Manufacturing

For sheer economic impact, few comestibles can top the humblest of vegetables and possibly the most popular mass-market product made from it: the potato and the french fry. Accordingly, Lamb Weston, part of packaged-foods giant ConAgra Foods, is adding a second french-fry production line to its existing plant in Richland.

As the development surge continues apace in and around Seattle, aerial booms and scissor lifts crowd every construction site — and a local company quietly thrives.

The manufacturing industry has always been an important part of the U.S. economy. To gain some perspective, check out these 15 facts about U.S. manufacturing that can't be ignored.

Provail began in 1942 to provide services to people with cerebral palsy and adopted its current name in 1999 to reflect service to a wider range of clients and a more entrepreneurial approach.

Manufacturers are well versed in dealing with forces and trends far beyond their control or ability to influence, but in 2016, that talent is being tested to a degree not seen in years. Between weak economies — both at home and in major export markets — and issues like health care costs and workforce availability, there is no shortage of challenges.

Posted: Apr, 27 2016
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Seattle Business spoke with Curt Fraser of Chase Commercial Banking about Washington state’s advanced manufacturing techniques, living-wage jobs that sustain community, and overcoming the skills gap through programs like New Skills at Work, Challenge Seattle and the Seattle Regional Partnership.