July 14, 2018

July 2018 Briefs

James Hardie: EDB recruitment success, then and now

In the Frederickson corporate offices of James Hardie Building Products Inc., the framed front page of the September 1997 issue of Teamwork hanging in the lobby tells a compelling story. The article and photo of then EDB President Erling Mork and James Hardie project manager Steve Brague touted construction of the company’s new 150,000-square-foot manufacturing plant. 

Cut to present day. James Hardie is wrapping up its latest expansion of a 400,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the Frederickson plant, which will bring an additional 100+ family-wage jobs to Pierce County.

This EDB recruitment success story just keeps getting better.

Lakewood-Tacoma Logistics Center welcomes new companies (and jobs)

Panattoni Development Company recently signed leases with two companies new to Pierce County in the Lakewood-Tacoma Logistics Center, a 2018 EDB Excellent 10 winner.
Collectively, GEODIS and Damco will occupy 467,000 square feet and bring more than 200 jobs to Pierce County.
GEODIS, part of France-based SNCF Logistics, is a supply chain operator ranked among the top companies in its field in Europe and the world. Damco is a global provider of innovative freight forwarding and supply chain management services.

EDB preps for Farnborough 

It’s July, and that means it’s nearly time for the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England, one of the biggest events in aviation. The EDB will be there July 16-22 with its Pierce County and Washington state partners to meet with industry leaders, connect with new and existing contacts, and tout the region’s assets and advantages to firms looking to relocate or expand operations.
We’ll share a recap once the Washington State Trade Delegation lands back home.

Broadband study 

Pierce County is conducting a study of internet access and use by households and organizations to understand current availability and future needs within our community.

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