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Spots filling up for AWB's fly-in to Washington, D.C., Dec. 5-7


It’s vital that the voice of employers is heard in Olympia and in Washington, D.C. AWB is the catalytic leader and unifying voice for Washington employers – in both capitals. This December, AWB will lead a delegation of Washington business leaders to meet with national leaders in Washington, D.C.

This is a prime chance to be heard by decision-makers and help inform the discussion about how regulations and laws affect the ability of employers to create and retain jobs.

The third-annual AWB fly-in will include meetings with members of Congress and the new administration, federal agency visits, a Washington state grand reception, keynote speakers, a candlelight tour of the Capitol and more.

Previous AWB fly-ins have included meetings with U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, most of Washington’s 10 members of Congress, and many opportunities to make important connections. Read more in this roundup of AWB’s 2015 fly-in.

Contact Kelli Schueler at 800.521.9325 for more information.



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Focus on Sustainability

Feed Commodities LLC: Giving Unused Bakery Goods a New Life

This Tacoma company helps divert past-its-prime food from the landfill to ranchers, feeding cattle across the Northwest.

From Salem, Ore., to the Canadian border, Feed Commodities, LLC is the Pacific Northwest's premier recycler of bakery byproducts into livestock feeds. The company acquires otherwise unusable raw bakery goods around the Pacific Northwest to process at its Tacoma facility. Each month, the plant repurposes thousands of tons of bakery products that would otherwise end up in landfills, turning it into high-quality livestock feed sold in bulk to ranchers.

The company has also taken the lead in food waste reduction through the development of Normandy Waste Management Systems, a web-based software service designed to help the food production community learn how to track and reduce waste in their daily operations.

Read the full story in Washington Business Magazine
Time to Build Millennium Bulk Terminals

Still waiting for good jobs in Cowlitz County

By Mike Bridges, president of the Longview/Kelso Building and Construction Trades Council

Millennium's $680 million private investment stands to create more than 1,000 union construction jobs over a two-year build-out under a Project Labor Agreement. That's also 135 permanent jobs when the facility is complete and 2,650 direct and indirect construction jobs overall. And that doesn't count the ongoing maintenance work that would employ different trades for years to come. For Cowlitz County, this represents a significant private investment that would have an enormous economic impact on thousands of tradespeople and their families. All told, Millennium would bring in $43.1 million in state and local taxes during construction, and $5.4 million in state and local taxes each year when fully operational.

It would also mean fewer people on the road, working closer to home.

Right now, most of our tradesmen and women work outside of Cowlitz County. Many work out of state, driving home on weekends or once a month for visits. I get so tired of people criticizing these Millennium jobs as "temporary." Anyone in the trades knows our work is always "temporary." And for someone who drives thousands of miles each month to a job in Montana, visiting their kids once a month back home in Kelso, the promise of a local "temporary" job sounds pretty appealing...

Read the full column in The Stand
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