Biz Bits: Business news from Snohomish County


Firm hires electrical project manager

Engineering-construction consulting firm Sparling has added Joseph Hower as an electrical project manager at the company’s Lynnwood office. Hower has more than 26 years of experience in the design of electrical and lighting systems. Currently, he is providing project management for City of Seattle Fire Station 22, Amazon 1915 Terry Avenue, Swedish Medical Group Renton Landing Medical Office Building, and 2nd and Pike Tower.

LoanStar in Everett adds branch support manager

Erik Noet recently joined LoanStar as a branch support manager at the Everett branch. Noet attended Kamiak High School in Mukilteo and studied forestry at the University of Washington. Prior to coming to LoanStar, he worked as a branch support manager at Mortgage Advisory Group, and was a director of operations at Metropolitan Mortgage Group.

Port of Everett official appointed to board

Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson has appointed John Klekotka, the chief of engineering and planning at the Port of Everett, to represent public ports on the Transportation Improvement Board. Klekotka’s term is effective immediately and expires in June 2018. He will be eligible to serve another four-year term.

Environmental firm hires four

Landau Associates has hired Carlo Evangelisti, Celene Christensen Blair, and Tony MacDonald at its Edmonds office. Evangelisti is the new senior engineer in the Edmonds Geotechnical group. Blair is a staff geologist in the Edmonds Environmental Remediation group. MacDonald is an office technician.

New director of quality at Diamond Knot

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing has announced the addition of a director of quality to its operations. Aaron Brodniak is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran with more than 18 years of craft brewing experience who has transitioned to the brewing industry. Brodniak has also held the title of head brewer for a microbrewery and regional brewer for a chain of brewpubs.


Snohomish County PUD crew lauded

A total of 23 Washington men and women, including a PUD crew from Everett, received the Governor’s Lifesaving Award at the 63rd Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference on Sept. 25 in Spokane. The Everett crew came to the aid of a bicyclist involved in a crash. Their actions are credited with saving the man’s life.

Monroe company receives ‘Excellence Award’

Monroe-based Canyon Creek Cabinet Company has been recognized by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties for a Trades Remodeling Excellence Award. Canyon Creek was one of 25 subcontractors that were chosen for outstanding professionalism and workmanship. Chermak Construction of Edmonds nominated Canyon Creek Cabinet Company for this award.

Environmental firm takes green pledge in Edmonds

The City of Edmonds recently recognized Landau Associates for its commitment to green business practices and pledge to participate in the City’s Edmonds Green Business program. The company formed an internal sustainability committee in 2007 to further its goal of conducting business with the lowest possible impact to the environment.

State revenue department wins honor

A creative use of geographic information systems to assess property earned the Washington State Department of Revenue top honors from the International Association of Assessing Officers. Revenue received the 2014 Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award for its property tax GIS application. The association gives the award to an agency that has implemented a new approach to assessment that increases fairness.

Good deeds

Lynnwood elementary receives iPads

A special assembly was held on Sept. 24 at Meadowdale Elementary in Lynnwood to dedicate a new Apple iPad Learning Lab. Funds for lab equipment were generated from a spring 2014 event hosted by a partnership between Jacksons Food Stores and the Dairy Farmers of Washington. A total of 16 iPads were donated.


Radio show focuses on insurance, financial planning

Insurance and financial planning are the topics on “Getting Your Dough to Rise,” KSER 90.7 FM and KXIR 89.9 FM’s monthly personal finance show hosted by Chuck Noel. The program airs from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Richard Ek and Andria Bovey are among the guests. Listeners are invited to call with questions during this segment to 425-303-9070.

Port, city of Everett hold joint meeting on waterfront project

The Port of Everett and the City of Everett are hosting an open house to share information on new plans for the Waterfront Place Central Development. The event is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a brief presentation at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Waterfront Center Blue Heron Room, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett.

