October 14, 2019
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AWB delivers manufacturing message across Washington and beyond

The message that manufacturing matters was delivered loud and clear last week as AWB completed the most successful Manufacturing Week bus tour yet. AWB's colorfully-wrapped bus crossed Washington from the Port Orchard to the Palouse region over seven days and nearly 2,500 miles. Along the way, AWB connected with the employers that create the great products and family wage jobs that support the state economy.

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Manufacturing Week bus tour resonates with Washington news media

News media helped spread the message that manufacturing is a vital part of Washington's economy by giving AWB's bus tour unprecedented coverage. Employers, employees and their products were featured in every major media market across the state through radio, television and newspaper stories.

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AWB recognizes Manufacturing Excellence by awarding four employers with awards during bus tour

Kitsap Bank received AWB's 2019 Manufacturing Excellence Award for Innovation on Friday, the fourth and final employer honored over the past two weeks. AWB President Kris Johnson presented the award to bank leaders in Port Orchard. The company was recognized for its work to maintain a competitive advantage through innovation, while remaining responsive to market demands.

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Department of Ecology delays decision on Kalama methanol plant

The Washington Department of Ecology says it needs more information on a proposed methanol plant in Kalama before deciding on a key permit. The department says the permit application from the Port of Kalama and the builder is incomplete.

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Spokane measure would ban local income tax

Spokane voters will have a chance to ban a local income tax on Nov. 2. Supporters say the measure, if approved, would be the first to outlaw local income taxes as part of a city charter in Washington. Pro-business groups are also hopeful it will attract companies to invest in the area.

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Mark your calendars for Evening of Excellence on Nov. 20

Please save the date to join us on Wednesday, Nov. 20 as we celebrate our members and the good work they do every day to make Washington a great place to live and work. Tickets are available now!

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From a snowstorm to the Snake River
Manufacturing is alive and well

It's time to celebrate the amazing things Washington makes

By AWB President Kris Johnson

Washington makes some really cool things.

We're famous for many of them -- airplanes, apples, software, wheat and more. The state's iconic manufacturers established the foundation that our recent economic expansion is built upon.

But there are many medium and small manufacturers that fewer people know about. The fishing rod manufacturer in Woodland. The music stand manufacturer in Yakima. The boat builder in Colville. And the manufacturing company in Richland that makes surgical tools to help heal patients around the world.

Read the full op ed in the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.
Engineering Success

An Interview with Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox CEO

By Christine Varela, partner, DH

Last week, I attended the Association of Washington Business's (AWB) annual Policy Summit. AWB, Washington's largest and oldest statewide business association, brings together members from businesses across Washington every year to help them gain insights on trade policy, small business leadership, entrepreneurship and engage in high-level, statewide policy discussion.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to host an interview with Debbie Sterling, successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and founder and CEO of GoldieBlox.

Read the full blog post here.