2007 Annual Report
A look back at the projects that
made 2007 the most productive 6
year ever for the EDC.
What is the result of over $1.2
billion in construction and over 8
2,000 construction workers?
Around the County
From Grand Coulee to Mattawa,
every community in Grant County 10
was busy in 2007.
President’s Perspective .............................1
Executive Director’s Message ..................2
Partners & Investors .................................4
Constructing Grant County .....................8
Around the County ................................10
Return on Investment ............................12
Making an Impact ..................................13
Board of D
PRESIDENT Ron Covey (City of Moses Lake)
Robert Trask, Jr. (Robert M. Trask Agency) Tim Culbertson (Grant PUD)
Brian Dano (Dano & Harper, PLLC)
Matt Eisen (Key Bank)
Lynn Garza (Agri/Com Appraisals)
Mark Fancher (Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Ranch & Home)
TREASURER Philip Isaak (Isaak Land)
Juliann Dodds (Sterling Savings Bank) Brian Kuest (LeMaster & Daniels)
Brian Meiners (Basic American Foods)
Larry Peterson (Port of Moses Lake)
Mike Wren (Port of Ephrata)
Cathy Potter (Port of Royal Slope)
BOARD MEMBERS Dick Pulis (Agri/Com Appraisals)
Leroy Allison (Grant County Commissioners) Gerry Ramm (Inland Oil)
Harlan Beagley (Columbia Basin Herald) Tim Snead (City of Quincy)
Scott Campbell (Samaritan Healthcare) Dale Walker (Walker Industrial)
“ Without positive growth we will have nothing to sell.”
The accomplishments of the Grant County Economic Development Council in 2005, 2006,
and 2007 are nothing short of fantastic.
It took many people to invest time and money in attracting new business to our county and
the partners and investors of the Grant County Economic Development Council should be
very proud of their collective efforts. The goals set and the goals attained provide dividends in
the form of new business to Grant County.
As we move forward in 2008 our strategic plan will include vocational training as well as the
promotion of Grant County and the benefits it has to offer. Grant County is a wonderful place
to live and work.
Without you, the members, the board of directors, and a good staff, growth in Grant County
would have been minimal at best. To all of you a very hardy thank you. Just look at what
is happening in Grant County and be proud. However, remember our work is not yet
We look forward to your continued support,
Robert M. Tras
EX-OFFICIO BOARD Lisa Karstetter (Quincy Valley Chamber)
Bob Adler (Port of Mattawa) John Laughery (Specialty Welding)
Gary Ash (National Frozen Foods) Char McDowell (Total Employment & Management)
Dave Bailey (CH2M Hill Engineering) Chris Nelson (Wheatland Bank)
Bill Bonaudi (Big Bend Community College) David Olson (Moses Lake Clinic)
Bill Davis (Windermere/K-2 Realty) Marvin Price (Ochoa Foods)
P.J. DeBenedetti (Moses Lake School District) Scott Ramsden (Midway Beverage, Inc.)
Terry Dorsing (Royal Ridge Fruits) Bev Shuford (Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce)
Kim Foster (ASPI Group) Jay Smith (Golf Savings Bank)
Calvin Greene (Eka Chemicals) Jim Sperry (Express Personnel)
Larry Godden (Air America Fuel & Service) Lon Topaz (REC Silicon)
Tom Heath (Washington Trust Bank) Sheldon Townsend (Western Polymer Corp.)
Rick Honsowetz (LeMaster & Daniels) Chris Vogel (Quincy Foods)
Wayne Hovde (City of Soap Lake) Roy Warnick (Central Bonded Collectors)
Francis Irwin (Irwin Surgical Group) Jeff Wiberg (BBSI) 1
Terry L. Brewer
When we began our work in 2007 I could never have imagined that
we would work on 40 different projects or project
proposals by the end of the year. That number exceeded the record level of activity we saw in
2006. We are pleased to have been a part of the process that resulted in a number of project
commitments for Grant County in 2007.
In early 2007 the Grant County EDC Executive Committee and various standing committee
chairs met to update our existing strategic plan. The group agreed to revise our major objectives to
1. Proactively support at least two major workforce education, training and recruitment
initiatives for the economic prosperity and quality growth of Grant County businesses.
