Real Estate & Construction

Marco Solferino’s Kennewick business office on West Tucannon Avenue was in the process of having tenant improvements completed when he filed for bankruptcy. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Assets recovered in homebuilder bankruptcy

There may be a chance for creditors to recover money owed to them by a prominent Tri-City homebuilder who filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, citing $9.2 million in debts. The trustee handling the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case for Marco Solferino recently filed court paperwork stating “assets have been recovered by the trustee” and requested…

Great American Powder Coating and Eco-Blasting

Powder-coating company opens in Pasco

A new powder-coating company capable of handling oversize materials has opened in Pasco. Great American Powder Coating and Eco-Blasting recently opened a 6,000-square-foot facility that boasts an oven 25 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8 feet high at 1620 E. Salt Lake St., Building A. The new business also offers an environmentally-safe, mobile eco-blasting…

Three buildings valued at about $1 million are being constructed at 2670 First St. in north Richland to house two companies that focus on painting and industrial coatings. Paintmaster Services Inc. and Columbia Industrial Coatings will move from West Richland into the new facility by September. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Painting, industrial coating businesses plan move to share Richland buildings

A longtime Tri-City painting company is moving to Richland to build a new home base for two businesses, Paintmaster Services Inc. and Columbia Industrial Coatings. The companies will share three buildings at 2670 First St. in north Richland, off Kingsgate Way and north of Horn Rapids Golf Course. The buildings will include an office, shop…

Wildhorse Resort and Casino

$85M expansion set for Wildhorse Resort and Casino

An $85 million construction project at Wildhorse Resort and Casino near Pendleton will add a new 24-lane bowling alley, food court and larger arcade. Work began last month on the first phase of the project that includes the expansion of the Children’s Entertainment Center, a family-friendly wing filled with video games, jungle gym and karaoke,…

At Home

At Home décor superstore to open in Kennewick

A $2.6 million remodel to make way for a new home décor store is underway inside the vacant Shopko store in Kennewick. The Texas-based retailer At Home is poised to open its third Washington store in late fall, after recently opening stores in Spokane and Puyallup. The At Home store in Puyallup opened in January…

DermaCare

DermaCare, DermaHealth building $6.1M clinic

A Richland dermatologist is constructing a $6.1 million building alongside his current practice on Fowler Street. Dr. Sidney Smith practices at DermaCare of Tri-Cities and DermaHealth Dermatology & Dermasurgery at 1305 Fowler St., a clinic visible from Highway 240. Construction is underway at the empty lot next door at 1295 Fowler St. A permit issued…

Lamb Weston

French fries fuel $250M expansion

As the famous brassy trumpets from the “Rocky” movie pumped out of the speakers, Lamb Weston officials cut a ribbon to celebrate the opening of their new Hermiston plant. Like boxer Rocky Balboa, they’ve been training and focusing on their prize: a $250 million 300,000-square-foot expansion. The addition of the new french fry processing line…

Community Health Plan of Washington opens Pasco office

Community Health Plan of Washington has opened an office in Pasco. The not-for-profit managed care plan’s Pasco office will provide area residents with a place to seek help finding answers to pressing Medicare and Medicaid questions. The agency celebrated the grand opening of its Greater Columbia regional office May 31 in Pasco. The office is…

Jordan Chavallo stands with his father Jose on their home’s deck overlooking Kennewick’s Vista Field in the distance. The Chavallo family’s business, New Environment Corp., plans to build luxury apartments on 8.25 acres adjacent adjacent to Vista Field, where construction is underway to turn the former airfield into a pedestrian-focused urban center.

High-end living near Vista Field on the way

Developers planning luxury apartments with an ‘edge’ Longtime Tri-City commercial developers are planning their most ambitious project to date: a luxury apartment complex on 8.25 acres adjacent to Vista Field, across from Lawrence Scott Park in Kennewick. Although the project is in its very early stages — the Chavallo family currently is looking for an…

Finding skilled workers for construction job sites continues to be a challenge across the industry, as many building projects are underway across the Tri-Cities, including Pasco’s Elite Construction & Dev.’s work on a new multi-level building for Chicago Title Co. of Washington at 8009 W. Tucannon Ave. in Kennewick. (Courtesy Elite Construction & Development)

Construction companies face shortage of skilled workers

Tri-City construction companies must try harder than ever to recruit skilled workers. Amos Construction recently stationed an employee holding a “now hiring” sign on a busy street in Kennewick. “I’ve run radio ads, placed ads on Craigslist in three cities, done the signage, done logos, I’ve Facebook advertised, and I still can’t find enough employees,”…

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