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Business Updates – May 2022

NEW Peacock Coffee Roasting Co., 707 The Parkway, Richland. A zero emissions sustainable coffee roaster offering gourmet coffee and cocoa, iced drinks and pastries. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Contact: 509-940-0014;; Facebook; Instagram. NEW LOCATION Taco Super Uno, 2417 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. Locally-owned, independent taco restaurant serving authentic Mexican recipes with…


Columbia Industries names new CEO, president

One of the Tri-Cities’ biggest cheerleaders is going to lead a Kennewick-based nonprofit focused on empowering and supporting people with disabilities. Michael Novakovich is leaving his post as the head of Visit Tri-Cities to join Columbia Industries as its new CEO and president. CI announced the news May 9. “Michael is a recognized community leader…


Business Briefs – April 2022

Lamb Weston declares dividend Eagle, Idaho-based Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. will pay a 24.5 cent dividend to shareholders on June 3. The board of the frozen potato giant announced the dividend March 24 in advance of the April 7 release of its latest quarterly results on April 8. Lamb Weston has significant production, research, testing…


HPMC, owners agree to $3M settlement over Covid-19 loan fraud

HPM Corporation, the occupational health services contractor to the Hanford site, and its owners, Grover Cleveland Mooers and Hollie Mooers, will pay $2.94 million in restitution and penalties to resolve civil and criminal liabilities associated with allegations they defrauded the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Vanessa Waldref, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Washington,…


Hanford begins transition into full operations mode

Our annual section on the work being done to clean up the Hanford nuclear reservation north of Richland provides updates from the main contractors engineering and doing the work and the regulators tasked with making sure it gets done safely. We also have stories on the massive budget required to clean up the site, a…


Diversity Briefs – April 2022

Murray earmarks $3M for MLK Center in Pasco Pasco’s Martin Luther King Jr. Center will get a major facelift after securing $3 million in a federal appropriations bill signed into law in March. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, directed $116.4 million to local projects across the state. Some of the other appropriations to Eastern Washington…


Q&A with Naima Chambers-Smith

Naima Chambers-Smith CEO Tri-Cities Diversity & Inclusion Council Number of employees you oversee: We have less than five paid employees. However, we have approximately 30 members of the council and over 130 volunteers in the last year alone. Brief background of your businessor organization: Tri-Cities Diversity & Inclusion Council (TCD&IC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community…

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Networking – April 2022

NEW HIRES The East Benton County Museum in Kennewick has hired Cathryn Tames as its new executive director/administrator. Tames, the former executive director of the Children’s Development Center in Richland, brings more than 35 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Christy Watts, the former executive director, has retired. • Michael D. Gallagher has joined…


Real Estate & Construction Briefs – April 2022

Report: Share of millennial homebuyers continues to rise The share of millennial homebuyers nationwide increased significantly over the past year. This group also is the most likely generation to use the internet to find the home they ultimately purchase and most likely to use a real estate agent. This is according to the latest study…

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Bankruptcies – April 2022

Bankruptcies are filed under the following chapter headings:Chapter 7 — Straight Bankruptcy: debtor gives up non-exempt property and debt is discharged.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 by the individual to…

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