2. Recruit, expand, or retain at least five food and agricultural related projects every five years
resulting in 500 jobs.
3. Recruit, expand, or retain at least 20 service, manufacturing, and distribution projects every
five years resulting in 1,000 jobs.
4. Proactively support at least two major infrastructure projects annually for the economic
vitality of Grant County.
The Board of Directors for the Grant County EDC has approved these major objectives for
2008. Staff and board committees will focus resources and efforts on identifying obstacles to our
plan and developing actions in order to eliminate those obstacles so we can meet the objectives
that we have identified.
Throughout 2007 we published quarterly newsletters with articles covering a number of
projects. We also prepared several news releases highlighting our successes. I will briefly recap
the business projects in this report.
Intuit and Ask.com began work on large data center projects. ML Fab Co. rehabbed an existing
facility and began manufacturing architectural windows for high rise construction projects.
Guardian Building Products broke ground on a large fiberglass insulation manufacturing plant.
Specialty Chemical Products began clearing out unneeded infrastructure and equipment in the
began this fall
new facility in
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former Columbia River Sugar Plant
to make room for a new electrical
chemical processing operation and
Advantage Industries began an
assembly line operation for a new
water sport product.
Katana completed construction
of new facilities in Ephrata and
hired additional employees. Genie
Industries increased production
capacity and hired more employees.
Kyra Wines and Dry Falls Wines
are two new wineries that opened
in Grant County this year.
There was major construction
activity at REC Silicon in 2007
and it will continue through 2008
and beyond. Guardian Building
Products, Specialty Chemical
Products, and Norco will be Ground broke October 15 for Guardian Industries 500,000 square foot facility
engaged in major construction
projects during much of 2008. We fully understand that our businesses are faced with
We have worked with other companies that are fully local, state, and regional issues that affect their day-to-day
committed to develop industrial projects in Grant County and operations. We do our best to communicate that we are here
we expect to see at least two and perhaps three of these make to assist them with those issues or problems. We know that
announcements and begin our local companies may be the
construction in 2008. target of some other community’s
These industrial and high
“ We know that our local companies may recruitment efforts, and we don’t
tech employers all pay wages be the target of some other community’s want our businesses to leave
that are well above the Grant town or expand somewhere else.
County average. The projects recruitment efforts...We take business We take business retention and
I have mentioned are located expansion very seriously.
in Quincy, Ephrata, Moses retention and expansion very seriously.” There is more activity on our
Lake, and Grant County. radar screen that we believe will
New capital investment in these projects is raising assessed result in actual industrial sector projects in Grant County in
values to record high levels for each of these jurisdictions. 2008. For now we will work aggressively to meet the needs
This year we also assisted in the research and compilation of and expectations of existing businesses and industries where
data that was used by Dr. Steve Chestnut and Dr. Gene Scharratt possible, and we will do our best to position Grant County
in completing a feasibility study and report which advocates the communities as the optimal location for new industrial
development of a skills center for high school students in Grant projects.
County. We have also been actively participating with a local If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions
task force that is focused on assisting local employers with their about our work, please call us. We are always pleased to visit
workforce recruitment and hiring needs. with you or to invite you to a board meeting.
Grant County Economic Development Council - 2007 Annual Report 3
Columbia $25,000 +
City of Moses Lake
Discovery Ford L-M Honda
Moses Lake Iron & Metal
Moses Lake-Othello Association of
Grant County Inland Oil Realtors
Port of Moses Lake *Maiers Development Moses Lake Steel Supply, Inc.
*McKinstry Ochoa Foods
Grand Coulee $10,000-$24,999
*Microsoft Port of Coulee City
ASPI Group, Inc.
Midway Beverage, Inc. *Port of Wilson Creek
Grant County PUD
Moses Lake Clinic *Quality Rental Homes & Storage
*Norco Quincy Farm Chemicals, Inc.
Wanapum $5,000-$9,999 Northwest Farm Credit Services Robert M. Trask Agency, Inc.
Central Terminals, LLC Quincy Foods, Inc. *Signs Now
Chicago Title Insurance Company Port of Ephrata *Specialty Chemical
Port of Quincy Port of Mattawa Specialty Welding, Inc.
