Alcoa to keep Ferndale plant open

Filed on 02. May, 2016 in Contents, News

Alcoa announced today that it won’t curtail the Intalco Works facility at the end of this quarter, retaining hundreds of jobs. In a press release, the metals manufacturer announced today that it reached an agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration to help improve the competitiveness of the Intalco smelter, which will allow it to stay open. [...]

Be careful about imposing trade sanctions

Filed on 08. Mar, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Be careful about imposing trade sanctions

By Don C. Brunell On March 1, the Wall Street Journal carried a sobering editorial that ought to force us to look behind the toxic presidential campaign rhetoric and ask two very important questions about how we position our nation to compete internationally. First, what really happens when our leaders impose punishing trade sanctions? Second, [...]

Boeing ready to begin 777X work in Everett

Filed on 11. Apr, 2014 in News

Boeing ready to begin 777X work in Everett

By Dan Catchpole The (Everett) Daily Herald The Boeing Co.’s Paine Field site will buzz with activity next month when workers knock down old office buildings to make way for new carbon-fiber-composite manufacturing. Carbon-fiber technology — crucial to the future of big jetliner production — comes to Everett at a cost. Washington coughed up huge tax [...]

Kaizen Assembly creates new manufacturing division

Filed on 18. Mar, 2014 in New Business

Kaizen Assembly, a Bellingham-based business consultancy that focuses on lean management training, is spinning off its manufacturing division into a new company called Solution Based Engineering, Chris Ortiz, the company’s president, said. Ortiz said the manufacturing component of Kaizen has grown to a level where he felt a separate business entity was necessary to allow [...]

BTC hosts free summit on skills gap in manufacturing industry

Filed on 02. Mar, 2014 in Events

BTC hosts free summit on skills gap in manufacturing industry

Bellingham Technical College is hosting a free Manufacturing Summit from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 4, at Settlemeyer Hall on the college’s campus. The free event will including presentations and discussion on how industry, education and policy leaders can address a broadening skills gap in the region’s manufacturing workforce and develop better ways [...]

Ferndale’s Healthy Pet acquires kitty litter product line

Filed on 11. Feb, 2014 in News

The Ferndale-based pet product manufacturer Healthy Pet has purchased a natural, wood-based cat-litter brand called Simply Pine, and company leaders said the acquisition will accelerate the firm’s expansion into the natural fiber cat-litter market. Healthy Pet acquired the Simply Pine brand from Dry Creek Products LLC, a subsidiary of Biomaxx Inc. Along with the sale, [...]

Integral Technologies of Bellingham opens facility in Detroit

Filed on 03. Jan, 2014 in News

Bellingham-based Integral Technologies Inc. has opened a new facility in Detroit, Mich.—called the Detroit Technology Center—which will support expanded research and development of the company’s patented ElectriPlast material, according to the firm. Integral’s ElectriPlast products are designed to serve the electrical and magnetic shielding needs for a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, cable and alternative [...]

Bellingham’s Wood Stone acquired by global distributor

Filed on 16. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

Wood Stone Corp., a Bellingham-based company that makes stone-hearth ovens and other specialty cooking equipment, has been acquired by Henny Penny of Eaton, Ohio, both companies announced Dec. 16. The sale should close within weeks. Wood Stone was founded in 1990 by Keith Carpenter and Harry Hegarty. The business partners sold their first oven to an [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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