Industrial Machinery and Supplies
Bread tie machines, Yakima racks, fruit sizing equipment, and food packaging technology: these are just some of the innovations born in Yakima County. Local machinery manufacturers are complemented by key industrial supply manufacturers that serve customers around the world. Low cost electric power, nationally recognized technical training schools, and the region's superior logistical location help this sector thrive.
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- Yakima County’s primary operating cost factors (labor, electricity, real estate, etc.) are far below the national average, and nearly 20 percent lower than that of larger regions like Seattle.
- The region enjoys a strong multi-modal transportation network, including abundant sites with highway frontage or proximity, many served by rail. Paired with the Yakima Valley’s proximity of Portland and Seattle and their higher value-added industrial manufacturers, this represents a significant advantage for industrial machinery and supply companies
- The city of Yakima (and surrounding municipalities) enjoy some of the lowest local tax rates in Washington state. These low rates are enhanced by tax incentives that can further reduce a machinery or supply manufacturer’s sales taxes or business and occupation taxes.
Industrial Machinery Companies
Industrial Supply Manufacturers
Key Support Companies
Wage & Employment Data
|OCCUPATION||MEDIAN HOURLY||ANNUAL AVERAGE|
|Industrial Production Manager
|First Line Supervisors - Production
|Human Resource Manager
|Bookkeeping, Accounting, Auditing
|Office Clerk, General
|Structural Metal Fabricators/Fitters
|Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators
||230* (2011 data)
||$18.82* (2011 data)
|Cutting/Punching Press Machine Operators
|Coating/Painting/Sprayers Machine Setters
|Industrial Machinery Mechanics
|Helpers - Production
|Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 2013
"Our fixed overhead, land & buildings, is 20 to 30% cheaper than Seattle or Spokane." - Gary Christensen, President, R.E. Powell Distributing