Already a leading solar builder, itek Energy prepares for more expansion

Filed on 03. Nov, 2013 in Features

Already a leading solar builder, itek Energy prepares for more expansion

Even with a production floor full of high-tech machinery at Bellingham’s itek Energy, which produces solar modules, one item Karl Untershuetz is particularly eager to show off is a small, modified table that allows workers to efficiently attach frames onto finished panels. Unterschuetz, the company’s business development manager, said the table’s design was not developed [...]

Foss Maritime parent firm buys Everett waterfront site

Filed on 03. Nov, 2013 in Features

By Noah Haglund The (Everett) Daily Herald Kimberly-Clark Corp. has agreed to sell the site of its former waterfront mill to the Seattle-based parent company for Foss Maritime Co., representatives for both sides announced in early October. The deal with Saltchuk Resources could close next spring, if all goes well. Under the plan, some 250 skilled [...]

Heritage Flight Museum announces move to Skagit County

Filed on 31. Oct, 2013 in Features

Heritage Flight Museum announces move to Skagit County

Following its next “Fly Day,” the Heritage Flight Museum’s days in Bellingham will be numbered. Directors of the nonprofit museum, which is dedicated to preserving and flying historic military aircraft, announced on Thursday, Oct. 31, that they plan to move to the Skagit Regional Airport, in a hangar located at 15053 Crosswind Drive in Burlington. After [...]

Inslee sets Apple Cup deadline for transportation plan

Filed on 30. Oct, 2013 in Features

By Brandon Macz Bellevue Reporter  Before an Apple Cup champion emerges, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he wants to see an approved transportation bill on his desk crafted through a bipartisan effort and identifying $10 billion in revenue sources needed to keep the state’s roads and bridges from failing. “November is the month for action [...]

Community banks, credit unions in a pickle with pot business

Filed on 29. Oct, 2013 in Features

By Jerry Cornfield The (Everett) Daily Herald Community banks and credit unions are ready and willing to provide financial services to entrepreneurs in the state’s new legal pot industry. But they aren’t able to, at least not yet. Marijuana businesses, even ones that will soon be legally licensed in this state, are considered criminal enterprises [...]

Special Report: Washington faces realities of growing aerospace market

Filed on 27. Oct, 2013 in Features

Special Report: Washington faces realities of growing aerospace market

By Jerry Cornfield The (Everett) Daily Herald Matt Yerbic is bullish on aerospace in Washington, but that has not deterred people in other states from courting one of the owners of Everett-based Aviation Technical Services. And the offers are pretty darn good. “They say we will build you a building for nothing, we will train your [...]

University Ridge student-housing project gets city’s green light

Filed on 27. Oct, 2013 in Features

University Ridge student-housing project gets city’s green light

A contested proposal for a privately run student-housing project in a residential neighborhood about three miles from Western Washington University has received approval from Bellingham’s hearing examiner, but with several conditions that could alter some of the developer’s original plans. Dawn Sturwold, the city’s hearing examiner, approved a land-use application for the project in a [...]

Report shows strength, new trends in Whatcom’s housing market

Filed on 27. Oct, 2013 in Features

Whatcom County’s housing market enjoyed gains in the third quarter of 2013, with homes sales rising nearly 21 percent along with moderate increases in sale prices, according to a recent analysis of Northwest Multiple Listing Service data by Lylene Johnson of The Muljat Group. Local NMLS real-estate agents reported 718 county home sales in the [...]

Bellingham poised for more hotels, hundreds of additional rooms

Filed on 20. Oct, 2013 in Features, New Business

Bellingham poised for more hotels, hundreds of additional rooms

As one new hotel opens in Bellingham, the list of others ready to enter the local market keeps growing. A 122-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 4040 Northwest Ave. The hotel, which has been in development for more than five years, is owned and managed by 360 Hotel Group, based [...]

Chamber joins legal challenge of “expedited removal”

Filed on 07. Oct, 2013 in Features

Several regional economic groups, including the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, are taking a stand against the U.S. government’s use of “expedited removal,” a border-security measure that can ban foreigners from entering the U.S. for at least five years—and in some cases, forever. Bill Gorman, interim director of the Bellingham Chamber, said that while he believes [...]

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