P.F. Chang’s horse statue in Lynnwood to be painted pink

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, P.F. Chang’s restaurant in Lynnwood will raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s fight against breast cancer with the “Paint P.F. Chang’s Pink” rally event. Employees, breast cancer survivors and the community will paint the restaurants’ iconic 11-foot warrior horse pink for the month of October.

Solar tour planned in Mount Vernon

The public is invited to tour the office of Fire Mountain Solar and the next door home of the owners, Tim and Alana Nelson, to see a grid-tie solar system in action. This free event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at 18388 Periwinkle Lane in Mount Vernon. More information is at

Ladies’ day out planned at Tulalip Cabela’s

Cabela’s at Tulalip will celebrate the growing number of women enjoying the outdoors with Ladies’ Day Out from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4. The first 100 women to check in at the store on event day will receive a free gift and all who participate in the event will qualify for the employee discount on all purchases.

Everett dentist to help uninsured

North Creek Dental Care will host a day of free dentistry for uninsured low-income adults from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at 12806 Third St., Everett. The event is first come, first served. There are no appointments. Call 425-745-3766 for details.

Stanwood clinic offers medical screenings

Skagit Regional Clinics in Stanwood are offering various medical screenings from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 9 at 9631 269th St. NW in Conference Room A/B. These include cholesterol, diabetes, vitamin D and bone density screenings. For cost and information, call Skagit Regional Health at 360-629-6481 or 360-814-2424. No appointment or pre-registration is required.

Arlington hospital’s foundation host run

The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation will be hosting the first ever Cascade Color Run at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at President’s Elementary School in Arlington. Runners, walkers and strollers will be showered with non-toxic powdered dye as they conquer this fun 5K. For more information, or to register, visit

Future of Flight’s foundation to host gala, auction

The Future of Flight Foundation will hold its annual Gala &Auction, “I Believe I Can Fly,” starting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Future of Flight Aviation Center, 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo. To purchase seats, preview or donate auction items for this event, or call 425-438-8100 ext. 230.

Brew &Bluegrass fundraiser to aid Clothes For Kids in Lynnwood

Lynnwood-based Clothes For Kids has announced the next Brew &Bluegrass fundraiser. The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell. Proceeds benefit Clothes For Kids. To purchase tickets, go to

Tickets for Taste of Tulalip event on sale

The Annual Taste of Tulalip’s Magnum party will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 for those who purchase a Saturday All Access ticket. It includes a cooking demonstration, wine seminar, Rock &Roll Challenge and the Grand Taste. Tickets are $350 per person. To purchase All Access admission, go to

Classes, workshops and webinars

Liqueurs workshop planned in Snohomish

“The Art of Liqueurs,” a two-day workshop on crafting specialty liqueurs, is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3 at Skip Rock Distillery, 104 Ave. C, Snohomish. The instructor is award-winning distiller Ryan Hembree. Both novices and experienced crafters are welcome. For more information, including costs, visit

State revenue agency hosts webinar for nonprofits

To help nonprofits understand how taxes apply to their activities, the Washington State Department of Revenue will host a free live webinar for nonprofit organizations from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 8. Register by Oct. 3. Details are at


Bank asks for cute dog photos

1st Security Bank is holding its “Most Awesome Dog Contest” for the second year in a row. Send in a clear, color, web-ready impage of your pooch (no humans) to Include the pet’s name and breed, your name, email address, ZIP code and phone number. Then, get your family and friends to like the bank’s Facebook page. Photos will be reviewed and then posted through Oct. 24 when the contest closes. The dog with the most “likes” wins. Employees of 1st Security Bank and past winners are not eligible to participate or win.

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FAA restricts Boeing 787s powered by some Rolls engines

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Southwest rushes engine checks amid first-of-its-kind crisis

Ultrasonic examinations of the fan blades on its CFM56 engines will be completed within 30 days

Washington unemployment rate at 4.8 percent

The largest job gains last month were in manufacturing retail trade and leisure and hospitality.

Amazon cuts a deal with Best Buy, broadens global reach

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IRS online payment site fails on tax day (April 17)

The agency said it would not punish people if their returns arrive late because of the glitches.

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