December 12, 2016
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Bellmont Cabinet Company receives Seattle Business magazine's Family Business Award for growth

On the brink of shutting its doors when the Great Recession hit, Bellmont Cabinet Company forged a new path and found a way to stay in business. And, the effort is being recognized.

Seattle Business magazine celebrated 12 family-owned operations last week, giving AWB member Bellmont Cabinet Company a Family Business Award for the company’s growth.

The magazine is celebrating employers that are “navigating this road with energy, enthusiasm and aplomb.”

Bellmont Cabinets is also ranked one of Washington’s 100 fastest growing companies and a top 25 manufacturing firm by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Washington Business magazine featured the company in the summer 2016 edition, highlighting how it turned the corner despite the turbulent economy.

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Sustainability in Action

Building with renewables

By Washington Business magazine

With the tagline "engineered to outlive you," Brooks Manufacturing Co. designs and manufactures quality wood crossarms and transmission framing products for the electric utility industry. Established in 1915, Brooks Manufacturing has been owned and operated by the Brooks family since 1935. Brooks is a certified woman-owned business enterprise.

The company's Douglas fir crossarms come from sustainable forests that are managed to meet the social, economic, and ecological needs of present and future generations.
Read the full article in Washington Business magazine
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Wrap up review of Longview coal terminal

By The Everett Herald Editorial Board

As long as we're talking about bubbles, perhaps those of us in Snohomish and King counties ought to take a look outside ours to other parts of the state that aren't sharing in all aspects of the state's economic rebound.

Both counties enjoy the state's lowest unemployment rates as of October: 4 percent in Snohomish County and 3.7 percent in King. Counties in southwest Washington, however, continue to lag with unemployment rates of 6 percent in Clark, 7.2 percent in Cowlitz, 7.6 percent in Lewis and 8.6 percent in Wahkiakum County.
Read the full editorial in The Everett Herald (subscription required)
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