September 29, 2017
AWB's Manufacturing Week bus tour begins on Olympic Peninsula
AWB’s first-ever statewide manufacturing bus took off early Friday from Port Townsend, making its first stop at the The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock. The school, founded in 1981, is not only helping preserve the craft of wooden boatbuilding, but also addressing the shortage of skilled labor in the maritime sector.
"The industry is thirsty for people under 65," said Executive Director Betsy Davis.
The tour is aimed at celebrating Washington's manufacturers and raising awareness about the challenges they face - and what we can do to help them.
The next stop was SAFE Boats International in Bremerton, a company that specializes in manufacturing defense and security boats. The company, founded in a garage 1997, employs 300 people and sells to customers all around the world.
Other stops included:
- Taylor Shellfish in Shelton, which sends the equivalent of three semi-truckloads of shellfish out of Sea-Tac Airport each day
- Simpson Door in McCleary, a one-time commodity door builder that has adapted to changing market tastes by specializing in custom designs
- Vaughan Company in Montesano, a family-owned company that makes heavy-duty chopping pumps for a variety of industries including food processing and municipal wastewater; and
- Ocean Protein, a fishmeal processing facility in Hoquiam.
Manufacturing Summit. The second bus departs from Bellingham, heading east through the North Cascades and south through the Palouse before the westward drive to Seattle to meet up with bus one. Watch the bus tour and all the stops online here and follow the tour on Twitter at #MfgIsWA. Photos from the trip are online in this photo gallery.The bus tour resumed today with a second bus leaving Olympia this afternoon. It continues Monday with a bus departing from Olympia and heading south before swinging east and heading back to Seattle for Thursday's AWB Institute