October 24, 2016
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WSU given preliminary accreditation for new medical school in Spokane

Washington's newest medical school remains on track for a 2017 opening. Last week, Washington State University won preliminary accreditation for its new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Read more »

Spanish company breaks ground in Everett for aerospace innovation center

MTorres DeseƱos Industriales S.A.U., a Spanish engineering services company, is building a 66,000-square-foot facility in Everett to offer advanced engineering services to aerospace and manufacturing companies. Read more »

Skyscraper city: Seattle has more construction cranes than New York and San Francisco combined

Seattle has more construction cranes than any other city in the country, and twice as many as any city outside Los Angeles, The Seattle Times reports. Read more »

Financial literacy added to new state education standards

Washington now has its first-ever financial literacy education standards. These K-12 guidelines aim to prepare students for college, career and life, including skills for planning and saving, managing credit and debt, and using a career plan to understand income potential. Read more »

NAM and Manufacturing Institute asking for input on survey about women in manufacturing

Employers are asked to help the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte as they conduct a study on the impact of women in manufacturing and their communities. Read more »

Business owners asked to complete survey on how state can fight fraud

The state's Department of Revenue, Department of Labor and Industries, and the Employment Security Department are collaborating on a campaign to raise awareness among employers about fraud and how to report it. Before launching the campaign, they're asking business owners to take a survey. Read more »

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Focus on Sustainability

Helping CAT Excavators Ride the Rails

HPF Manufacturing, Inc. has created an innovative way to cut fuel use by 97 percent for railroad work and maintenance.

The Snohomish County employer designed Rail-X undercarriages to maximize fuel efficiency by incorporating drive motors so that an excavator can be driven on rail to a work site by a single operator. The average fuel consumption is just 5 gallons per hour. In contrast, the traditional process for rail maintenance involves the following: An excavator is trucked to a rail site, hoisted and bolted onto a rail car, then pulled by locomotive to the work site. The average fuel consumption is 175-200 gallons per hour.

Using Rail-X excavators significantly cuts fuel consumption by up to 97 percent when compared to the traditional process of railroad maintenance, thus reducing the carbon footprint within the rail industry for a more sustainable and green environment.
Read more in Washington Business magazine
Reasons to Say Yes

Oil terminal merits approval

By Mike Bridges, business representative for IBEW 48, Longview

A recent letter by International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 President Jared Smith mischaracterized the proposed Vancouver Energy crude-by-rail terminal.

Opponents such as Smith largely base their arguments on concerns about oil trains that are already running through this state and will continue whether or not Vancouver Energy is built.

The letter presented a false choice of windmills versus oil trains -- we need both. Cars, trucks, buses and jets don't run on wind. Petroleum fuels keep us moving and keep our economy strong.

Smith also asserted falsely that Vancouver Energy crude oil would go overseas. Instead, Midwest oil will go to West Coast refineries to create products we need, reduce crude imports by 30 percent, and enhance U.S. energy independence...

Read the full letter to the editor in The Olympian
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