Business Briefs

Business Briefs — June 2017

Lamb Weston building $3.4 million warehouse in Pasco Lamb Weston broke ground recently on a $3.4 million storage warehouse in Pasco as it nears completion of a new $200 million French fry expansion in Richland. The new 49,500-square-foot building will be located at 5410 N. Commercial Ave. in Pasco near the King City truck stop. […]

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Networking — June 2017

SCORE volunteer helps launch 140 businesses  SCORE volunteer P. Simon Mahler helped launch 140 businesses that employed more than 1,700 people in 2016, according to an annual report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mahler created a 30-day virtual incubator program for those looking to launch a business. SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs since 1964 […]

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Cherry harvest

Statewide cherry production up 31 percent 

Washington sweet cherry farmers reported a good crop this year thanks to a moderate spring with warm temperatures. The state’s sweet cherry production is forecast at 255,000 tons of sweet cherries this year, compared to 195,000 tons last year, or a 31 percent increase, according to recent data released by National Agricultural Statistics Service. In […]

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Rue21 closing Richland store.

Richland’s Rue21 store set to close at end of June

The Richland Rue21 store at 2741 Queensgate Drive across the parking lot from Target near McDonald’s is scheduled to close June 25. The store is among 400 underperforming stores in the Pittsburgh-based company’s 1,179 store fleet. The closures aim to help the company streamline operations, better align the size of its footprint with market realities […]

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The U.S. Justice Department filed the lawsuit against Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing LLC on Nov. 14, 2016.

Pasco immigration discrimination lawsuit settled

The federal government recently reached a settlement agreement in a discrimination lawsuit with Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing LLC, which operate a Pasco fruit and vegetable processing facility. The U.S. Justice Department filed the lawsuit against the companies on Nov. 14, 2016, alleging that from at least Nov. 1, 2013, until at least Oct. […]

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Pasco man gets prison sentence for fraud

A Pasco businessman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for defrauding the government out of millions of dollars in tax credits. Scott Johnson, 43, of Pasco, was sentenced after having previously pled guilty on Nov. 24, 2015, to conspiracy to defraud the government and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Salvador […]

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture recently dedicated a new 4,800-square-foot greenhouse at Washington State University’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser. It replaces a smaller, traditional WSU-owned greenhouse that had minimal temperature control and was used by WSDA staff for decades. (Courtesy WSDA)

New Prosser greenhouse allows scientists to better protect fruit trees

$750,000 facility took two years to build, replaces smaller greenhouse A new $750,000 greenhouse to support the state’s tree fruit industry recently opened in Prosser. Construction of the greenhouse and installation of specialized equipment took more than two years to complete. Money to pay for the greenhouse came through assessments on nurseries that sell Washington-grown […]

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Bankruptcies — June 2017

Bankruptcies are filed under the following chapter headings: Chapter 7 — Straight Bankruptcy: debtor gives up non-exempt property and debt is charged. Chapter 11 — Allows companies and individuals to restructure debts to repay them. Chapter 12 — Allows family farmers to restructure finances to avoid liquidation for foreclosure. Chapter 13 — Plan is devised […]

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Top Properties

Top Properties — June 2017

FRANKLIN COUNTY Undisclosed location, 129.7 acres of agricultural land. Price: $1,100,000. Buyer: Philip and Stephanie Bauman. Seller: Robert and Audrey Howard. 11612 Seahawk Court, Pasco, 1 lot of residential land. Price: $569,000. Buyer: Jemima Crosby. Seller: Rogue Builders. 11401 Easton Drive, Pasco, 2,955-square-foot, single-family home. Price: $477,000. Buyer: Randy and Mary Hullinger. Seller: Riverwood Homes. […]

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Building Permits

Building Permits — June 2017

BENTON COUNTY USCOC of Richland, 73415 N Crosby Road, $18,000 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: SAC Wireless. USCOC of Richland, Wye Barricade Route 4 S., $17,800 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: SAC Wireless. USCOC of Richland, 165755 S. 812 PR SE, $80,000 for an antenna/tower. Contractor: SAC Wireless. USCOC of Richland, 200 E. Hanford Reservation, $17,800 for […]

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