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.
Local civic and business leaders recently joined forces to celebrate the opening of a new blueberry packing facility in Grandview recently. Olsen Brothers celebrated the fast track completion of their new building with a special ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. The company built the facility to support their move into fresh packed organic blueberries.
The new building is located within the Port of Grandview's Wallace Way business park. As a result of the Port's planning and preparatory activities, the Olsen's building was finished in 80 days. According to New Vision's Tammy Everts, "We do not know of any other building within our region or the state that has gone up so quickly. The Port secured key environmental permits for this site years ago and as a result the City is able to issue permits immediately for most projects. In many jurisdictions a company would be just getting started on a facility like this."
The Olsen Brothers plan to hire 30-35 seasonal workers to pack blueberries over the summer. The company is also considering packing other fruit at the facility once it gets up and running with blueberries.
Our congratulations go to Olsen Brothers, the Port of Grandview, the City of Grandview and Columbia River Steel (the building contractor). This is a great project for the Yakima Valley.