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John Landefeld, executive vice president and managing director, Bruker Inc., holds a device that provides instant analysis of the elemental content of whatever it is pointed at: machine parts, scrap metal, marine oil, consumer products, soils, archaeological material and even fine art. Bruker is closing its Kennewick business as part of a global reorganization, and Landefeld hopes to help his staff find jobs elsewhere. (Courtesy Bruker Inc.)

Work wanted: Tech manager seeks jobs for staff as company reorganizes

A profitable Kennewick technology business is being closed by its parent as part of a global reorganization blamed on the...

Labor & Employment Briefs – November 2021

L&I proposes 6% hike for contractor fees The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is considering raising the fee...

Supply chain, labor shortage pose big challenges for state manufacturers

More than a year-and-a-half into the pandemic, it’s clear that Washington manufacturers are contending with two issues that appear likely...

Starting a side business? Forming LLC could be a good first step

“Corporation, n., an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.”–Ambrose Bierce, the Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary.   Regrettably, Limited...

Q&A with Jason Mercier

Washington Policy Center Government Reform Director Jason Mercier What is the Washington Policy Center? Washington Policy Center (WPC) is an...

Tri-City retailers are hiring even as holiday shopping heads online

Tri-City retailers are staffing up for the holiday shopping season even as customers head online because of the pandemic. U.S....

Small manufacturing firms, jobs continue to drive state’s economy

Local manufacturing businesses and jobs have experienced a resurgence in recent years that needs to continue for our state’s livelihood...

To keep key executives, it pays to pay

One goal for employers is to hire and then incentivize the brightest talent available to remain with the employer and...

Expanding preschool enrollment is critical and Head Start can help

The Covid-19 pandemic has shed light on the many holes in America’s social safety net — workers in fields deemed...

Local workers are keeping American Dream alive on Main Street

I have often said that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and that could not be truer in...

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