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Journal of Business’ top web stories in 2017

Our annual list of the most-read stories on the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ website covered a range of topics — from restaurant sales, moves and closures and hotel openings to Trios Health’s financial crisis, float spas and supercars. A story we wrote last year about the opening of Panera Bread and a list of […]

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TRIDEC approaches new year with long to-do list

Lobbying for federal funding, supporting entrepreneurs, adding new flights among its goals After celebrating two major projects boosting the region’s employment in 2017 — the extensive Lamb Weston potato processing plant expansion and the opening of the AutoZone distribution center— the Tri-Cities Development Council is looking ahead to 2018. On the economic development agency’s to-do […]

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Andrew Porter, executive director of the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission, stands at the site of the new mission on Fourth Avenue in downtown Pasco. The $10 million project is expected to be completed in fall 2018 to help serve the Tri-Cities’ growing homeless population.

Tri-City Union Gospel Mission expects to open facility next year

Path to raise $10 million to build new mission is six years in the making Andrew Porter recently walked on the cement around the steel beams at what will become the new Tri-City Union Gospel Mission next year, and tried unsuccessfully to contain his excitement. “It’s becoming more real,” said the executive director of the Pasco-based […]

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Bob Rosselli, left, interim CEO of Columbia Industries, stands with the Kennewick nonprofit’s new CEO, Brian McDermott, who joined the agency on Dec. 4. The 54-year-old agency focuses on helping people with disabilities. (Courtesy Columbia Industries)

Columbia Industries closes year with new vision, new CEO

The past six months have been a flurry of activity at Columbia Industries with the creation of a new vision and hiring a new CEO to execute it. “We’ve spent the past six months reinventing ourselves,” said interim CEO Bob Rosselli, who has volunteered and served three terms, or 18 years, on the nonprofit’s board […]

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An overhaul, expansion and new joint venture to operate the former CRF Frozen Foods plant at 1825 N. Commercial Ave. is in place between J.R. Simplot and CRF’s parent company, R.D. Offutt. A 25,000-square-foot expansion is planned and valued at $2.48 million.

Food plant linked to listeria to reopen under new name

A former Pasco vegetable processing plant will reopen in spring under new ownership and a new name following a shutdown after a listeria outbreak last year. The food processing facility at 1825 N. Commercial Ave. was previously owned by CRF Frozen Foods. An overhaul, expansion and new joint venture to operate it is now in […]

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Pasco scraps fingerprint rule, paving way for Uber

Uber soon will be able to pick up passengers in Pasco after the city council decided Dec. 4 to eliminate fingerprint requirements for drivers. The city’s new rule goes into effect Dec. 15. Ride-share company Uber launched in the Tri-Cities last year but couldn’t pick up passengers in Pasco because it couldn’t operate in a […]

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HoneyBaked Ham and Café will be at 731 N. Columbia Center Blvd. Suite 122, in Kennewick, near Planet Fitness and the Bookworm.

HoneyBaked Ham restaurant, store to open in Kennewick

A HoneyBaked Ham restaurant and retail store known for its smoked, glazed spiral hams will open in the Tri-Cities this month. HoneyBaked Ham and Café will be at 731 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 122, in the Columbia Summit shopping center in Kennewick, across the parking lot from Planet Fitness, The Bookworm and Dutch Bros. […]

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Benton REA issues warning about door-to-door scammers

Benton REA is warning its members and residents of the Tri-Cities to be aware of door-to-door scammers attempting to collect payment on Benton REA electric bills. The electric co-operative received reports that the scammers were asking residents who wanted to pay by check to leave the “pay to” area of the check blank. Benton REA […]

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Fowler General Construction received the ENG (Engineering News-Record) Regional Best Project award for the Northwest region in the K-12 education category for the construction of Desert Hills Middle School in Kennewick.

Richland construction company earns best project award

Fowler General Construction of Richland received the ENR (Engineering News-Record) Regional Best Project award for the Northwest region in the K-12 education category for the construction of Desert Hills Middle School in Kennewick. The annual program is dedicating to honoring the best construction projects and the companies that designed and built them. Entries are judged on […]

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