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May 4, 2010 in Business
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Kate Lampson and her family build and ship cranes all over the world from their facilities in Pasco and Kennewick, Wash. She called the cranes pictured in this April 29, 2010, photograph “babies” compared with two the company is manufacturing for customers in China and Japan.

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Ironworker Ty Cheromiah, of Kootenai, Idaho, grinds smooth some weld spots on a crane counter weight assembly April 27, 2010, at Lampson International in Kennewick. Cheromiah was hired last October and was helping other ironworkers build a crane to be sent to China.

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Ironworker Dalis Weideman moves a crane hoist drum at the Lampson production facility April 27, 2010, in Kennewick.

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Scale models of Lampson cranes sit in the company’s Kennewick headquarters’ windows overlooking the Columbia River.

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Bill Lampson, president of Lampson Intl, talks about the company in Kennewick on April 27, 2010.

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Kate Lampson, of Lampson International, talks about the crane manufacturer in Kennewick on April 27, 2010.

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Jeff Tow, left, and Jared Gosney of Ti Lite assemble collapsible titanium wheelchairs at the Kennewick business April 27, 2010.

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Flames and a skulls are etched into the titanium rails of a $10,000 wheelchair at Ti Lite in Kennewick on April 27, 2010.

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Titanium wheelchairs are readied for shipping from the dock of the Ti Lite facility in Kennewick on April 27, 2010.

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David Lippes’ company, Ti Lite, which make titanium frames for wheelchairs and bikes, has outgrown its facilities in Kennewick. He plans to move to a larger location in the area.

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Kory Stevens, of Ryan Rhoten Construction, hoists a wall into place on a new home site in the Hanson Park development April 27, 2010, in Kennewick. More than 500 building permits were issued during the first quarter of 2010 in the Tri-Cities, double the number for the last quarter of 2009, and triple the activity of a year ago.

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Jonny Cantu, of Ryan Rhoten Construction, measures lumber for a wall of a 2,400-square-foot home in Kennewick’s Hanson Park development April 27, 2010.