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Archives: Oct. 2012

Oct.
31st

Russian leasing company ordering 35 Boeing 737 Max aircraft

A Russian corporation, Rostekhnologii, will soon finalize an order for 35 of Boeing’s new technology 737, the 737 Max, reports FlightGlobal today.

The planes are worth about $3 billion at list prices. Boeing said final details of the deal have yet to be accomplished.

The planes would be the first of the 737 Max line of aircraft to be purchased by a Russian airline or leasing company.

The 737 Max will incorporate new fuel-saving engines, new split wingtips and other aerodynamic improvements to bolster fuel efficiency some 13 percent over present-generation single-aisle, twinjet aircraft.

The first 737 Max is scheduled

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Oct.
31st

Boeing offering biz jet versions of its 737 Max 8 and Max 9, studying long-range 737 Max 7 executive jet

Boeing is offering VIP versions of its newest 737 Max 8 and Max 9 to corporate, government and individual customers.

And the company is reportedly studying whether to add a corporate version of its 737 Max 7 to its Boeing Business Jet lineup.

The 737 Max 7 is the smallest of the new 737 family but would have the longest range, in excess of 8,000 miles non-stop. That range would match the range of smaller executive jets from Bombardier and Gulfstream.

The first airline versions of the 737 Max are due to enter service in 2017. The Renton-built planes

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Oct.
31st

AmericanWest Bank expands into Oregon with PremierWest Bank acquisition

The bank mergers continue as AmericanWest Bank of Spokane has announced an agreement with PremierWest Bank of Medford, Ore.

Pending approval by regulators and shareholders, the combined bank will allow AmericanWest to expand into Oregon. AmericanWest has recently reported assets of $2.4 billion, and PremierWest $1.2 billion. PremierWest operates 32 locations in Western Oregon and Northern California while AmericanWest operates 75 branches in Washington, Califonia, Idaho and Utah.

AmericanWest earlier this year acquired Inland Community Bank and Security Business Bank, both based in Southern California.

In the PremierWest transaction, shareholders will receive cash at $1.65 per share upon closing,

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Oct.
31st

Only four Sea-Tac flights East canceled today as airports reopen

Only four flights from Sea-Tac Airport to the East Coast were canceled today as airports in the storm-wracked Eastern seaboard return to near-normal operations.

Those four flights, two to Newark’s Liberty Airport and two to JFK Airport in New York, reflect those airport’s struggles to get operations back on track.

At the height of superstorm Sandy on Monday, 21 flights from Sea-Tac to the Northeast didn’t fly.

FlightStats.com reported today that airlines canceled 19,217 flights during the last five days.

The number of cancellations nationwide has dropped steeply since Monday. Today 2,820 flights to and from eight northeastern airports, Boston,

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Oct.
31st

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber adds 102 new members during two-day drive

Ninety business and community leaders, over two days last week, recruited 102 new members to the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber.

“This increase in membership to 1,376 puts us as the second largest Chamber in the Puget Sound region,” Chamber president and CEO Tom Pierson said in a news release. ” We have put the relevance back into the Chamber, and businesses are seeing not only the return on investment but the innovation, the job creation and results from our advocacy efforts.”

The membership event took place Oct. 23 and 24th at Cheney Stadium. The event was organized by Jimmy Cusano and his

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Oct.
31st

Groundbreaking ceremony next week for downtown Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue makeover

The public is invited to a ceremony on Monday marking the beginning of Pacific Avenue’s makeover.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. 9:30 a.m. at at Fireman’s Park, 701 Pacific Ave., and will be followed by a reception at the Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave. Pierce Transit will provide transportation from the park to the museum, according to a news release from the City of Tacoma.

Local historian Michael Sullivan and project artists Elizabeth O’Connor will speak, as will Congressman Norm Dicks. Other city civic and business leaders also plan to attend.

When work begins this

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Oct.
30th

IRS issues a warning on a phony website scam

This just in from the Internal Revenue Service – a warning about a new tax scam. Actually, it’s an old scam, with a twist.

It’s a fake IRS website, and, as with scams of this sort, the site asks you to provide personal and financial information. The site mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page, which should be the first tipoff in that the actual site offers web-based products for tax preparers, not the general public, according to a recent (verified) release from the agency.

The phony web page looks almost identical to the real one.

“Criminals use these sites

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Oct.
30th

DaVita income up 6.9 percent in third quarter

DaVita Inc., a large provider of kidney dialysis treatments with major administrative offices in downtown Tacoma, reported a net income increase in the third quarter of some 6.9 percent.

The company’s net income rose from $135.36 million in last year’s third quarter to $144.72 million in this year’s third quarter, the Denver-based company said today.

That’s a 6.9 percent increase for the company. Those figures excluded special items.

DaVita announced last week that it intends to move about 350 of its 1,000 Tacoma employees to Federal Way. Those employees will occupy a former Weyerhaeuser Co. building in that South King

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