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Western moves facilities to the waterfront in anticipation of redevelopment of the site   BBJ PHOTO/VINCENT AIOSA Lydia Bennett, port real estate director, and Bob Frazier from Western meet at the site.   Matt Gagne The possibility of Western Washington University expanding its campus to the Bellingham waterfront has been a near constant in the [...]

VECO to be purchased by CH2M HILL

Filed on 31. Jul, 2007 in Contents

  Heidi Schiller and Matt Gagne The international engineering firm CH2M HILL announced in June an agreement on the terms of the acquisition of VECO for $463 million. CH2M HILL and VECO, which has an office in Bellingham, are expected to finalize the details of the acquisition and a transition-and-integration plan sometime in the next [...]

Developer plans 15-story tower on Bakerview

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  PHOTO COURTESY FABER BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION Preliminary plans for Morgan Bartlett’s Olympic Tower, at the intersection of W. Bakerview Road and Pacific   Heidi Schiller A local developer’s plans for a 15-story tower near Bellingham’s airport are designed to cash in on the upcoming 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. Preliminary plans for Olympic Tower [...]

Top properties

Filed on 31. Jul, 2007 in Contents

The following is a list of recent commercial and high-end residential property sales in Whatcom County. Top properties is compiled by Wendy Darling, with assistance from the county treasurer’s and assessor’s offices.   Residences Above $700,000 Seller: Douglas and Dian LiebermanBuyer: Paul and Ann HansonDescription: Condo with 1,800 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, built [...]

Oh the woe behind the Bellingham B and O

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Business tax varies from city to city, has businesses asking why Aluminum Chambered Boats CEO Larry Wieber talks about the company’s new manufacturing facility near Ferndale July 20. Wieber cited Bellingham’s B and O tax as one of the main reasons the company did not locate the facility within Bellingham’s city limits.   Matt Gagne [...]

David Syre passes torch to son

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  Heidi Schiller A major transition at one of Bellingham’s biggest companies has resulted in a shuffling of its key positions. At the end of July, David Syre passed the torch of Trillium Corp. to his son, Jonathan Syre. Jonathan is now the president and CEO of the real estate development and timber company that [...]

Economic study examines marine industry in area

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  Matt Gagne The Bellingham/Whatcom Economic Development Council has teamed up with 13 Pacific Northwest organizations to develop the Northwest Washington Marine Industry Cluster Study with a $72,000 grant from the state. The study, released in August, describes the total economic activity of ship building, boat building, boat dealerships and other marine industries in Whatcom, [...]

Employers lukewarm on heat stress rule

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Whatcom County builders question regulation of ‘common sense’ Western Roofing owner Winton Smith stands outside a job site at the National Guard center on a brisk cloudy day in August. Bellingham is spared the consistent hot temperatures that visit Eastern Washington in the summer. But companies like Western Roofing still have to comply with the [...]

Mentoring: A profitable resource in the workplace

Filed on 31. Jul, 2007 in Contents

  In its simplest form, mentoring is basically a transfer of knowledge. It takes place in a variety of settings ranging from one’s home to the workplace. Typically, in a corporate setting, a seasoned individual (a mentor) is assigned to a newer or up-and-coming protégé (a mentee) with the relationship focused on skills, career, and [...]

Port begins preliminary marketing of waterfront

Filed on 31. Jul, 2007 in Contents

Setbacks and the site’s ‘amorphous’ nature make marketing a challenge   Hiedi Schiller Marketing a 220-acre industrial site with major cleanup issues is not the easiest task. Especially given the fact that the waterfront site still has no official cleanup or master plan and may include 200-foot setbacks that could, according to port officials, preclude [...]

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