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3 big food processors choose Pasco, betting on future Tri-City success

You may have noticed that our July issue’s front page, the spot where we put our most compelling news, is dominated by not one but three food processing stories out of Pasco. We normally strive to offer a more diverse mix and try to feature stories from at least two or three of the four…


Banking & Investment Briefs – July 2021

Walmart debuts cash payment platform Walmart is teaming with the PayNearMe mobile payments app to let customers pay utility, rent, car payments and other bills in cash at the same place they shop for groceries and household items. The program, which rolls out in August, will let cash customers show a scannable code on their…


Q&A with Susan M. Horton

President and CEO,  Wheatland Bank Employees you oversee: 151 employees, 8 directors and 440 shareholders. Brief background of your business: Wheatland Bank is a locally-owned, full-service community bank headquartered in Spokane, with 14 branches throughout eastern and central Washington and over 400 local shareholders. Wheatland Bank was founded in Davenport, Washington, by local people 42…


Tourism Briefs – July 2021

New grads can enter airline ticket giveaway Avelo Air, a new airline that serves the Tri-Cities, is giving away 21 sets of roundtrip airline tickets to 2021 graduates of area high schools, colleges, trade and technical schools. July 20 is the deadline to enter the contest. The winners will receive two roundtrip tickets. The competition…

Goose Gap in Benton County is the state’s newest viticultural area. The area takes its name from the saddle or gap of land between Goose Hill and Candy and Badger mountains, which are to the east and southeast. (Courtesy of Darren Zemanek)

Benton County is home to the state’s newest viticultural area

Washington’s 19th American Viticultural Area becomes official on Aug. 2. Goose Gap AVA, which lies within Benton County and two existing AVAs, offers winemakers the opportunity to identify it as the source of their grapes on labels under federal rules. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the newest AVA on July 1.…

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Networking – July 2021

APPOINTMENTS Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Jacqueline Stam to the Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court. She will replace Judge Carrie L. Runge, who is retiring July 30. Stam currently serves as a Benton & Franklin Counties Superior Court commissioner, a position she has held since 2011. In that role, she presides over family law, probate,…

Richland-based Fowler Construction has secured three contracts worth $19 million to build projects at the Hanford site to support the Waste Treatment Plant, where low-level radioactive waste will be transformed into glass for long-term storage. (Courtesy Bechtel National Inc.)

Fowler Construction lands $19M contracts for Hanford site work

Richland-based Fowler General Construction Inc. will build three projects at the Hanford site under a trio of new contracts worth a combined $19 million. Washington River Protection Solutions, which holds the tank operations contract at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site, announced the new contracts on July 6. Two projects totaling $13.5 million are…

WIT Cellars owners share a toast with Gamache Vintners owners after WIT Cellars bought the Gamache family’s winery and tasting room at Vintner’s Village in Prosser for $1 million. The Gamache brand is retiring with the sale. Pictured from left are: Danielle Boyd, Cat Warwick, Flint Nelson, Gina Adams, Paula Gamache, Roger Gamache and Bob Gamache. Cris Gamache is not pictured. (Courtesy WIT Cellars)

WIT Cellars finds new home in Prosser Wine Village

A fast-growing Prosser winery is the latest addition to Vintner’s Village. WIT Cellars, formed in 2016 by three former Kestrel Vintners winemakers, bought the Gamache Vintners four-acre property at 505 Cabernet Court for $1 million in June. WIT owners Flint Nelson, Gina Adams and Cat Warwick were considering building their own winemaking facility and tasting…


Real Estate & Construction Briefs – July 2021

Lumber prices may affect homeowners insurance Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler warns that soaring lumber prices are not just bad news for homebuilders, do-it-yourselfers and others who need lumber. It’s bad for homeowners as well. The increase in construction costs could change the amount of insurance coverage needed for homes. More coverage means higher premiums.…

The Port of Pasco will create a new industrial park off Highway 395 after closing a $4.4 million deal for 55 acres in June. Pasco Industrial Center Highway 395, or PIC395, is ready for development but will remain in agricultural use until a land buyer is identified. (Courtesy The Port of Pasco)

Port of Pasco closes deal for 55 acres

Another Franklin County farm is being plowed under to meet Pasco’s growing appetite for industrial land. The Port of Pasco will establish a new industrial center off Highway 395 after closing a $4.4 million deal  to buy 55 acres from Cox Family Land LLC. The port will operate the property as Pasco Industrial Center Highway…

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