For years, the baby products company Puj has been a baffling presence in downtown Vancouver. Even as the Vancouver-based company expanded nationally by selling through major retailers and online, the large showroom attached to the company's 20,000-square-foot warehouse remained empty. The private company's popular infant bath tubs and other products, intended to "simplify parenthood," in the company's words, were nowhere to be found in the building below the large Puj sign.
The Washington Department of Ecology said Monday that it issued a total of $341,015.41 in penalties, in increments of $1,000 or more, from October through December. Four Clark County companies were among those fined.
In the war against data breaches and stolen identities, companies and government agencies can't just rely on changing passwords. For those who need to protect state secrets or expensive intellectual property, one Vancouver company is building bulletproof cyber defenses.
Rappelling off the roof of a multistory building is not for everyone, certainly not the faint of heart. But for Greg Guetlin, a maintenance technician for A-1 Integrity, it's just a routine part of his work. "I really do enjoy my job and my co-workers, talking with my customers, and listening to podcasts on my headphones while I work. It's not too stressful."
Gray light floods every corner and bounces between bricks and beams on the wide-open third floor of the unfinished Hudson Building. Visible from the wide windows are other unfinished projects — the revitalization of downtown, the development of the waterfront — that the Hudson will stand watch over for years to come.
Leadership Clark County, a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic leadership development program, will hold a free information session 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the community room at 610 Esther St., Vancouver.