November 21, 2016
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Celebrate outstanding employers at inaugural Evening of Excellence Nov. 30 at Benaroya Hall

AWB is rolling out the red carpet for its first-ever Evening of Excellence. The formal event, open to all AWB members and their guests, will take place at Benaroya Hall in Seattle where six awards will be presented. Registration for the event is open and space is still available. Banner Bank is the presenting sponsor.

The awards are aligned with AWB’s new Mission and Vision statements. The awards and nominees include:

Achieve: Recognizing a business that has excelled in creating, implementing or supporting a high-caliber education and/or workforce development system aligned with closing the employment gap.

  • D.A. Davidson, Seattle
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland
  • WGU Washington, Kent

Connect: Recognizing a business whose products and/or services have positively impacted the way in which Washington employers and communities are connected to each other and the world.

  • Expedia, Bellevue
  • Mill Creek Pub, Battle Ground
  • Seattle Symphony, Seattle

Leading Environmental Practices: Recognizing a business that has put a priority on environmental improvement, education or outreach to its business sector and/or community.

  • Banfield Pet Hospital, Vancouver
  • Earth Friendly Products, Lacey
  • Nucor Steel, Seattle

Advance: Recognizing a business that has had a significant cause-oriented impact in its sector and/or community and contributed to the advancement of the economy.

  • International Air Academy, Vancouver
  • Level 11, Seattle
  • WAFLA, Lacey

Entrepreneur of the Year: Given to an entrepreneur whose business is less than five years-old and has made a significant impact in their industry.

  • Aslan Brewing, Bellingham
  • C2S Tech, Bellevue
  • Heritage Distilling, Gig Harbor
  • M3 Biotechnology, Seattle
  • Schilling Cider, Auburn

Employer of the Year: Recognizing an employer that has implemented innovative job retention, creation, benefits, and/or compensation plans that foster a thriving work environment. (The Tri-City Herald highlights the nominees here.)

  • Energy Northwest, Richland
  • Phillips 66, Ferndale
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Pullman

Please join AWB in congratulating and celebrating the many job-creators and risk-takers at the Evening of Excellence on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a member appreciation reception in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby. Enjoy networking, food and beverages before heading into the Nordstrom Recital Hall for the awards program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For more information and registration, contact Kelli Schueler at 360.943.1600.

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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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