Newsletter – May 2018
The EDC is working hard on several exciting new projects including the first ever “Smart Tank” pitch competition sponsored by Centralia College, Orin Smith Family Foundation, and The Industrial Commission. The EDC also welcomes Price Containers, a new wholesale distribution company, to Lewis County. We are also delighted to highlight one of the many companies that make up the building blocks of our community, ESCO Pacific Signs.
Entrepreneurs: It is not too late to register for Lewis County’s own Smart Tank event. Go to www.lewisedc.com/smarttank, hosted by the Lewis Economic Development Council & Moonshot at NACET. This is a Shark Tank style competition for small business owners and entrepreneurs with $6,500 in cash and prizes.
On Friday June 8th there are free workshops and advice from expert business instructors (including the winner of season 2 of Shark Tank!) and on Saturday June 9th is the live competition. This event will be held at Centralia College.
These courses will accelerate your business and increase your professional opportunities. Please come take advantage of this event. See video link from the last event held in Flagstaff, Arizona Pitch Event Video
This event is made possible through the support of Centralia College Foundation, the Orin Smith Family Foundation, and The Industrial Commission.
Price Containers is a wholesale trade company based in Utah. The EDC spent the last several months trying to find a location for the business in our area. They were looking for a 12,000-15,000 sq. ft. space for their product and trucks. After working with Price Containers for several months, we found a location that could meet their needs. The EDC made the introduction to the owner of the building and Price Containers has signed a lease. Ryan Price, the owner said, “The EDC was a huge help in our finding a location in this area. We are really excited to grow and expand our business here.”
In the short term, the company is moving two families to our area to run their operations. After their initial growth phase, we expect they will begin hiring additional employees. We look forward to having this great company in our community and thank those who helped with this company’s expansion! You can learn more about them at: http://pricecontainers.com
Business Retention and Expansion
ESCO Pacific Signs
Over 30 years ago Dale Suazy started ESCO Pacific Signs to design, manufacture, install, and repair signs. After many years of running the company Dale sold it to Duane Taylor, the current owner and a serial entreprenuer. Today ESCO Pacific Signs builds and maintains signs for every commercial application. Occasionally the company makes niche signs, such as neon or sand blasted, which go to a third party and are brought back for assembly at their facility.
Duane said, “We have been extremely busy and have even hired an additional employee. We look forward to hiring more in the future as we continue our growth.” The sign business requires a highly skilled and licensed workforce of individuals trained in electrical, welding, fabrication, and design work. You can learn more about the company at: www.esco-pacific.com