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Public comment sought on proposed Frontier sale

Wave Division Capital to buy company’s Washington operations for $1.4 billion Frontier Communications customers may submit comments to state regulators on the proposed sale of the company. The company announced in May 2019 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its operations and all associated assets in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana…

Blanche Barajas and Saul Martinez

Tri-Cities begin new decade with two new mayors, one incumbent

Pasco and Richland are beginning the new decade with new mayors, while Kennewick opted to retain its veteran. The three city councils each voted for a new mayor and mayor pro tem at their first meetings in January. The three cities have a council-manager form of government. The councils elect mayors to serve two-year terms…

Columbia Industries buys Idaho delivery business

Columbia Industries has added another business to its portfolio of profit-making enterprises to support its mission to serve hundreds of Tri-Citians with disabilities.  The Kennewick nonprofit announced it purchased Harmon Express, a Lewiston, Idaho-based FedEx Ground independent provider. The deal closed on Nov. 10. Terms were not disclosed.  Harmon Express is now rebranded as CI Express Inc. and services delivery routes in Pullman, Moscow,…

TRIDEC expected to name new CEO in January

The Tri-City Development Council is expected to name a chief executive officer to succeed its longtime leader Carl Adrian by the end of January.  The TRIDEC search committee interviewed five candidates and narrowed the field to two finalists by early January.  It was expected to make a final decision on Jan. 9, after the deadline for this edition of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business. The online version of this story…

Lamb Weston Potatos

Lamb Weston raises dividends, suggests an expansion is coming

Lamb Weston Inc., the Northwest potato giant with a substantial Mid-Columbia footprint, reported significant revenue growth in a quarterly report released in early January.  It also suggested it could be on the cusp of announcing a new production facility.   Eagle, Idaho-based Lamb Weston (NYSE: LW) reported net income of $140.4 million on more than $1 billion in revenue in the second quarter of its 2020 fiscal year, which…

Learning by Design magazine presented an outstanding project award to Gib Olinger Elementary School in Milton-Freewater. The Oregon school was designed by Spokane-based Architects West, working with design consultant Opsis Architecture of Portland. Courtesy Architects West.

Milton-Freewater school receives design award

A Milton-Freewater elementary school recently earned an outstanding project award from Learning by Design magazine. Architects West, with offices in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane, designed the first all-new school facility constructed in the Oregon city since 1923. Architects West worked with design consultant Opsis Architecture of Portland on the project. The $20 million Gib Olinger…

Richland denied $29M grant for new Aaron Drive bridge

Richland will continue to seek new funding sources after it was denied a federal grant to build a bridge at Aaron Drive to relieve bottlenecks created at the intersection of the bypass highway and Interstate 182. The city had hoped to secure a $29 million grant for a flyover, or overpass, at the site that…

The vacant restaurant space at the left of the building at 2673 Queensgate Drive in Richland will be home to Chipotle Mexican Grill after a $561,000 remodeling project. Photo by Kristina Lord.

Chipotle adding Queensgate location

Chipotle Mexican Grill is taking over the former Qdoba Mexican Eats spot at Vintner Plaza in Richland’s Queensgate neighborhood.  Alegis Construction Inc. is remodeling the space for the new tenant. The project is valued at $561,000, according to the permit issued by the city of Richland.  The restaurant will be at 2673 Queensgate Drive.  It will join the chain’s original Tri-City spot at 1102…


Meet the 2020 Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Famers

The Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Pasco will induct seven longtime farmers and advocates for agriculture into the 2020 Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame at the 20th annual dinner and installation gala on Jan. 16 at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center. The Ag Hall of Fame honors farmers, families…

Dee Pridemore, left, of Vivid Imaginations is the new owner of the Tri-City Family Expo, which is Jan. 24-25 at the HAPO Center in Pasco. Also pictured are Alice Michalisyzn, center, and Big Top the Clown. Courtesy Dee Pridemore.

Tri-City Family expo has a new owner, new mission

Dee Pridemore, owner of Vivid Imaginations Face Painting, is the new owner of Tri-City Family Expo. Pridemore launched her first business to support her family after becoming a single mother. Vivid now has several employees and is a staple at local events, including the Family Expo. She took the expo over after speaking with the…

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