Business Update: Clean Energy Fund grant awarded to sustainable animal feed startup, Sea-Tac study completes first phase

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Clean Energy Fund grant awarded to sustainable animal feed startup


Beta Hatch, a Seattle-based company that is developing sustainable animal feed and crop fertilizer, was recently awarded a $937,800 grant by the Washington State Department of Commerce as part of the state’s $8.2 million Clean Energy Fund. Beta Hatch breeds insects, specifically mealworms, and converts them into high value proteins. Construction of the company’s first production facility in Cashmere is set to begin in October.


Sea-Tac Airport completes first phase of expansion project

Seattle Times

Last week, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport officially opened eight new gates at its north satellite terminal. The expansion is part of the Port of Seattle’s North Satellite Modernization Project, which is set to be completed by 2021 at a cost of $658 million. The rest of the project includes bringing the 45-year-old north satellite terminal building up to seismic code, increasing the total amount of gates to 20, and doubling the current amount of dining and retail spaces.

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Sheet metal manufacturer to build new facility in Spokane Valley

Spokesman Review

Spokane-based Krueger Sheet Metal has filed plans to build a new 60,000-square-foot production facility and a 67,500-square-foot warehouse in Spokane Valley’s northeast industrial area. The family-owned business, which has offices in Seattle and east Spokane, installs sheet metal, roofing and metal siding.

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Amazon plans ambitious expansion on Seattle’s eastside

Puget Sound Business Journal

Amazon has filed a pre-application to develop a 43 story, 1 million-square-foot office building in Downtown Bellevue on a 3.5-acre site that the company purchased earlier this year. The building is expected to be finished by 2024, and will have room for over 6,600 employees. Amazon currently has 543 open jobs in Bellevue, and plans to have 4,500 employees in the city by 2022. Based on real estate plans, the Puget Sound Business Journal estimates that Amazon will eventually have room for over 25,000 employees in Bellevue.

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