April 2016

On April 1 Gov. Jay Inslee signed SB 6100 establishing an Economic Gardening Program in the Department of Commerce. Pictured from left; Jake Mayson, session aide for Sen. Sharon Brown; Austin Neilson, Tri-City Regional Chamber government & economic affairs director; Gov. Jay Inslee; and Lori Mattson, Tri-City Regional Chamber president and CEO. Photo courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.  Relating to establishing an economic gardening pilot program.

Inslee signs bill creating Economic Gardening program statewide

By John Stang for TCAJOB For years, Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, has tried to get legislation passed to help established mid-sized businesses grow. She believes growing existing mid-sized businesses is a better way to create jobs than providing tax exemptions to lure new businesses — something she views as a hit-and-miss gamble when it comes…

Ye Olde Care Club

Car parts, repair tips and tall tales all exchanged at auto swap meet

Whether your tastes run to 1920s rusty rattlers, 1950s-style flashy hotrods or those classics in between, you’ll find them all at Ye Olde Car Club of Tri-Cities’ annual Swap Meet on May 7. [blockquote quote=”The swap meet attracts basically anyone with a very strong interest in cars, whether they’re hobby type, classic antiques or collectibles.”…

LIGO Hanford

Apollo teams with LIGO to upgrade technology that proves Einstein right

On Sept. 14, 2015, Scientists at Hanford’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) proved that Einstein was correct. The scientists detected gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of space and time. “That was one of the geniuses of Einstein,” said Mike Landry, LIGO detection lead scientist. “He proposed that space could have these properties—that the medium of…


Kennewick’s KAIZENSPEED helps gearheads achieve peak performance

In a race to become a premium performance brand in Northwest, KAIZENSPEED of Kennewick manufactures top-of-the-line auto parts, all in the name of speed. Owner Reid Lunde plans to have the human and technological resources to influence the industry and meet the finish line by 2023. [blockquote quote=”Over the years, we’ve found things that work…


TRIDEC seeks growth of food manufacturing trade show

The Tri-City Development Council, or TRIDEC, is getting ready to stage its second FABREO Expo and is making some changes to create a more trade-friendly event. In fact, this year FABREO, June 15-16 at TRAC in Pasco, will be a trade-only event. The inaugural event in 2015 featured a public wine- and food-tasting portion. “We…

Using Atom Probe Tomography, researchers are able to create an "atomic map" of the arrangement of various atoms in this titanium alloy.

Titanium alloy could improve fuel economy and reduce emissions

By PNNL staff for TCAJOB An improved titanium alloy — stronger than any commercial titanium alloy currently on the market — gets its strength from the novel way atoms are arranged to form a special nanostructure. For the first time, researchers have been able to see this alignment and then manipulate it to make the…

Tri-Cities Airport

Tri-Cities Airport remodeling on schedule; TSA drops PreCheck lane

Flying in and out of the Tri-Cities Airport is a bit more complicated than it was two years ago, but already passengers can see and experience the upgrades. [blockquote quote=”The remodeling is on schedule, on budget and moving along very well.” source=”David Robison, Strategic Construction Management” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] There’s a bright, new concourse where travelers…

McCurley Integrity Subaru

McCurley Integrity Subaru completes new dealership

The new McCurley Integrity Subaru dealership at 9620 Sandifur Parkway in Pasco will open in May. Real Centric Solutions was the general contractor on the two-story, facility that includes a 21,000-sq.-ft. service area and an 11,000-sq.-ft. showroom on the main floor. The project manager was Linda Farmer of Real Centric Solutions and the project was…

Markel Properties

Markel Properties finishes buildings on Swift Blvd.

By the end of April, the new Dupus Boomers will open at 502 Swift Blvd., at the corner of George Washington Way and Swift Avenue. Greg Markel, owner of Washington Securities and Markel Properties, his wife, Carla, and son, Shane Markel, have been renovating the 500 block of Swift Boulevard between Jadwin Avenue and George…

Century 21 Tri-Cities

Century 21 completes new building

Vicki Monteagudo’s new Century 21 building is now complete at 89 Gage Blvd. in Richland. The new office will open April 18. Construction on the new two-story, 8,800-sq.-ft. building began last fall and Fowler Construction was the general contractor on the project. The building was designed by Josh Hissong, Armando Hurtado and Dave Buescher of…

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