Yakima County Development Association - About Our Team: New Vision Investor Spotlights

Jonathan Smith

The President’s Pen is a weekly blog written by Jonathan Smith, New Vision’s President and CEO about local economic development projects and initiatives. It also covers economic trends, workforce issues, business climate policies, and manufacturing news. 



About Our Team:  New Vision Investor Spotlights

About Our Team: New Vision Investor Spotlights

September 11, 2014

Our association is all about building economic success together.  We enjoy over 260 public and private "investor" members and want to start highlighting information about some of our great supporters.  This month we profile Pacific Steel, Puterbaugh Construction and Roche Fruit.

alt textPacific Steel and Recycling is an employee owned steel distributor and metals recycler with a newer facility in Terrace Heights.  The company operates 46 branch offices throughout the Pacific Northwest, Intermountain West and Canada.  Tim Orth is the local manager for Pacific Steel and Recycling.  He said the Yakima facility's revenues have grown seven fold since they added a recycling operation.  Pacific has gone from seven to 27 employees as a result of this growth.  The company handles both consumer and commercial recycling, so they will  take everything from aluminum cans and cardboard to heavier items like steel and iron.   Pacific also obtained a special certification so it can accept old computers and electronics.  You can find Pacific Steel's public recycling center at 409 Butterfield Road in Terrace Height.  They are open M-F from 8-5 and can be reached at  (509) 453-1852.

alt textPuterbaugh Construction is a full service industrial contractor based in Grandview.  With nearly sixty years in business, the company has done everything from manufacturing facilities to dairy parlors to cold storage facilities.  Gary Beavan is Puterbaugh's general manager and Terri White is their marketing manager.  Terri says business is great right now and added that doing crack and joint repairs in concrete floors is one of the company's unusual specialties.  Puterbaugh can be reached at (509) 882-2419 or projects@puterbaughconstruction.com

Roche Fruit is a family owned company that will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year!  Michael Rochealt text runs the company these days - he represents the fourth generation of family members involved with the business.  Roche incorporates 1,500 of its own acres along with many other growers to supply fresh apples all over the world. The company also slices and dices apples under the Jewel Apple name and was one of the first players in the industry to offer these value-added products. 

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