presence is important for job seekers Seventy percent. That’s the percentage of employment recruiters using social media to screen candidates, according to a recent CareerBuilder study. The online employment company’s study surveyed 2,380 private sector hiring and human resource professionals selected from a variety of industries and company sizes. As…

Artfetti's macarons

Macaron mania keeps Kennewick bakery’s business booming

Artfetti moves away from custom cakes to focus on petite sweets The demand for Artfetti’s delectable macarons has prompted the small Kennewick bakery to expand its offerings. “Some days we sell out by 4 p.m.,” said co-owner José Garcia, who opened Artfetti with his wife, Silvia, in June 2016. Not to be confused with macaroons, the…

Officials from Lampson International, Tri-City Development Council and Pasco Chamber of Commerce join local politicians and members of the Association of Washington Business atop a Lampson crane during AWB’s statewide bus tour that stopped in the Tri-Cities on Oct. 3 to highlight the state’s manufacturers.

AWB bus crisscrosses state, visits Tri-City manufacturing companies

Association of Washington Business’ bus rolled into Tri-Cities earlier this month as a part of its inaugural, statewide bus tour in support of the state’s manufacturers. The Tri-City stops included Delta High School, Lampson International and Barnard Griffin Winery. It makes sense the region was included in the statewide showcase as Benton and Franklin counties…

Meet Port of Pasco’s new commissioner

The Port of Pasco’s newest commissioner is a longtime community leader wanting to help develop long-term projects to create jobs and enhance the port district’s tax base. Vicki Gordon was appointed to the seat Aug. 24 following the death of commission President Ron Reimann on July 30. Reimann, 74, died when a van crashed into…

UberEats couriers can be summoned via a standalone app to deliver meals from about 20 Tri-City restaurants. Users must pay a $4.99 booking fee and a minimum order is required. (Courtesy UberEats)

Tri-City restaurants now deliver, thanks to UberEats couriers

About 20 eateries participating in Uber’s meal-delivery program Want to enjoy food from a favorite Tri-City restaurant without having to leave the house? Request delivery from UberEats, a standalone meal courier service now offered by the popular ride-share service Uber. The new meal service comes eight months after Uber debuted in Kennewick last year. “We…

Rockabilly Roasting Co. is poised to leverage two parking spaces in front of its café for a new kind of outdoor dining experience — a semi-permanent structure occupying public space called a streatery. Owner Travis Jordan said he hopes to have Rockabilly’s so-called streatery open by Mother’s Day.

Kennewick considers turning parking spots into dining spaces

Visitors to Seattle, Portland, Europe or Wenatchee may have noticed the popularity of a new type of urban, outdoor dining space: the streatery. The transformation of parking spots into outdoor patios is coming next spring to Kennewick Avenue. After dining at the McGlinn’s Public House streatery in Wenatchee, Rockabilly Roasting Co. owner Travis Jordan shared…

Hanford’s vit plant project is on pace to treat low-activity tank waste as soon as 2022, and ahead of full WTP commissioning, taking advantage of those facilities close to completion. Bechtel hired 22 students for internships at the site this summer. (Courtesy Bechtel National)

Bechtel offers real-world experience to college students

Bechtel National Inc.’s radioactive waste treatment plant project has provided more than 330 internship opportunities for college students seeking real-world experience in their fields of study since 2006. From engineering, construction, procurement, environmental, safety, and information technology, to the human resources and public communications departments, interns receive unique opportunities to directly contribute and assist in…

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