November 9, 2015
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Weyerhaeuser acquires Plum Creek, making it the largest private landholder in nation

Weyerhaeuser is buying Plum Creek for $8.4 billion to form the nation’s largest private owner of timberland, the Seattle-area firms announced Sunday. The Seattle Times reports that the purchase will boost Weyerhaeuser’s land holdings to more than 13 million acres and combined would have a market capitalization of $23 billion.

Following shareholder approval, the merger is expected to close by March or April, with the new company bearing the Weyerhaeuser name.

“We saw a unique opportunity to combine the two industry leaders in a way that will generate substantial value for shareholders by creating the world’s premiere timberland and forest-products company,” Weyerhaeuser CEO Doyle Simons told The Seattle Times.

What’s next for the timber giant and the combining of staff remains to be seen, but Weyerhaeuser is slated to relocate its Federal Way headquarters to Seattle next fall, placing it near Plum Creek’s headquarters already located in Union Square in downtown Seattle.

Weyerhaeuser was established in 1900 and was AWB’s first dues-paying member in 1904. It is one of the region’s oldest corporations.

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Children Need Options

Parent Perspective: Making A Non-Political Case For Charter Schools

By Linda Sikora

I know there are funding issues and administration issues and legislative issues and union issues... all the "yeah buts" that people stake their positions on so vehemently. Here's my "yeah but" -- I wish we could channel that passion differently, I wish the "opposed" people could have the experience I had today... to see a child's eyes light up and watch her confidence emerge. It was one of those soft, seminal moments in my life. In that moment, I knew this child's life, her trajectory, could completely change. Sometimes, the biggest changes start small -- one child at a time, one school at a time. We can figure this out, people.

Please don't close these schools.

Click here to read the full blog post via the Washington State Charter School Association
Reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

Businesses Languishing Without Ex-Im Bank; Congress, Reauthorize It

By The Seattle Times editorial Board

Hilliard's Beer is gaining popularity in Sweden, where the Seattle-based brewery planned to expand sales this year. It has also received interest from distributors in Toronto and London.

Those opportunities are now on hold since Congress failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank last summer.

Elected leaders must end the ideological battle over Ex-Im and revive this vital tool for U.S. companies to grow exports overseas.

Hilliard's Beer is one of hundreds of exporters that used Ex-Im to secure loan guarantees and credit insurance for international sales. The shutdown has resulted in more than $9 billion worth of deals lost, said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

A lot more is at stake -- last year the bank completed $27.4 billion in transactions and supported 164,000 U.S. jobs.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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