Washington Trust Bank Port of Royal Slope The Life Company
Priest Rapids $2,500-$4,999 Port of Warden Zip Truck Lines, Inc.
Basic American Foods Rocky Ford Creek $300-$499
Canfield & Associates Security Title Guaranty, Inc.
A & H Printers, Inc.
City of Ephrata *Smart Homes
City of Quincy TITAN
Air America Fuel & Service, Inc.
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Ranch & Washington Biodiesel, LLC
Alliance Consulting Group, Inc.
Home, Inc. Washington State Potato Commission
*Alsted Real Estate, LLC
Columbia Basin Herald Western Polymer Corporation
Animal Medical Center, Inc.
Eka Chemicals Saddle Mountain $750-$999 Avista Utility
Express Personnel Best Western Lake Inn Bank of Whitman
*Frontier Title & Escrow City of Royal City Basin Insurance Associates
Key Bank City of Soap Lake Basin Refrigeration & Heating
LeMaster & Daniels, PLLC Columbia Colstor, Inc. Basin Tree Service & Pest Control
REC Silicon, LLC Gary Mann Real Estate *Berschauer’s Business Center
Takata I-90 Auto Group Big Bend Community College
Total Employment & Management J.R. Simplot Company Bulldog Info Tech, LLC
Walker Industrial Quincy Valley Medical Center Business Interiors & Equipment, Inc.
Windermere/K-2 Realty, LLC Sonico Cacchiotti, Dr. Dino
Dry Falls $1,000-$2,499 Calbom & Schwab, P.S.C.
Frenchman Hills $500-$749
Advantage GMAC Real Estate Cascade Consulting Group
Argus Insurance, Inc.
Agri/Com Appraisals Cascade Natural Gas Corporation
Basin Employment Service & Training
Aho Construction, Inc. Cave B Estate Winery
AmericanWest Bank Central Bonded Collectors
Brewer, Terry & Shirley
*Ask.com City of George
City of Warden City of Grand Coulee
*Dano, Gilbert, & Ahrend, PLLC
*Central Washington Concrete Columbia Basin Machine Co.
Dune Lake Properties
Chemi-Con Materials Columbia Bearing Sales
Horizon Credit Union
Columbia Basin Railroad Co., Inc. *Columbia Glass, LLC
Consolidated Disposal Service, Inc. *Columbia NW Engineering
*M.L. Fab Co., LLC
*Coyote Investments, LLC *Consolidated Electrical Distributors
Desert Graphics Courtright Enterprises, Inc.
Moses Lake Golf Club
Crown Moving Company
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Dano & Harper, PLLC
Dano, Brian & Cynthia
Skone & Connors Produce, Inc.
Skone Irrigation & Supply, LLC
Heath, Tom & Jill
Holloway, Robert & Agnes
David Rodstol, Inc. Sodexho Hopperstad, MaryAnn
Don Eng Insurance & Financial *Spectrum Communications Irwin, Dr. James & Frances
Services Steffens, Thomas Isaak, Philip
*Don Long Services Sterling Savings Bank *Isherwood, Scott
Dorsing Farms, Inc. Stoneway Electric Jones, Kent
*Double Diamond Fruit Sutter, Kunkle, & Thompson, P.S. Knapp, Rory A.
Eckenberg Farms, Inc. Town of Coulee City Knudsen, K.S.
*ESM Consulting Engineers Town of Electric City Leitz, Lisa
Ferrell Gas Trion Properties Lischka, Fred
*Fox Properties, LLC *Tyco, Inc. Lundberg, Alan
Golf Savings Bank US Bank Owen, Col. Clyde
Housing Authority of Grant County *Valley Eye Care Parker, Alice
Home 123 Vrieling Financial Parr, Les
*J&M Electric, Inc. Washington Mutual Bank People for People
J.R. Newhouse & Co., PLLP Wenke Enterprises Peterson, Dr. C.G.
