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Archives: April 2012


Informational picket at three Pierce County hospitals as Occupy Tacoma plans rally in Wright Park

The union representing more than 700 healthcare workers at three local hospitals will be holding an informational picket line tomorrow.

Beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, workers represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW will picket at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.

At those hospitals, the union represents about 700 workers whose contracts expired last year. In April, a statewide community organizing group released a report claiming the hospitals’ parent nonprofits, MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, earn $1,000 more per patient than the statewide average. The report used a data

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Mangoes, cheese, flowers, strawberries, wine and more: Veggies greengrocery in soft opening in Fircrest

It’s been a while since The News Tribune has been able to write the following sentence:
“Jumbo mangoes are on sale in Fircrest.”

As of Saturday, Veggies greengrocery has opened at 1111 Regents Blvd. in downtown Fircrest, in a space once occupied by Manley’s market.
Veggies opened on Saturday.

“It was pretty much a quiet opening,” said owner-partner Ken Grasser on Monday.

A grand opening is still a few weeks away, he said.

“We want to get our people trained,” Grasser said.

Veggies has hired 15 employees, and all positions have been filled, he said.

Along with mangoes,

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Seattle’s Manson Construction Company fined $10,000 for 2010 fuel spill in Tacoma’s Blair Waterway

A Seattle-based construction company has been fined $10,000 for spilling 177 gallons of diesel into the Blair Waterway.

The Washington State Department of Ecology announced the fine Monday. The spill happened Oct. 29, 2010, when Manson Construction Co. was transferring fuel from a tugboat to a barge.

Manson “failed to monitor the transfer and the tank level of the (barge), and consequently diesel fuel overflowed,” according to an Ecology news release.

The spill happened just off the Washington United Terminal at the Port of Tacoma.

Of the 177 gallons spilled, 168 were recovered from the water, the news release said.

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Boeing sells 20 777s to Chinese airline

China Eastern Airlines is adding its first long-range Boeing jets to its fleet.

Boeing announced today that the airline is ordering 20 of its popular 777-300ER jets. That order is subject to government approval.

When that order is approved, it will raise Boeing’s sales of the 777 to 26 aircraft for the year so far.

At the $298.3 million list price for the 777-300ER, the order would total nearly $6 billion. Most large orders, however, earn airlines substantial discounts off the company’s list prices.

China Easter now flies single-aisle, medium-range Boeing 737s in its fleet, but no long-range

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“Tardy” doesn’t just apply to Boeing and Airbus anymore

Boeing and Airbus, whose last few new airplanes were years behind delivery schedules, have a new companion in detention for being tardy.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Aircraft Co. announced this week that its MRJ regional jet’s first flight and first delivery have been delayed by more than a year. The company said more time is needed to iron out wrinkles in the supply system and to carry out further testing.

The company has sold just 70 of the 70-to-100-seat twin-engine planes.

The first production aircraft will now be delivered in the summer or fall of 2015 instead of the first quarter

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Tacoma’s TrueBlue Inc. doubles quarterly earnings

TrueBlue, Inc., the Tacoma-based temporary labor provider, today announced first quarter earnings double those of the first quarter of last year.

The company said its net income for this year’s first quarter was $1.53 million compared with $766,000 for the first quarter of 2011. That first quarter 2012 income amounts to 4 cents a share.

That increase in earnings came on revenues that rose by 13 percent over the previous year’s first quarter to $311 million.

“We had another quarter of solid execution across the business,” said TrueBlue Chief Executive Steve Cooper. “Customers continue to want a flexible workforce

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Port of Tacoma names three business award winners

The Port of Tacoma has named three winners of its first annual Summit Awards for their outstanding contributions to the port’s business and the Pierce County community.

The winners are:

* MacMillan-Piper — Business Magnet Award

This company transloads containers at two facilities in the Tacoma Tideflats.

“In the past year, the company double its warehouse transloading space to 202,000 feet to support handling bulk cargoes. MacMillan-Piper also reduced the number of idleing and draying trucks by unloading import containers and load them with exports in the same location, helping to improve air quality,” the port said in making

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Boeing delivers first new passenger 747-8

Boeing delivered its first new 747-8I destined for commercial airline service today to Germany’s Lufthansa.

The new aircraft, the fourth generation of the venerable jumbo jet, will fly to Lufthansa’s headquarter city of Frankfurt May 1.
Boeing 747-8I

The new plane features a double-digit percentage fuel consumption over its predecessor, the 747-400, new avionics, an undated passenger cabin and a 30 percent reduction in noise.

Lufthansa, which has ordered 20 of the planes, plans to put the first aircraft into commercial service in early June.

The new plane is some 30 seats larger than its predecessor

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