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Since last Friday, a lot of people are suddenly aware of SGL, the German company that has a large carbon-fiber production site in Moses Lake. That's when state officials and company execs gathered in Moses Lake to announce a major expansion of one of Eastern Washington's distinctive high-end manufacturing companies.
The S-R used a Seattle Times story, printed Sunday, that explains how the plant got to Grant County, and why BMW is investing a lot more money into more jobs and increased carbon-fiber production.
The Moses Lake site was chosen for its cheap and clean energy. The expanded plant, touted to be the world’s largest carbon-fiber plant, will employ about 200 workers earning $17 to $22 per hour.
Photo from SGL.
Spokane-based Greater Spokane Inc. is launching a preliminary study to determine if area voters would support a port district.
Mentioned during the recent GSI annual meeting, the idea of a port district has resurfaced several times among proponents who say it can help economic development.
GSI CEO and President Rich Hadley said on Friday that the group will likely create a task force from area officials and business leaders to study the idea.
State law allows counties and government bodies to form a port district and raise funds through taxes. Port districts can be formed anywhere regardless of proximity to water or an airport.
Districts can focus on adding infrastructure to attract businesses or help existing firms expand. That can range from building new roads to adding utility lines, Hadley said. They also serve as marketing arms, encouraging new investment.
In 2000 area officials studied the port district idea but shelved it when interest and momentum behindg the idea lagged.
Northwest MedStar, the air-transport medical service, is setting up a permanent base in Moses Lake.
For the past two summers the service has operated a helicopter day base about nine miles north of Moses Lake through an agreement with Grant County Fire District 5.
The decision by nonprofit INHS establishes a fulltime base, with a registered nurse, respiratory therapist, pilot and mechanic. They will handle emergency responses and assist in transports between regional hospitals.
A permanent hangar will be constructed later this year to house the helicopter.
The full-time base provides more direct air transport services and decreased response time for north central Washington, said an INHS press release.
SEATTLE — The companies planning to build a parts plant for
lightweight BMW cars have selected a site at Moses Lake in central
Washington because of the availability of hydroelectric power, The Associated Press reports.
The decision by SGL Group and BMW AG was announced today at a news conference in Seattle.
Gov. Chris Gregoire worked to land the factory. Its $100 million initial investment will create 80 jobs.
The carbon fiber parts made at the plant will be used in BMW’s upcoming Megacity electric vehicle. The urban car is set to be launched before 2015. It will be assembled in Leipzig, Germany.