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Members of the wine grape industry taste during a seminar at the annual grape growers convention. The Washington Winegrowers Association provides a local economic impact of $875,000, according to Visit Tri-Cities. (Courtesy Washington Winegrowers Association)

Washington grape growers inject $875,000 into economy at annual convention

By Andy Perdue This month, wine grape growers from across the state and throughout the Northwest descended on the Tri-Cities for the Washington Winegrowers Association’s annual convention and trade show Feb. 11-14. About 2,000 members of the wine industry were expected at the Three Rivers Convention Center and Toyota Center to attend seminars, learn about…

An architectural rendering of the Gesa branch at 4824 Broadmoor Blvd. off Road 100 in Pasco. It is expected to open this summer. (Courtesy Gesa)

Gesa to open new Pasco branch, improve Richland headquarters

Road 100 branch to feature 7,000 square feet; $645,000 in improvements planned at headquarters Gesa Credit Union will open its 18th branch this summer in Pasco. Construction on the $2 million project already has begun on the two-acre plot of land at 4824 Broadmoor Blvd. Kennewick-based Banlin Construction is the general contractor for the project.…

Graph of Washington high quality land

Report: State’s farmland value dips over previous year

Farmers National Co. says larger acreage is scarce The average cost-per-acre of Washington farmland dipped slightly this year compared to last year, according to a recent land values report from Farmers National Co. The employee-owned, Omaha-based company is an ag landowner services company managing more than 5,000 farms and ranches in 28 states comprising more…

A Richland business owner is constructing a building for new tenants at 1953 Fowler St. in Richland. The project is visible from Highway 240 on the westernmost edge of Columbia Park, just east of Cost Less Carpet and Smart Foodservice.

Commercial building underway near Columbia Park

Ford Group to invest $3.6M on commercial building for up to 7 tenants A small project grew to 10 times its original size when the Ford Group decided to put a 34,000-square-foot building on nearly two acres of open land in Richland. “We just wanted a place to store our boat,” said Greg Ford, owner…

MH Construction’s new owner Alex Linde walks through a construction site outside the company’s new office at 106010 E. Wiser Parkway. Linde bought the 9-year-old company from Mike Holstein on Jan. 1 as part of a succession plan that was three years in the making.

Kennewick commercial construction company changes hands

 MH Construction’s new owner isn’t new to company The new owner of a Kennewick construction company is as comfortable working over a profit and loss statement as he is behind the controls of a mini excavator. It’s one of the reasons Alex Linde bought the nine-year-old MH Construction company Jan. 1. Linde, 40, worked for…

The Basin Pacific Insurance and Benefits team stand behind the front desk at its new location at 6917 W. Grandridge Blvd., Unit 1, in Kennewick. The Kennewick branch of the Moses Lake-based company originally opened in 2010.

Kennewick insurance company moves into bigger office

Basin Pacific Insurance and Benefits’ new building has space for lease Customers of the local Basin Pacific Insurance and Benefits branch won’t find the business at its old location on Gage Boulevard in Kennewick. The company has moved to a new, bigger location at 6917 W. Grandridge Blvd., Unit 1, along one of the major…

A $64.2 million contract was awarded in January to design and construct a new energy sciences facility on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory campus in Richland. Work in the facility will include research that leads to improved catalysts. In this photo, PNNL researchers explore new forms of industrial catalysts used to manufacture raw materials for agriculture and energy production. (Courtesy Andrea Starr of PNNL)

PNNL awards $64.2M contract for new research building

Project will use local suppliers, contractors; facility will be between 110,000 to 145,000 square feet A $64.2 million contract has been awarded to a Houston-based partnership to design and build a new energy sciences building at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. Construction could start later this year or in early 2020 on the building…

Q&A with Kimberly L. Harper

Columbia Basin College’s 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award winner Company/business/agency: U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science – Pacific Northwest Site Office/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (DOE-SC/PNNL) Tell us about your team:  PNSO is a small staff of 30-plus people. I work with a team of five scientists and engineers.  Brief background about your…


Manufacturing jobs on the rise in Benton, Franklin counties

Regional manufacturing jobs to grow 1.84 percent this year Manufacturing jobs in Benton and Franklin counties are expected to grow at a faster rate than the state average as food manufacturing rebounds in 2019. Locally, there are more than 8,100 manufacturing jobs, which accounts for about 7 percent of total nonfarm employment in 2018, according…

Ken Williams stands inside his new 28,000-square-foot Plastic Injection Molding manufacturing plant at 2695 Battelle Blvd. in north Richland. The new plant will allow the company to bring new capabilities, including new robotics technology.

Richland company adds new manufacturing plant, robotic automation

Plastic Injection Molding expansion allows for improved capacity, speed A north Richland company is poised for growth with the addition of a new 28,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in the back of its existing building that includes a 4,000-square-foot mezzanine. Plastic Injection Molding Inc. manufactures filter body parts for agricultural irrigation, special parts for medical diagnostic equipment,…

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