WHECO Corp. recently opened in Pasco, adding a second Tri-City location to its list of nationwide and international facilities for machinery repair. Its corporate headquarters are in Richland. (Courtesy WHECO Corp.)

Crane repair company expands
Tri-City footprint

A 51-year-old crane repair company recently opened its second location in the Tri-Cities. WHECO Corp. started out as a parts...

Tri-City manufacturing sector has a distinct flavor

Manufacturing in the two counties didn’t shine during the pandemic. According to recent work the Institute undertook for the Port...

Q&A with Lance Stephens

Lance Stephens Richland site manager VP North American fuel manufacturing Framatome Lance Stephens Number of employees you oversee: 550 Brief...
The number of employees in manufacturing roles increased about 0.3% year over year. While this is an upward trend, manufacturing employment has not recovered to pre-pandemic levels, estimated at 8,200 jobs in the industry. (Courtesy Pasco Machine)

Area manufacturing jobs rebound but not to pre-pandemic levels

The state predicts the number of manufacturing jobs will drop in the next decade, yet industry groups intend to do...
Richland-based Isoray Inc., which makes Cesium-131 pellets to treat prostate cancer, has raised more than $50 million in supplemental stock offerings as it looks to expand to treat brain, head and neck, skin and other cancers. (Courtesy Isoray)

Isoray raises $50M to expand Cesium-131 cancer treatments

Lori Woods Isoray Inc., the Richland company that makes radioactive seeds to treat prostate cancer, has...
A variety of epoxy finishes take center stage in Leggari Products’ Pasco warehouse. “We wanted it to have the look and feel of an art gallery because every kit installed is a unique representation of the installer,” said Tylor Svangren, co-founder. (Courtesy Leggari Products)

Leggari Products builds DIY juggernaut fueled by the power of social media

Tim Krumland With up to 100 orders leaving their Big Pasco warehouse daily, record revenue last...
Fabrication and welding are among the many services offered at Pasco Machine’s 20,000-square-foot facility at 518 W. Columbia St. in downtown Pasco. (Courtesy Pasco Machine)

Pasco Machine prepares next-generation workforce for next 100 years

Jason Story, owner of Pasco Machine, stands underneath his machine shop’s current sign while holding a...

Manufacturing in the greater
Tri-Cities is solid but hardly diversified

Unique among nearly all Eastern Washington population centers, the greater Tri-City manufacturing sector doesn’t land in the top five sectors....

Manufacturing, technology sectors provide solid foundation beyond pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has shown us how easy it is to take things for granted. Family barbecues, baseball games and...

Q&A with Mark Schuster

VP Global Manufacturing, Lamb Weston Mark Schuster Employees you oversee: 5,000 What is your current role? How long have you...

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