John L. Scott Real Estate Western Mortgage Peterson, Larry
K&N Electric Motors, Inc. *Western Pacific Engineering Redal, LeRae
Katana Industries Wheatland Bank Roe, Dona
LAD Irrigation Company, Inc. Wilbur-Ellis Company Stevens, Richard
LC Farms, Inc. Willow Drive Nursery, Inc. Thomas, Ted
Lenroc Company *Windermere/Central Basin, LLC Town of Hartline
Les Parr Real Estate Work Source Moses Lake Affiliate Town of Wilson Creek
*Loan Network, LLC Wagner, Howard & Karen
Friends of the EDC $100
Lubach Communications *Wold, Pat
Marcusen, Lisa Yada, Bernie & Ladell
Mar Don Resort, Inc. Zimbelman, Dick
Martin-Morris Agency, Inc.
Arnold, Bob In-Kind
Meiners, Brian & Molly
Bailey, David Columbia Pacific Aviation, Inc.
Mid State Bank
Barr, Carl Signs Now
Millers Fine Jewelers, Inc.
Bernd, Bob Desert Graphics
Moses Lake Dairy Queen, LLC
Moses Lake School District Reciprocal
*Brower, Al & Mardine
Mr. Build Total Construction Big Bend RC & D Council
*Mulliken, Joyce & Mike Ephrata Chamber of Commerce
National Frozen Foods Co. Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of
North Central Washington Fence, LLC Commerce
Port of Seattle Ice Age Floods Institute
*Qualls Ag Lab Moses Lake Business Association
Ries Law Firm Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce
Eidukas, John “Jack”
Rock Steel Structures Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce
Sage Hills Golf Club & RV Resort
Schultheis, Tabler & Wallace
Forster, Ed *New Member 2007
Skaug Brothers, Inc.
Grant County Economic Development Council - 2007 Annual Report 5
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e and began work to
prepare the facility for manufactu Direct Jobs 91
ring precipitated silica.
The plant will employ 50 people.
Indirect Jobs 219
50 Total Jobs $12,873,000
Indirect Jobs Earnings/Wages
74 Approximate New
Total Jobs age Earnings Per $131 .97
124 County Wide Aver
Approximate New Earnings/Wage
s $6,187,000 Worker Increase
County Wide Average Earnings Per
Worker Increase $49.49
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Worker Inc rease
Year-Long - Construction continued on REC Silicon’s
$600 million expansion. The facility is on schedule
to be completed in the fall of 2008 and will employ an
additional 90 people that will refine raw silica into solar
December - The Yahoo! data grade polysilicon.
center in Quincy went live
after the official Yahoo! yodele 90
r christened the building. Direct Jobs
The data center will employ aro
und 50 people. 105
Direct Jobs Indirect Jobs
50 Total Jobs 195
127 Approximate New Earnings/Wages $10,890,000
177 County wide Average Earnings Per
Approximate New Earnings/Wa $104.44
ges $8,731,000 Worker Increase
County Wide Average Earnings
Worker Increase $67.48 Source for statistics: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.
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With over $1.2 billion of construction underway,
Grant County is poised for record growth.
You see them in restaurants, grocery
stores, gas stations, and
everywhere in between. They dress in steel toed boots, hard hats,
and orange vests. They are part of the fastest growing sector of
Grant County’s economy and they are over 2,000 strong.
They are construction workers and they are literally building the
future of Grant County.
There are hundreds of construction projects underway in the
county that total over $1.2 billion in capital investment. These
projects include; retail, banking, manufacturing, agriculture,
technology, housing, distribution, offices, education, power
generation, and healthcare.
While some of these projects are new facilities and others are
renovations, all of them are benefiting our local retail and service
industries. In 2006, the taxable retail sales in Quincy shot up a
whopping 172% over 2005. Since then, even more construction
has started in the area that should continue to push those figures
to record highs.
This phenomenal boom in construction is temporary, but the
peak is still in front of us. In early 2008, several more multimillion
dollar industrial facilities will begin construction and by mid year
we should begin to see a leveling off as projects started in 2006 and
2007 come to completion.
When the construction slows down the economic benefits speed
up as the newly built facilities are filled with workers who will live
and spend their incomes in Grant County for years to come.
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2,000 Construction Jobs
2,000 construction workers in Grant County support
an additional 1,502 jobs in the local economy.
Construction worker spending has a huge influence
on local retailers. Those businesses that benefit the
most are listed below.
