This past month we held our Annual Membership Banquet at the Hotel Washington. We presented several awards to honor our members who have done the most to further economic development. In addition, our marketing manager attended an expo in Anaheim, CA and contacted companies that are looking to expand. In addition, we have been reaching out to our members with the purpose of showcasing their products and services. We look forward to finding ways to serve you, our members, and help bring greater development to our community.
 
We are excited to welcome Northwestern Logistics, a transportation company, to our area. They moved here this last month and are looking to grow and expand their business. 
EDC Annual Banquet
In February we held our annual banquet and presented the 2017 Gail and Carolyn Shaw Industry Award to J. Vander Stoep, a lifetime member of the community who has worked tirelessly to resolve flooding issues in Lewis County. Johnny Garcia was presented with the Russ Mohney Recreation Resource Stewardship Award for his role in bringing the Herald Observatory to life. The Golden Shovel Award was given to the Port of Chehalis in recognition of the Port having the largest amount of annual transactions in the history of the organization.
 
Chief executive officer of the port, Randy Mueller, said the work that has been accomplished thus far has been a team effort. He thanked the many different groups of people who have come together to help bring these projects to Chehalis. 
 
Matt Matayoshi also recognized former EDC board member and Chronicle Publisher Christine Fossett for the work she has done with the EDC. Fossett recently stepped down from the board. Christine said she enjoyed serving on the EDC board and is looking forward to the work that will come in the future. 
 
The banquet was a great evening full of awards and the opportunity for the organization’s membership to connect. We are looking forward to the future successes that will be announced in 2017.
Source: The Chronicle
Marketing
Advanced Manufacturing Expo
Our marketing consultant, Site Location Partnership, attended the Advanced Manufacturing Expo, in Anaheim from February 7th – 9th. The show was attend by 48,700 individuals that represent medical devices, plastic, packaging, and sensor manufacturing. Benjamin Baria, Marketing/BRE Manager, participated in this show. During this event, we connected with 157 prospects from the show. Out of the initial contacts, 15 expressed interest in expanding their operations and 1 expressed interest in Washington State.
Business Retention and Expansion
Exodus Engineering
Luke Moerke worked for Moerke & Sons before he left to get his degree in Mechanical Engineering. After a few years of working in Tacoma he returned to Lewis County and started his own business. Exodus Engineering is an engineering consultant firm that deals primarily with light frame residential and commercial buildings, retaining walls, and metal building foundations. In the beginning, it was just Luke who maintained a very busy work schedule but now he has grown his company to three full-time employees plus one part-time office administrator.
 
T.J. Guyer
Tom & Jude Guyer started the company in 1984. T.J. Guyer primarily manages residential properties with a limited portfolio of small office spaces and commercial spaces. The company currently has over 1,700 properties from Vancouver all the way to Lakewood. In fact, in our area they turn over 20-30 houses a month. Several years ago, Tom Guyer was looking to retire and connected with longtime friend, Fred Lofgren, to take over the company. In 2010, Fred came on as a partner until 2013 when Tom exited the company and Fred took over.
 
 SA Tech Follow-up 
SA Tech is a manufacturer of proprietary fatigue decreasing mats, floors, and insoles. They have been in business for over a decade in Lewis County and are currently undergoing an expansion. They have cleared a 10,000-sq. ft. pad and they are awaiting a weather window to begin pouring the concrete foundation. In addition to the expansion they have completed several necessary upgrades to their water/sewer lines. We expect to hear good results on their expansion soon.
For questions regarding the EDC’s activities please contact Matt Matayoshi matt@lewisedc.com or (360) 748-0114