October 8, 2018
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AWB's Manufacturing Week bus tour kicked off with shop floor stops Thursday and Friday, continues this week with stops across Washington

The AWB Manufacturing Week bus hit the road last Thursday with its first stop at Callisons in Lacey and continued on to Tacoma, Bremerton, Poulsbo and the Olympic Peninsula throughout Friday. Today, the bus made stops in Sumner, Kent, Hobart, Everett and Seattle. The bus tour rolls on all week across Washington, visiting shop floors, meeting the amazing employees that build great things and highlighting the importance of the sector to the state's economy and families.

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National Manufacturing Day highlights job creators that drive Washington's economy

AWB's government affairs team toured Northwest Washington employers Friday to celebrate National Manufacturing Day. From Alcoa to the PACCAR Technical Center, Everett Community College to Skills, Inc., AWB met dedicated job creators that pay good wages, produce quality products and offer excellent training for the future workforce.

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Opposition to I-1631 carbon 'fee' growing as data shows it would hit consumers with higher energy, fuel costs

The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce last week announced it officially opposes Initiative 1631, citing the initiative's creation of an "escalating energy tax on Washington business and families for years to come." Two more newspapers also came out against the initiative. The Tri-City Herald cited the financial burden it would place on families and small business and the uncertainty about whether it would actually improve the environment as reasons it couldn't support I-1631. Urging a "no" vote on I-1631, The Columbian editorial board highlighted that state officials "estimate that residential natural gas prices would increase by about 10 percent in 2020, gasoline prices would increase between 6 percent and 9 percent, and electricity costs also would rise."

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Rural Jobs Summit to be held Nov. 8-9 at Lower Columbia Community College

AWB's ongoing focus on statewide economic development, which started with two summits last year, will continue with the 2018 Rural Jobs Summit Nov. 8-9 at Lower Columbia College in Longview. Reserve your spot here.

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L&I changing overtime rules, public feedback sessions scheduled

The state Department of Labor and Industries is hosting public feedback sessions this month to take comments on the agency's proposed changes to employee overtime rules. The pre-draft rules became available on Friday and the first feedback session takes place tomorrow, Oct. 9, at the agency's Tumwater headquarters. The deadline for providing feedback is Friday, Oct. 26.

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Federal Issues

New tri-lateral trade deal with Canada, Mexico awaits ratification

There may be some good news for Washington dairy farmers and agriculturists and other industry sectors reliant on trade with America's two North American neighbors. A deal announced last week, if ratified by Canada and Mexico, would create a revised tri-lateral trade agreement named the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement, or USMCA.

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Other News

PNNL, LanzaTech team up to make fuel from recycled carbon

Washington's leading-edge lab, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, this week announced its partnership with LanzaTech to create a new jet fuel made from carbon-rich pollution. The fuel was used for the first time Oct. 2 to successfully power a Virgin Atlantic flight from Orlando to London using a Boeing 747 airplane.

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Boeing launches $11 million investment in workforce development, citing tax reform

Boeing has launched a major workforce development effort in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The company credited tax reform as making the $11 million investment possible.

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WorkSource website created to link manufacturers with qualified workers

On Oct. 1, WorkSource launched a new website in partnership with the state Employment Security Department and AWB to help connect workers looking for jobs in the manufacturing sector with employers.

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AWB Events & Resources

Safety first: Take AWB's OSHA 10 Training on Oct. 22-23

AWB will offer a two-day OSHA training program at its headquarters in Olympia in October. It's designed for construction workers, foremen, job supervisors and anyone involved in the construction industry.

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Celebrate Washington's extraordinary employers at AWB's Evening of Excellence Nov. 28

AWB will roll out the red carpet again this year for its third-annual Evening of Excellence awards gala at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Nov. 28. It's AWB's chance to celebrate innovation, environmental stewardship and the overall community spirit of Washington's diverse employer community.

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Best of the Blog

Day One of 2018 bus tour highlights variety, strength of Washington manufacturers

The crisp, clean smell of mint and a bright autumn sunrise set the stage for AWB's 2018 Manufacturing Week tour Thursday morning. The seven-day tour to highlight the importance of Washington's manufacturing economy began in Lacey at Callisons, a leading world supplier of mint oils and flavors. The first day also included tours of Puget Sound Energy's Tacoma Clean LNG facility, Print NW, Inventech Marine Solutions, R. Mathews Optical Works and Watson Furniture Group. Read the full blog post.

Tweet of the Week

An Official Send-off



They Said It

Always Improving

"We're always trying to optimize fuel economy, performance and emissions." ~ Senior Validation Manager Steve Koeffler of the PACCAR Technical Center, where engineers help semitractors last 1 million miles through testing and research.




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The Tour Begins


"We are recommending a 'no' vote on I-1631."

By The Tri-City Herald editorial board

Like prior efforts to reduce carbon emissions in our state, Initiative 1631 has an important, worthwhile goal -- to cut pollution and combat climate change.

The problem is that, if approved, it will cost people more at the gas pump and more when they pay their power bills. And what will they get in return?

Right now, we can't say for sure. The public is supposed to trust a yet-to-be formed, unelected 15-member oversight board to dole out the money for clean energy efforts.

We can't encourage such blind faith in government, especially when we are talking about divvying up billions of dollars. We are recommending a "no" vote on I-1631.

Read the full editorial in The Tri-City Herald
Keeping Manufacturing Alive


Tacoma's Economic Future

By State Rep. Laurie Jinkins

Tacoma's future is coming closer, as the City of Tacoma, Puyallup Tribe, the City of Fife, Pierce County, and the Port negotiate the start of long-term planning for the Tideflats. Business, labor, environmentalists, neighbors, and Native people all have ideas for the best ways to use this land; the planning process is intended to hear from everyone. Not surprisingly, some ideas clash, and a few can't co-exist. How these different views play out will play a big part in shaping Tacoma's future.

I'm interested in the process as a Tacoma resident, of course, but I'm also paying attention as a legislator. While the State doesn't have a formal role in the process, state laws and resources are involved in many ways. The Growth Management Act, for example, provides the context for land use planning. The legislature helps fund roads and other essential infrastructure. And state agencies have responsibilities for shorelines and fish and wildlife. I vote on a lot of issues related to this planning process.

Even so, I don't claim to understand all the concerns and opportunities involved. It's pretty complicated in terms of science, economics, law, and politics. Right now, I'm particularly interested in the role of manufacturing in Tacoma's economic future...

Read the full column in The Tacoma Weekly News
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