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MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, a Seattle-based heating, ventilation and air conditioning or mechanical services company, plans to base its Eastern Washington operations in Kennewick. It anticipates an early fall opening. (Courtesy MacDonald-Miller)

Seattle-based HVAC contractor expanding to Kennewick

MacDonald-Miller to open its Eastern Washington headquarters in fall after moving Moses Lake office A Seattle-based mechanical contractor is looking to expand its Tri-City customer base by opening a shop where customers can fulfill commercial needs for heating, ventilation and air conditioning as well as other mechanical services. MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions has plans to open…

(Courtesy Kennewick Parks and Recreation)

Kennewick playground, golf course clubhouse reopen

Two popular spots in Kennewick’s Columbia Park reopen June 15 – just in time for summer. A dedication ceremony is at 11 a.m. for the Toyota of Tri-Cities Playground of Dreams and at noon for the Columbia River Landing building at the newly renamed Columbia Park Golf Tri-Plex. The celebration includes live music, prizes, demonstrations…

The owner of the growing Roasters Coffee business wants to build a 
coffee shop at 590 W. Gage Blvd. in Richland, a property once home to a Circle K gas station and mini-mart. It’s part of owner Wes Heyden’s plan to open 25 total shops by 2023, including in Spokane and Yakima.

Roasters Coffee eyes busy Richland corner

Former Circle K site at Leslie, Gage being cleaned to prep for sale The owner of Roasters Coffee wants to build a drive-thru coffee stand at the busy corner of Leslie Road and West Gage Boulevard by spring 2020, as part of his long-range goal to open 25 shops by 2023. Formerly the site of…

Kathy Miller, from left, managing director; Patty Bailey, director of project operations; and Bill Bailey, director of engineering and technical programs, are part owners of Polestar Technical Services. (Courtesy CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co.)

Polestar selected for mentor-protégé program

U.S. Department of Energy contractor CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. has partnered with Richland-based Polestar Technical Services to further clean up the Central Plateau and along the Columbia River. DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization recently approved a mentor-protégé agreement between CHPRC and Polestar, a small woman-owned business. To help provide a level…

Washington may be in tight spot at next downturn

By Kris Johnson The 2019 legislative session was a busy one by any measure, with unprecedented challenges for Washington employers, and it led to dramatic growth in the state budget. One of the bright spots was watching thousands of hairstylists and salon owners rally in Olympia like never before to tell lawmakers how proposals aimed…

The Hermiston Lamb Weston processing facility is in the process of adding an additional french fry line, which will increase production to more than 700 pounds of frozen potato products, from fries to hash browns. (Courtesy Courtesy Lamb Weston)

Fertile ag area fuels food processing industry

By Arielle Dreher The Columbia Basin’s rich agricultural resources are well known at local dining room tables and restaurants. The confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers in the region, good soil for growing crops and a long growing season provide not just food resources but also fuel economic growth, jobs and sustainability for…

(Courtesy Lamb Weston)

Tri-Cities has hold on NW industry hub

By Mark Fountain Today, many people do not know where their food comes from. But Tri-City residents can just look down the road and see some of the country’s largest food and beverage manufacturing facilities. The Pasco-Kennewick-Richland area and its surrounding counties are a major hub of food processing. Local companies make products including french…

Representatives from Washington State University's Viticulture and Enology program visit with attendees at the 2015 inaugural FABREO Expo.

FABREO expo on a hiatus for a revamp

After a four-year run, the Tri-City Development Council won’t be putting on its annual FABREO conference this year. The Food and Beverage Retention & Expansion Opportunities program, which began in 2015, was held annually to bring food and beverage processors together with industry brokers, distributors, retailers, exporters and service providers from throughout the Northwest. “We…

D. Patrick Jones

Agricultural processing seeing rapid growth

By D. Patrick Jones Manufacturing in the greater Tri-Cities is synonymous with agricultural processing. Out of the nearly 7,900 manufacturing workers in the two counties in 2017, more than 70 percent commuted daily to an agricultural processing facility. Unlike other Eastern Washington metro areas, manufacturing doesn’t rank in the top five by the number of…


Herbal love can go beyond the stockpot

By Marilou Shea What’s green and typically soft, smells good and blankets you, your plate or room with swoon-worthy fragrance? Herbs. I love herbs! Can’t get enough of them. Mostly because they’re often pretty, smell good and have lots of variety. Sounds like a good first date, right? And what appeals to the logical part…

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