October 2016

Of the top 10 wineries in the state, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates owns the top six. Ste. Michelle owns few of the grapes it turns into wine. Instead, it relies on farmers in the Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley and on the Wahluke Slope for its fruit, driving the industry forward by contracting with farmers to plant more acreage.

Ste. Michelle drives growth of Washington wine industry

By Wine News Service We’ve known this all along: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates dominates the Washington wine landscape. But a look at the top wineries in the state drives the point home. Of the top 10 wineries in the state for cases produced, Ste. Michelle owns the top six. On average, Ste. Michelle uses two…

Preferred Freezer Services in Richland is planning a major expansion that could add 33 percent more capacity and about 30 more jobs.

Preferred Freezer Services eyes expansion

By Jeff Morrow Preferred Freezer Services opened up a monster facility in July 2015 in the north part of Richland. The $115 million building dominates the landscape, standing 120 feet tall, with 455,000 square feet of space and 313,000 square feet dedicated to automated freezer space. And it’s about to get bigger with a major…

Volm Companies Inc. broke ground on a new 90,000-square-foot building in August that’s set to be complete next spring. From left: Randy Soucie, Volm general manager for Pasco and Idaho Falls; Mike Bernatz, Volm CFO; Alan Mueller, chairman for Volm Board of Directors; Michael Hunter II, Volm COO; Daniel Mueller, Volm president and CEO; Dave Zabell, Pasco city manager; Austin Neilson, government and economic affairs director for the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Port welcomes new tenant to Pasco Processing Center

The 250-acre Pasco Processing Center will welcome a new tenant in spring 2017. Volm Companies Inc. broke ground in August on a 90,000-square-foot, $8.5 million facility in the 5700 block of Industrial Way inside the business park developed by the Port of Pasco. The company makes mesh bags and other packaging as well as packaging…

Sharehouse Coffee

Richland coffee shop cites high overhead, ends four-year run

A Richland coffee shop known for serving good coffee and supporting good causes will close its doors at the end of the month. Sharehouse Coffee ends its four-year run Oct. 30. The shop near the intersection of Keene Road and Queensgate Drive is an outreach ministry of Bethel Church. It’s known around the Tri-Cities for…

Al Cordova

Tri-Cities Community Health CEO retires, leaves clinic on better footing

When Al Cordova arrived at Tri-Cities Community Health five years ago, the clinic was cash strapped, patients were waiting nearly two months to see a doctor and staff turnover was high. When the CEO retires from the Pasco-based clinic this month, he will leave behind a healthier agency that’s better equipped to serve a growing…

Business Briefs

Business Briefs — October 2016

Workers compensation workshop set for Oct. 18 The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is offering a free workshop for employers from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at its regional office at 4310 W. 24th Ave., Kennewick. Attendees will learn about how businesses can control workers’ compensation costs by sharing return-to-work incentives offered…

Networking

Networking — October 2016

Book chronicles state hop history Washington state supplied 75 percent of the U.S. hop harvest in 2015. The agricultural commodity’s cultivation can be traced to 1852 Oregon Trail pioneer Ezra Meeker, and Dennis M. Larsen’s book, “Hop King: Ezra Meeker’s Boom Years” covers this journey. “Hop King: Ezra Meeker’s Boom Years” is a comprehensive biography…

New Businesses — October 2016

NEW BUSINESSES BlankSpace is now open at 5453 Ridgeline Drive, Kennewick. BlankSpace serves tea, juice, holds workshops and has a studio for events, photoshoots, etc. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Contact: blankspacetricities.com, Facebook Bombing Range Brewing Company has opened at 2000 Logston Blvd., Suite…

Dan Schwabel, an author and expert on millennials, gave a keynote talk about the group known as being tech savvy, diverse, connected and activists for personal rights during last month’s Association of Washington Business’ Policy Summit in Cle Elum. (Courtesy Association of Washington Business)

Our top Young Professionals prove to be up and coming leaders

This year’s top Young Professionals represent a diverse and distinguished group from the Tri-Cities. These new rising stars of business are under the age of 40 and work in Benton or Franklin counties. They didn’t have to be business owners to compete in our ninth annual Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business contest, but they had…

Young Professional 2016: Laura Eder

Laura Eder is the 0perations decision support analyst, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Hometown: Walla Walla How long have you lived in the Tri-Cities? 10 years Family: I have a family. My husband and I consider our children to be all the pets we can handle! Company background: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is a collection of…

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