October 1, 2018
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AWB's Manufacturing Week bus tour kicks off Thursday for seven days on the road

This Thursday, AWB staff and state leaders will hop into a custom-wrapped bus to begin the second-annual Manufacturing Week Bus Tour, which will cross the state to visit manufacturers of all sizes in all corners of Washington.

This year's event will begin on Thursday, Oct. 4, continue on Friday, which is national Manufacturing Day, and will resume the next week, for a total of seven days touring the state and its diverse manufacturing sector.

The week-long tour will kick off at Callisons in Lacey. The bus will move on to stop at innovative Washington manufacturers like Watson Furniture Group and R. Mathews Optical Works in Poulsbo, Central Bean Co. in Quincy, Buyken Metal Products in Kent, Anderson Hay & Grain in Ellensburg, Port Townsend Paper in Port Townsend, and many other spots.

Clif McKenzie, owner of Watson Furniture Group, recorded this video to talk about why he's looking forward to welcoming the AWB Manufacturing Week Bus Tour to his Poulsbo furniture company, where 250 workers manufacture some of the world's finest furniture for companies such as Google and Boeing.

Follow along online via the event's hashtag, #MFGisWA, to meet some of the state's finest manufacturers as the Manufacturing Week Bus Tour winds through the state, from the Olympic Peninsula to the Palouse.

Take a look back at the 2017 tour via social media posts, or watch this video wrap-up.

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No vote urged on pollution fee initiative

By The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial Board

Earlier this year we opposed Gov. Jay Inslee's effort to impose a carbon-emissions tax in the Washington state Legislature.

We now oppose a similar effort to impose a carbon tax -- now dubbed a pollution fee -- through Initiative 1631. We urge a no vote on I-1631 on the November ballot.

This does not mean we oppose all efforts to combat climate change, which we see as a real and serious threat to all of us.

But any effective effort to reduce the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change should be done on a national scale at the federal level. A state-by-state approach such as the initiative adopts won't achieve much except to create an economic burden on those living in Washington state...

Read the full editorial in The Union-Bulletin
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