Articles by Mary Coffman

Mary Coffman has been a reporter for more than two decades, winning numerous journalism awards throughout her career. She was the editor at Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business for 8 years.
Scott Keller

An office with a view

Like jobs, not all work spaces are created equal. Some offices are bland, boring and bound to stifle creativity. Some companies, like Google and Facebook, create lively, bright, exciting open work spaces with couches, comfy oversized chairs and modern furniture. They offer employees options on where and how they want to spend their work day…

Hot off the press

Chat with Tim Arntzen, Port of Kennewick CEO

It’s been two and a half years since an airplane taxied down a runway at Vista Field in Kennewick. Kennewick residents haven’t seen much activity at the airfield since it closed Dec. 31, 2013. That’s not because the Port of Kennewick isn’t working on the project to redevelop the area, however. It’s just that most…

Kennewick attorney Fran Forgette presented Columbia Center manager Barbara Johnson with the 2016 Tri-Citian of the Year award during the annual Tri-Citian of the Year banquet in April at the Three Rivers Convention Center. Johnson is the 47th person to receive the honor.

Columbia Center manager named 2016 Tri-Citian of the Year

For nearly three decades, Barbara Johnson, the manager of Columbia Center mall, has been giving back to the Tri-Cities. And on April 21, Johnson received a huge thank you from the community when she was named the 2016 Tri-Citian of the Year during the annual banquet at the Three Rivers Convention Center. Johnson was nominated…

WSU groundbreaking on student union building

Construction to begin on new student union building at WSU Tri-Cities

Washington State University Tri-Cities had an official groundbreaking on its new student union building in early May. The Washington State University Board of Regents unanimously approved the schematic design for the $5.7 million, 6,250-sq.-ft. building in March. The new building will be adjacent to the Consolidated Information Center at WSU Tri-Cities. Construction will begin this…

PNNL collaboration center

Fowler General Construction and Portland architect land PNNL construction contract

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has awarded Fowler General Construction Inc. of Richland and TVA Architects Inc. of Portland a $9.8 million contract to design, build and furnish its new 24,000-sq.-ft. Collaboration Center in north Richland. The new facility will be at the intersection of Horn Rapids Road and Innovation Boulevard on the north end of…

Lamb Weston

Lamb Weston to expand operations in Boardman

Lamb Weston is investing $30 million to expand its Boardman, Ore. facility to add additional processing capacity for making its formed potato products, like hash brown patties and potato puffs. The addition of the new line will add about 50 jobs to the company’s existing facility. The company is seeing an increase in demand for…

Commercial Real Estate

Windermere Group One opens Kennewick office

Steady growth in the Tri-Cities real estate market is allowing Windermere Group One to open a Kennewick office in the Southridge area. The new office at 3617 Plaza Way Ste. A in Kennewick is taking the space that was formerly occupied by Smasne Cellars. Dee Boyle, Windermere Group One’s marketing director, said the 2,300-sq.-ft. space…

Grandparents' rights

Grandparents gathering signatures for initiative to grant visitation rights

For a couple of hours each day, Christine Nichols stands outside of Lowe’s, telling anyone who will listen her story and asking them to sign the petition she is holding. Nichols, of Richland, is with GROW, or Grandparents’ Rights of Washington State, a group that trying to gather 250,000 signatures to qualify Initiative 1431 for…

Extra Extra

PBS Engineering and Environmental acquires HDJ Design Group

PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. has purchased the Portland-based consulting firm HDJ Design Group. PBS, which is also headquartered in Portland, has had a presence in the Tri-Cities since 1998 and the firm has a dozen employees in its Richland Office. HDJ Design Group has offices in Walla Walla and Pasco. HDJ’s Walla Walla office…

2016 Tri-City Regional Chamber Board President Marty Conger posed for this photo with Sen. Patty Murray at the Chamber’s 10th Anniversary, annual meeting and awards luncheon in March at the Three Rivers Convention Center. Photo courtesy of Tri-City Regional Chamber.

Tri-City Regional Chamber marks 10th Anniversary with awards luncheon

Since its inception in 2006, the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce has had 10 board chairmen — a new one elected each year. And every one of those board chairmen, even those who don’t live in the Tri-Cities anymore, attended and spoke at the Chamber’s March Networking luncheon at the Three Rivers Convention Center. Nearly…

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