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.
Economic development is a team sport - success depends on the coordinated efforts of many. We are proud of our public and private funders. They represent the composite leadership of our Valley and New Vision's investors are our association's biggest asset. Last month we started sharing profiles of some of our investors. This month we profile Fextex, Canopy County RV and Valley Processing
Fextex is a Yakima based specialty contractor that helps customers design and install commercial water and wastewater treatment facilities. The company has been in business since 1991 and works throughout the Pacific Northwest. Fextex has worked on tribal, medical, state park, apple packing, casino and housing projects - typically helping customers select, design and build above and below ground water treatment systems.
Canopy Country is a recreational vehicle dealer with locations in Union Gap and Ellensburg. The company was started in the 1970s. Current owner Todd Munson has been with the company since 1998 and bought the business about five years ago. Canopy Country sells new and used recreational vehicles carrying Jayco, Forest River, Keystone and Riverside fifth wheels, trailers and motorhomes. The company also stocks a complete parts department and can fix just about any recreational vehicle on the road today.
Valley Processing is a Sunnyside based food processor that makes fruit juices, purees, and essences. The company was started in the 1980s by the Bliesner family and they still run Valley Processing today. The Bliesners have successfully grown Valley Processing into one of the largest privately held wholesale juice manufacturers in the nation. I think this is because MaryAnn Bliesner is one of the best business executives around - she is always at the top of my list when someone asks me about our region's top women in business. Recently Valley Processing finished a plant renovation project that positions them for success in the years ahead.
We appreciate our local investors like Fextex, Canopy Country and Valley Processing and wish them all continued success.
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