As the economic outlook is positive and promising, businesses are looking for candidates to fill many open positions as well as new positions available. The EDC is continuing to prepare for the first ever “Smart Tank” pitch competition sponsored by Centralia College and the Orin Smith Family Foundation.


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On June 8th and 9th, the EDC is hosting Lewis County’s first ever pitch competition. Styled after the show Shark Tank, our competition, Smart Tank, is a public event for the whole community to get involved with or simply watch live and in person at Centralia College.
Our partners at Moonshot, an entrepreneurship council, will be providing expert business counsel and have invited guest presenters to inform and inspire small business owners, entrepreneurs and idea-makers before the pitches are to be judged by a panel much like the Shark Tank television show.
Participants will be competing for scholarships and cash/prizes to start or accelerate their business. Whether you are planning to participate, sit in on classes or come watch your local community members compete, Smart Tank is open to everyone. We encourage you to attend! To learn more go to  or contact Rebecca Tripp at 
Business Recruitment
Pioneer Truckweld
Pioneer Truckweld Inc. recently opened up their second location, and first in Washington, outside of Toledo. They are a manufacturer of high-quality dump bodies and other transportation equipment. The company was formed when Lee Finley bought three equipment companies: Truckweld, Pioneer Equipment, and K&H Equipment in early 2013. Some of this company history dates back to 1929.
Today, Pioneer Truckweld distributes throughout the West & Pacific Northwest. Pete, the manager, says that, “This location will afford us many opportunities for expansion. We are in a great location along I-5  and we are happy to be here.”
They will be a great addition to our community. With their recent expansion to Lewis County they are seeking to hire, welders and general repair mechanics. You can learn more about Pioneer Truckweld by visiting their website at
Business Retention and Expansion
Centralia Knitting Mills
Centralia Knitting Mills has more than 80 years of history in our community. The organization was founded in 1939 in Olympia by Edward Thoreson, the grandfather of the current owner, before local groups persuaded them to relocate to our area. Upon relocating they learned that the Native American term “Skookum” meant the best or the ultimate. They decided to rebrand their company the Centralia Knitting Mills and name their flagship project Skookum.
They have been producing sweaters and jackets on the same machines purchased when the company began. Today the company’s largest buyers are overseas in Asia. The company is always in need of good employees who know how to cut and sew. If you are looking for a job please reach out to Randy at (360) 736-3994.
3six0 Motorsports
3six0 Motorsports is a dealership that specializes in selling 4 x 4 trucks and SUVs. They have recently moved into the former Campbell Chrysler building and are nearing the completion of extensive renovations. They have remodeled the main offices and are in the process of clearing out the servicing area. The next step is to build up their inventory.
3six0 Motorsports had been serving the Centralia community at a location on Mellen Street. This relocation will allow the company to expand their inventory to 100 vehicles. We are happy to see a building in downtown get a new refurbishment. You can find them at