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.
Bart Fawbush stands in his production room at Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village on Columbia Drive. The barrels of aging wine behind him will be bottled into about 1,100 cases within a single day next summer. Fawbush plans to open his doors before Christmas.

Columbia Gardens’ wineries settling into their new space

Bartholomew Winery to open before Christmas, Monarcha Wines in February A year after the Port of Kennewick announced that Monarcha Wines and Bartholomew Winery would be tenants in the new Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village on Columbia Drive in Kennewick, both tasting rooms are poised to open soon. “It looks and smells like a winery,…

Company buys 35 acres, plans to build concrete plant in Finley

Pronghorn expects plant to create 30 new jobs A North Dakota-based firm plans to build a concrete and asphalt batch plant in Finley that could create 30 new jobs. Pronghorn LLC recently bought about 35 acres in the Twin Tracks Industrial Park in Finley. The company bought the land, which is vacant and zoned for…

Randy Hayden, from left, executive director of the Port of Pasco; Tim Arntzen, chief executive officer for the Port of Kennewick; and Scott Keller, executive director of the Port of Benton, answer questions posed by audience members during the Nov. 29 Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting. (Courtesy Port of Benton)

Tri-City ports celebrate milestones, focus on what’s ahead for 2018

The Tri-City’s top port officials talked about their agency’s recent accomplishments and goals for the new year at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Ports luncheon. Officials from the ports of Pasco, Benton and Kennewick participated in the Nov. 29 panel discussion moderated by Mike Gonzalez, evening news anchor and news director…

Ron Foraker, from left, former director of the Tri-Cities Airport; Port of Pasco Commissioner Jean Ryckman; Port of Pasco Commissioner Jim Klindworth; Mark Lindholm of Washington River Protection Solutions; and Kris Watkins, president and CEO Visit Tri-Cities, attend a June event to dedicate an interactive information kiosk at the Tri-Cities Airport. A nationwide search for a new CEO for Visit Tri-Cities kicks off this month to replace Watkins, the longtime leader of the tourism agency. (Courtesy Visit Tri-Cities)

Visit Tri-Cities to kick off nationwide search for new CEO

Retiring president hopes successor leads efforts on water taxi system, science tourism A nationwide search kicks off this month to replace the longtime leader of Visit Tri-Cities. Kris Watkins, president and chief executive officer of the agency that promotes the region as a destination for visitors, announced her retirement last month. “It’s very difficult to…

Lamb Weston, 2013 Saint St., Richland

TRIDEC approaches new year with long to-do list

Lobbying for federal funding, supporting entrepreneurs, adding new flights among its goals After celebrating two major projects boosting the region’s employment in 2017 — the extensive Lamb Weston potato processing plant expansion and the opening of the AutoZone distribution center— the Tri-Cities Development Council is looking ahead to 2018. On the economic development agency’s to-do…

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…

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