2,000 construction jobs support:
140 jobs at restaurants and bars
82 jobs at supermarkets and other grocery
60 jobs at motor vehicle and parts dealers
56 jobs at miscellaneous retail stores
54 jobs at general merchandise stores
46 jobs at building material and
garden supply stores
40 jobs at gasoline stations and
30 jobs at automotive repair
and maintenance centers
Source for statistics: Economic
Modeling Specialists, Inc.
Grant County Economic Development Council - 2007 Annual Report 9
Around the County
Join us on a cross country
trip as we look at dozens
of economic development
projects across Grant County.
Coulee City / Hartline Mattawa
The Dry Falls Interpretive Center, a major stop along the Wahluke Wines continued to expand this year and they
Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway, was awarded a were joined by Ginkgo Forest Winery which opened in
grant of $185,000. The byway is one of the largest draws midsummer. The Port of Mattawa continues its work to
for tourism in the Coulee City Hartline area and for all increase wastewater capacity at the port’s industrial parks.
of Grant County. The office of Superintendent of Public
Instruction approved funds to help construct a new high Quincy
school for the Almira Coulee Hartline School District. The Microsoft and Yahoo! data centers became operational
and the Intuit data center started construction. The Port of
Ephrata Quincy and the City of Quincy continue to work closely
Katana Industries completed its expansion and has with state officials to increase water and wastewater
grown to around 180 jobs making it one of the ten largest infrastructure necessary for the future growth of these
manufacturing employers in the county. The Port of facilities.
Ephrata, with assistance from the city, county, and state,
completed a new road that connects the port’s industrial Royal Slope
park directly to State Highway 282. The Port of Royal Slope worked with state legislators and
the EDC to provide assistance to an onion packing facility
Grand Coulee that was locating at the port’s industrial park. The facility
Sunbanks Resort continued building new accommodations became operational in early fall and has created additional
for tourists. It added 10 one bedroom villas and 10 cabins job opportunities for local residents.
making the resort one of the largest in Grant County. Also,
a delegation from Central China visited Grand Coulee Warden
Dam to learn how they can install a laser light show at the Community leaders and local residents formed the Warden
Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River. Development Council. The goal of the council is to improve
life in the area through beautification, employment
Moses Lake opportunities, better housing, educational opportunities,
Three new manufacturing businesses located in Moses grant writing, and closer cooperation between citizens
Lake this past year; ML Fab Co., Guardian Fiberglass, and government. The group meets the first and third
and Specialty Chemicals. Ask.com also chose Moses Wednesday of every month at the Corral Restaurant.
Lake as the location for its newest data center and Norco
announced plans to construct an air separation plant in Wilson Creek
early 2008. Construction continued all year on the REC You can now access the City of Wilson Creek on the world
Silicon expansion. The widening of State Highway 17 wide web at www.wilsoncreekwa.com. The City of Wilson
through Moses Lake was completed and the Port of Moses Creek and the Port of Wilson Creek have been working on
Lake continues its work towards securing airline passenger several projects that will help attract new business to the
service at the Grant County International Airport. community.
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Some projects are so large
that it takes the collective
effort of everyone to make a
County Wide - Workforce Development
“T here is no more important item for economic
development than workforce training and education.”
This statement was made by Terry Brewer, executive
clear information to high school students and their parents
about skills required for local job opportunities in the
director of the Grant County EDC, at the ground breaking Participating businesses will provide career paths within
for the Career One Stop Center in July, 2006. their organization that are available to students that have
The One Stop Center officially opened its doors for the proper education. These career paths apply to students
business this past summer and has been busy training and who plan to work immediately after graduating
educating people to successfully enter the workforce. from high school and those who plan to pursue
Partners that have located inside the new center include; secondary education.
WorkSource, SkillSource, Big Bend Community College, The future really is here in Grant County
the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Grant Mental and as we continue to work together we will
Health, Columbia Basin Job Corps., the Employment find that we are more than ready to face that
Security Department, the American Association of future.
Retired Persons, and the Occupational Opportunities
Everything a job seeker needs is within arms reach
once they enter the One Stop Center, but in economic
development it is not enough to wait for people to
come to you.
