Kennewick, WA Business


Smile-A-Mile hosts Fall Community Show this Saturday

Kennewick Wash. — A local business is hosting its fall community show tomorrow. Smile-A-Mile painting will be opening their lot to the public all day Saturday for music, food, games and a number of arts & crafts as well as food vendors to celebrate the fall season. The event...
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Local businesses team up to give back

Tri-Cities, WASH. — If you’re looking for a way to give back to the community, here’s your chance. For the month of October, McCurley dealerships, mustang signs, and Yoke's Fresh Market are joining forces to create the ‘Home Town Food Drive.’. The community is invited to...

Amazon tells call center employees to work remotely, eyes office closures: report

Amazon is reportedly nudging customer service employees to work from home as it looks to close some of its US-based offices as part of a cost-cutting effort. The e-commerce giant plans to shut down “multiple” call centers throughout the US in a bid to trim its real estate expenses, Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. A call center in Kennewick, Wash., is said to be among the locations tabbed for closure. Amazon, which is valued at $1.17 trillion, did not comment on whether it plans to close call centers. However, a company representative confirmed that Amazon is expanding remote work...

Tri-Cities Sonic Locations Closing Forever? Now We Know Why

The Kitsap Sun (paywall) and other outlets report the headquarters of Sonic Industries LLC filed a lawsuit against the franchise owner of Sonic Drive-In's in Washington and Oregon. Two of those affected by the lawsuit are the newly closed locations in Kennewick and Pasco. What is in the lawsuit and what does it mean for the Tri-Cities?

Lamb Weston Fined Over Groundwater Contamination

HERMISTON, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined the Lamb Weston potato processing facility in Hermiston $127,800 for overapplying wastewater containing nitrogen to farmland and causing nitrate groundwater contamination in the Lower Umatilla Basin, an area with longstanding groundwater contamination. Lamb Weston has a DEQ water quality...

Women's Expo highlights local women owned businesses this weekend

Pasco, WASH. — If you're in the mood to shop until you drop this weekend, you're in luck. The Hapo Center welcomes local women owned businesses to the Women's Expo this Friday. Organizers say they created the event in an effort to shine a light on local women owned...

Amazon seeks tax deal to build new data centers near Hermiston

Amazon plans on building two new data centers near Hermiston that provide almost $10 million in annual revenue through large fees rather than full property taxes. The Hermiston City Council at its meeting Monday, Sept. 26, approved Amazon Data Services’ application for long-term tax abatement to build the new campuses within the Greater Hermiston Enterprise Zone. Assistant City Manager Mark Morgan said this deal is similar to the one now with Amazon Data Services.

Bracher Farms holds Blue Mountain FFA Soil Judging Competition

HERMISTON — There is more to the makeup of soil than meets the eye, as students from across Umatilla and Morrow counties found out this week. The Blue Mountain FFA District Soil Judging Competition was Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Bracher Farms’ new shop near Cold Springs Reservoir east of Hermiston. More than 130 high school students from nine local school districts participated.

Umatilla Electric Takes Home Overall Excellence in Communications Award

Umatilla Electric Cooperative was awarded the Northwest Public Power Association’s Overall Excellence in Communications Award on Sept. 21 during the 29th Annual Northwest Innovations in Communications Conference. This award is given to an organization that judges determine had the best overall communications effort in the prior year, regardless of...

Amazon Asks Some Employees To Go Remote As Rumors Swirl Call Centers Are Next On The CRE Chopping Block

In its latest bid to trim real estate costs, Amazon is asking many of its customer service employees to work from home. The move comes as the e-commerce giant apparently plans to close some of its call centers, an anonymous source told Yahoo Finance. One of those centers, the source said, is located in Kennewick, Washington, where hundreds of employees are based.

State fines Hermiston potato processing plant for groundwater contamination

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a $127,800 fine Tuesday to a Hermiston potato processing plant for repeated wastewater violations that contaminated the groundwater in nearby communities. Lamb Weston’s Hermiston facility, which produces about 750 million pounds of french fries annually, violated its wastewater permit 90 times from 2015...