Business Update: Larger apple harvest projected, Washington #1 in aerospace

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BUSINESS UPDATE  |  Aug. 15, 2019

Larger apple harvest projected for 2019 in Washington State

Yakima Herald

According to a forecast from the Washington State Tree Fruit Association, this year’s apple crop will be approximately 137.3 million 40-pound boxes, an increase of 18% from 2018’s yield. The apple harvest typically begins in late August and continues through November.

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Community-funded solar project pays off for investors

The Columbian

Approximately 700 customers of Clark Public Utilities will receive state incentive checks later this summer for investing in the utility's solar farm in Vancouver. Built in 2015, the $1.4 million solar project was funded entirely by community investors, with the average backer investing $2,000.

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Washington state is #1 state for aerospace


Once again, Washington state topped
PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PWC) latest list of best states for aerospace manufacturing. PwC's latest report also ranked the United States as the top country for aerospace attractiveness.

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Spokane's West Plains has $500 million of development planned

Spokane Journal of Business

With 4.7 million square feet of space currently planned or already under development and approximately 5,000 new jobs projected through 2026, the West Plains region of Spokane County has become an epicenter of growth for the Spokane area. The development is being led by a new $181 million Amazon fulfillment center, which is set to be completed in the fall, as well as a $60 million expansion of Exotic Metals' campus, which will add 350,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

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