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Archives: March 2013

March
27th

Tacoma developers propose 161-unit mixed use building on the Thea Foss Waterway

Five years after development went into limbo, developers are returning to Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway.

Now a development alliance calling itself the Henry Group is proposing to build a $31.2 million apartment and retail project just north of the Highway 509 bridge across the waterway.

The group is the same one that 10 years ago built the waterway’s first major residential building, Thea’s Landing.

The new proposal, tentatively approved Wednesday night by the Thea Foss Waterway Development Authority, would create a six-story, 161-apartment building on Dock Street next to Albers Mill.

The authority authorized its director, Su Dowie, to negotiate

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March
27th

Airbus may buy factory fabricating composite fuselage for A350 airliner

In a development similar to one that hit Boeing during its development of its game-changing composite-bodied 787 jetliner, Boeing rival Airbus is reportedly considering buying the factory the produces composite fuselage sections for its upcoming composite airliner, the A350.

Aviation Week is reporting that the European planemaker is in talks with Spirit Aerosystems to buy that American company’s French plant that produces composite mid-fuselage sections for the A350.

Delays at that plant have impacted the scheduled delivery of the first A350.

Airbus, like Boeing before it with two supplier plants in South Carolina, has sent its own engineers to the

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March
27th

Some Port of Tacoma terminals closed Monday to commemorate labor leader’s birthday

Four major Port of Tacoma shipping terminals, Husky Terminal, Olympic Terminal, Pierce County Terminal and Washington United Terminal, will be shut down Monday to commemorate the birthday of  labor leader Cesar Chavez.

Three other terminals, APM Terminal, Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Terminal 7, will be working Monday, but longshore workers will receive holiday overtime pay rates for their work.

The terminal closures prompted by the labor agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.  The PMA represents shipping lines, ports and terminal operators on the West Coast.

The ILWU-PMA contract names Chavez’s birthday as

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March
27th

Major master-planning effort for 600 acres of downtown Tacoma is ready for your review

A master-planning process that began in the fall of 2011 has produced a deep look at downtown Tacoma’s Brewery and Dome districts, full of ideas for the way it should develop during the next several decades to accommodate major population growth.

It’s your turn to comment.

It’s important that you do. Part of the plan includes an area-wide environmental impact statement, which, if ultimately approved, will allow commercial real estate developers to skip individual environmental review on their project. The idea is to encourage development by helping investors save money while still ensuring the development fits in with the

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March
27th

University of Washington Tacoma to offer classes at Tacoma’s Fab Lab

Starting in April, students at the University of Washington Tacoma will have a classroom in an inventors’ paradise.

FabLab, Pierce County’s first membership-based high-tech workshop and fabrication studio, will be the site of classes including “TCES 490, How to Build (Almost) Anything”, patterned after classes taught at MIT, according to a news release.

“FabLab offers people great opportunities to design and build just about anything, and students studying Computer Engineering and Systems at UWT now have design tools at their disposal that the campus labs simply can’t offer,” said Rob Friedman, director of the Institute of Technology, in the news release.

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March
26th

Make a $25 deposit, get a chance to win $5,000; Washington credit unions join in “Save to Win” program

Spend a few dollars on the lottery and chances are, the money goes away.

There is, however, a new game in Washington.

Make a $25 deposit, or more, at one of six state credit unions, and you will be entered into a drawing with up to $5,000 in monthly prizes and a $5,000 annual prize.

Washington thus joins Michigan, Nebraska and North Carolina in a program called “Save to Win.”

The six credit unions participating are OBee, in Tumwater; TwinStar, in Lacey; North Coast in Bellingham; Fibre Federal in Longview; Connection, in Silverdale; and Express, in Seattle.

“Save to Win

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March
26th

Airbus adding to the South’s growing aerospace sector with Mobile airliner plant

Europe’s Airbus will join Boeing with a new aircraft factory in the South soon as the aerospace company breaks ground for a new airliner assembly plant in Mobile, Ala.

Groundbreaking for that $600-million factory is scheduled for April 8 at Brookley Aeroplex, a former military airfield adjacent to Mobile Bay.

The factory, which will produce Airbus A319, A320 and A321 single-aisle planes, will be the first aircraft assembly plant for Airbus in the U.S.

When the factory produces its first plane in 2016, its output will be about four planes a month.

That relatively modest output (Boeing’s Renton factory which

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March
26th

Pacific Crane Maintenance Co. comments regarading employee’s death on the job

The company that employed a 57-year-old longshore maintenance worker who died Monday at the Port of Tacoma’s APM Terminal is commenting today on his death.

Pacific Crane Maintenance released the following statement:

“We were saddened to learn that one of our workers, a long-time ILWU member, passed away this morning as a result of what appears to be natural causes at a jobsite in Tacoma. The employee was found unconscious near his maintenance truck, and paramedics were called immediately, but were unable to revive him. Preliminary reports indicate that he was not involved in any sort of industrial accident or

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