EDC continues our efforts to retain, expand, and recruit business to Lewis County. We are pursuing several leads development needs and infrastructure planning. 

With virtually all commercial and industrial buildings filled there are few turn-key opportunities for industrial and commercial businesses. This will lead to companies selecting sites to search for shovel ready sites. 

A healthy community requires good infrastructure and thriving small businesses. Our economy of goods producers particularly manufacturers are small business. Our organization is proud to support infrastructure planning that will turn into future construction of transportation facilities.
Smart Tank
The Business of Money + A Taste of Track One
July 12, 2019 | 9am-3pm | Location TBD
Join Amanda Kristinat, Moonshot at NACET CFO and sought after keynote speaker, professor, and mentor, for a powerful workshop on the Business of Money and A Taste of Track One – Assessing Your Assumptions & Biases, Effective Networking, Refining Your Elevator Pitch.
MORNING SESSION: The Business of Money – An understanding of basic business financial tracking and reporting and their importance in the health of your company.
LUNCH will be provided
AFTERNOON SESSION: A Taste of Track One – Assessing Your Assumptions & Biases, Effective Networking, Refining Your Elevator Pitch
 Sponsored by: Centralia College Foundation
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Centralia College CDL Program
Centralia College is offering a new commercial truck driving course starting July 8. This standalone certification class includes comprehensive hands-on skill development and instruction that aligns with the Department of Transportation.
Students will maneuver a commercial vehicle in different traffic conditions; operate a tractor-trailer combination; and navigate the vehicle safely forward and backward around various obstacles. This course is designed to prepare students to take the State of Washington tests necessary to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License for the professional truck driving industry.
Prerequisites for class are:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Pass federal Department of Transportation health and drug screening
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license
  • No DUI, hit and run, reckless, or negligent infractions within the past five years
  • Have no more than three moving violations in the past three years
The course runs July 8 – Aug. 30 Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and costs $4,412. Centralia College’s program is $1,000 to $2,000 less expensive than comparable training programs and allows for more practice and learning opportunities. CC has a CDL driving simulator that gives students additional practice time.
For more information, contact Workforce Education at 360-623-8963. To register, visit Centralia College Enrollment Services in the TransAlta Commons.
NW Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
Federal grant funding is available to manufacturers, producers and service providers experiencing import competition. The federal TAA for Firms program, informally referred to as “Made in America Grants,” offers funding up to $75,000 in matching grant funds for U.S. businesses that have been hurt by import competition. Companies may be eligible to fund multiple projects that improve any aspect of business operations. Northwest TAAC can quickly assess eligibility and assist with qualifying at no cost or obligation to the company. Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (NWTAAC) is a private non-profit organization, funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, that implements the TAA for Firms program in four Northwestern states. Please visit www.nwtaac.org.
Business Retention and Expansion
Cardinal Glass
Cardinal Glass was founded in 1962 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since then they have grown to 37 locations and over 6,000 employees. Cardinal is committed to provide a quality glass product to its customers. Located here in Chehalis, is one of Cardinal’s TG (Tempered Glass) warehouses. This plant has about 40 employee’s that do a spectacular job of making sure the quality standards are met every single day.
When speaking with Cardinal we were pleased to hear that a lot of the employees have been with Cardinal for multiple years and take advantage of the great pay and benefits that are offered. Some of which include an onsite nurse, physical therapist and yearly wage increases. Tracy Stowell (Human Resources) said “without our employees, Cardinal TG would not be where it is today. Our employees become family. When someone is in need, we pull together and help.” To learn more about Cardinal Glass visit www.cardinalcorp.com
For questions regarding the EDC’s activities please contact Matt Matayoshi matt@lewisedc.comor (360) 748-0114