The climate for business activities continue to be strong. Lewis EDC is experiencing a steady interest from companies considering our region. Business recruitment and expansion is moving forward with follow-up on several leads from different sectors. EDC is active in reaching out to entrepreneurs in the community for exciting upcoming activities leading up to the Smart Tank 2019 event. The year continues to look to be promising as business outlook is promising.

Smart Tank

The climate for business activities continue to be strong. Lewis EDC is experiencing a steady interest from companies considering our region. Business recruitment and expansion is moving forward with follow-up on several leads from different sectors. EDC is active in reaching out to entrepreneurs in the community for exciting upcoming activities leading up to the Smart Tank 2019 event. The year continues to look to be promising as business outlook is promising.

We are kicking off Smart Tank for 2019 and meeting with individuals throughout Lewis County that have expressed interest in becoming a participant in the upcoming 2019 Smart Tank event. Paul Thomas, CEO In Residence from the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (NACET), will spend time one-on-one with each potential candidate discussing start-ups, scaleable business, structuring and restructuring, sales and marketing and all aspects of operations.
We have had several people from the community express interest in attending the workshops that accompany this event. All are welcome. Workshops are led by experienced entrepreneurs from NACET. The EDC will hold a series of workshops prior to the Smart Tank Event 2019. Check out our website to find more information  https://www.lewisedc.com/smarttank/
Business Retention and Expansion

Cascade Hardwood Group

Cascade Hardwood Group is a family owned company which has two locations. One location is here in the heart of Lewis County, and the other in Port Angeles. Marc Mendenhall, COO at Cascade Hardwoods Group, spoke about the workforce of the company and stated that between the two locations they have over 200 employees, most of which are here in Chehalis. Marc said, “We have a loyal group due to our great wages and benefits.”
During a BRE tour led by Lumber Salesman, Marlin Langworthy and Log Accountant, Tella Haberstroh, it was stated that Cascade Hardwood Group receives logs from various owners. They have a very specific process for which they rely on employees and the latest technology to create a quality lumber product that is stamped, sorted and ready to be shipped all over the world. To learn more about them go to www.cascadehardwood.com

Shelton Structures

Shelton Structures also known as Shelton Lam and Deck, has been around since 1977. Specializing in the manufacturing of laminated roof decking and glulam beams, Shelton Structures focuses on providing a quality product to their customers. They can do various lengths of roof decking and use a variety of different types of wood.
Currently they have a little under 30 employees who take advantage of the competitive pay and benefits that Shelton Structures have to offer. Paul Ericson said “We have become so diversified that the products we make are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada.” Paul Ericson also helped out this past year by being one of our sponsors for our “Smart Tank” event. Shelton Structures is dedicated to being involved in the community as much as they can. To learn more about Shelton Structures go to www.sheltonstructures.com 
Upcoming Events
Lewis EDC’s 36th Annual Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Jester Auto Museum and Event Center. Check your email for your invitation. If you would like an invitation, please call or email marrianne@lewisedc.com