July 2016

LoAnn Ayers, new United Way president and CEO, is also a proud Washington State University alumni and United Way volunteer.

Campaign launch underway—full speed ahead for new United Way president

Having just completed work on a five-year, $2.6 million grant for Washington State University in June, LoAnn Ayers started as president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties July 1, succeeding Beverly Weber upon her retirement. [blockquote quote=”It’s all in an effort to help connect people to needed resources…

IsoRay Medical develops and manufactures Cesium-131 brachytherapy seeds for use in medical treatments of many different cancers. The company was considering relocating to Arizona when the Port of Benton stepped in and helped it purchase 4.2 acres to build a new facility in Richland. Rendering courtesy of ALD Architects.

Port keeps IsoRay from relocating, creates new jobs

By Jeff Morrow for TCAJoB IsoRay Medical is staying in the Tri-Cities after all. Initially spun off by scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 1998, IsoRay and its board began looking for opportunities to expand its facilities and possibly relocate away from the Tri-Cities, where it was founded. But in stepped the Port of…

Catholic Charities Housing Services is expected to start construction on a $11.7 million senior housing project in Prosser September 1. Rendering courtesy of ZBA Architects.

Catholic Charities to break ground on Prosser senior housing project

By Jeff Morrow for TCAJoB If you’re not looking for it, you don’t see it. But Bryan Ketcham, director of Catholic Charities Housing Services (CCHS) out of the Diocese of Yakima, sees the homelessness and crowded living conditions people endure up and down the Yakima Valley. And that’s why he’s excited about the newest CCHS…

Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo

Benton-Franklin Fair aims to give attendees “Best Week of Summer”

By Jeff Morrow for TCAJoB Lori Lancaster has a unique way of looking at the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo. “We work all year for these five days,” said Lancaster, who is the manager of the fair and rodeo. [blockquote quote=”We’re here to make memories.” source=”Lori Lancaster, manager of the Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo” align=”right”…

Business Briefs

Business Briefs — July 2016

Grocery Outlet collects donations for 2nd Harvest Through the end of July, Grocery Outlet in Kennewick will collect donations for its 6th annual Independence from Hunger Food Drive. Customers can look for specially-marked food items to purchase and place in a bin at the front of the store; pick up a pre-made bag filled with…


Networking — July 2016

Britain elected secretary Kennewick mayor pro-tem, Don Britain, was elected secretary of the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Board of Directors. Britain will serve on the association’s executive committee and is in line to become vice president, and then president. Britain has served on the AWC board since 2014. He represents district At-Large #3, which…

New Businesses — July 2016

NEW BUSINESSES Aki Sushi is now open at 321 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite F, Kennewick. The restaurant serves Japanese style dishes and sushi. The hours are 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Fridays; noon…

Hot off the press

New editor named at Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business

An editor with more than 21 years of journalism experience joins the staff of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business this month. As the new editor, Kristina Lord will oversee coverage for the Journal of Business’ various print and digital products. “We are very excited to have Kristina on board to continue our company’s tradition of comprehensive,…

Darigold Expansion in Sunnyside

Darigold completes $97 million expansion of Sunnyside plant

There’s a huge Milky Way in Sunnyside that few people know exists. Each morning, truck after truck, all marked Milky Way, turn into the driveway of the Darigold Sunnyside plant, back up to the offloading pumps and by the end of the day, have off-loaded 8.7 million pounds of raw milk to the plant. The…


Up-and-coming Mid-Columbia products showcased at June FABREO Expo

Saucy, spicy and sassy foods were just some of the offerings at the 2016 Food and Beverage Retention and Expansion (FABREO) Expo held June 15 at TRAC in Pasco. The event was sponsored by the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) to showcase products and foods available in the Mid-Columbia. “The aim was to bring in a…

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