REI CEO asked to join Obama's cabinet


Outdoor enthusiast Sally Jewell, CEO of the Kent-based outdoor equipment cooperative REI, has been tapped by President Obama to be the next Secretary of the Interior. She would be the first woman be named to the president's second-term cabinet. She would succeed outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

The U.S. Department of oversees many federal agencies, including the National Park Service, the Burea of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service. Read more about Jewell in this Executive Q&A from our March 2012 issue and about REI in our story on cooperatives in the February 2013 issue.

Jewell, a native of England, joined REI in 2000 as its COO and was named CEO in 2005. She had a long career in banking before that, and started her professional career as an engineer for Mobil Oil.

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.