A task force has been established that is
taking a proactive approach to developing
and improving the workforce in the
Columbia Basin. This task force includes
local businesses, community leaders,
the Center for Business and Industry
Service, the Grant County EDC, local
high schools, and all the partners
already listed in the One Stop Center.
The most visible product of the task
force’s efforts is the annual “The Future
Is Here” job fair. This is a moving job
fair that will be held at high schools
throughout the Grant and Adams
The purpose of the job fair is to provide
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Return on Investment
Measuring the value of economic development
S ure, we can say that economic
development improves quality of life,
but quality of life is subjective. How do we
When talking about “bang-for-your-
buck,” it doesn’t get much better than
suicides decrease, violence against women
and children decreases, teenage pregnancy
decreases, drug abuse decreases, teenage
really know if it is being improved? Taking the process a step further we smoking decreases, the number of low
We start by applying an objective can begin to subjectively look at the value birth weight children decreases, crime
measure of the value of economic these new jobs and incomes bring to the decreases, school readiness test scores
county in terms of quality of life. improve, sanitation improves, and life
development and work our way back to
The average job created as a result of expectancies increase.
quality of life.
the EDC’s efforts pays over $10,000 a year As incomes in Grant County continue
The simplest way to do this is to calculate more than the county wide average. This to rise these trends will follow and our
the return on investment for economic means that the new jobs created as a result county will become an even better place
development. of the EDC’s efforts raise the county wide to work and live.
We did this at the Grant County EDC average wage. Source for statistics: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.
by tallying up the EDC’s membership With incomes on the rise we can next
revenue over the last ten years. Next, we look at social indicators that are linked to
compared the total membership revenue income and get an idea of how the quality
with the job growth that is being created of life improves as incomes increase.
as a result of the projects the EDC is The following social indicators have
involved with. been linked to income, so as incomes rise;
We were pleasantly surprised at how
high the return on investment is for our
Every dollar invested in the EDC will
create $82.20 of new wages and earnings
in the county.
Every $574.47 invested in the EDC will
create 1 new job with an average yearly
salary of $47,218.
Every $1,846.37 invested in the EDC
will raise the yearly earnings of every
worker in the county by one dollar.
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This past year the Microsoft and Yahoo! data centers became operational.
In 2008 the Ask.com and Intuit data centers will go live. These data centers
provide huge benefits to the Grant County economy.
T he Grant County data centers have
received a lot of attention locally and
jobs pay so well that the county average
salary will go up over $167.
Another benefit of such high paying
The high tech community was watching jobs is that they create even more jobs. For
when first Microsoft and then Yahoo! became every two data center employees hired, an
operational in rural Quincy, Washington. additional five jobs will be created elsewhere
Now the collective eyes of this community in the economy for a total of seven jobs.
are focused on Grant County as one of the The vision statement of the Grant County 2 data center jobs...
prime locations for new server farms. EDC is “It’s all about jobs,” and these new
The Grant County EDC is working hard data center jobs are exactly the type of
to ensure that these new data centers land employment opportunities we had in mind.
somewhere in the county. Why? Because These jobs provide terrific opportunities
data centers provide big dividends for a for the residents of our communities to
rural economy. increase their salary, learn new skills, and
The average yearly earnings per worker improve their quality of life. The EDC
at a data center are more than double the is proud to be part of improving career
county wide average yearly earnings per opportunities in Grant County. Create 5 additional jobs
worker. The estimated 125 new data center Source for statistics: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. in the county.
Quincy Yahoo! Data Center Fun Facts
Total man hours for project? – 330,000
Total employees? – 625 used during construction
Total miles of wire used? – 57 miles (302,400 linear feet) of conduit
Local vendors used? – 75
Taxes paid to state of Washington? – $3,328,565 (as of October 2007)
Yards of concrete? – 5,125 cubic yards
Rebar? – 105 tons
Excavated material? – 136,000 tons
Tons of steel? – 460 tons
Number of anchor bolts? – 700 bolts
Number of welds? – 5,000 welds
If you take 330,000 man-hours and divide by 8 hours per day you get 41,250 man-days. You could say
that 50% of the craft bought a breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack during the day. Therefore 20,700 meals
purchased in Quincy, 20,700 x $7.00 average meal = $144,000 spent on meals.
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Phone: 509-764-6579 509-762-5161
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