October 14, 2019
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Manufacturing Week bus tour resonates with Washington news media

AWB members were featured prominently in a series of media appearances all over Washington during this year’s Manufacturing Week bus tour. The manufacturing story received coverage from more than 20 media outlets.

The story begins before the bus arrived in Olympia. Tacoma’s KNKX radio tracked down AWB’s Jason Hagey for a preview on Sept. 30.

The Columbian’s Anthony Macuk interviewed AWB President Kris Johnson and former Board Chair Tim Schauer minutes after the tour began on Oct. 2 in Vancouver. After the first stop at SEH America, Johnson talked to 1470 KELA AM radio on the bus. A few hours later, The Reflector of Battle Ground covered the G. Loomis stop in Woodland, and The Chronicle met up with the tour at Churchill Glove Co. in Centralia. Just up the road, Thurston Talk caught up with the bus at a visit of the Lacey MakerSpace.

Still, the first day’s coverage wasn’t done yet. Johnson presented Tacoma’s Feed Commodities with the 2019 Manufacturer of the Year Award late on Oct. 2. KBTC 9’s Northwest Now show was there to report on it. This two-minute package took a look at not just Feed Commodities but the state’s manufacturing sector overall, and appeared on the local PBS affiliate.

Oct. 3 began with a mention in the Spokane Journal of Business, and South Sound Business met up with the bus in Tacoma. The Tacoma stops earned a mention from the Tacoma Weekly, as well.

The tour moved through Seattle on Friday, Oct. 4, and AWB presented a Manufacturing Excellence Award to Cascade Designs in the Industrial District. Q13 News took a factory tour and covered the story on the evening news, reaching an estimated 25,000 viewers.

After a quick weekend break the AWB team got back on the bus Sunday night and headed to Bellingham. The Skagit Valley Herald picked up the Broadcast Tools story on Monday, Oct. 7. The Lens covered the Stemilt Growers visit in detail on Oct. 8.

AWB News gathered audio from the Wagstaff visit on Oct. 9, which ended up running on KSBN AM 1230 in Spokane. Later that day, the Lewiston Morning Tribune of Idaho came by to take a tour of Renaissance Marine in Clarkston. Finally, AWB connected with The East Washingtonian newspaper at Pomeroy Grain Growers in Central Ferry, along the Snake River.

The final day of the tour matched the heavy media attention of the first. KNDU TV was waiting for Johnson, and the bus, at Plastic Injection Molding in Richland. The Tri-City Herald tagged along for the tour. Meanwhile, the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business picked up this photo to run with Johnson’s most recent op ed.

The media tour ended with this connection to Washington Ag Network, which appears on 560 KPQ and 610 KONA AM news radio throughout Eastern Washington. (The story included a photo that AWB’s Brian Mittge grabbed of the bus next to a barn in the Palouse with a pointed message about the importance of the Snake River hydro system: “SAVE OUR DAMS.”)

For complete coverage of this year’s Manufacturing Week bus tour, check out AWB’s own media products on the Olympia Business Watch blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, and Vimeo channel.

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