Study focuses on bolstering regional economy

By Aaron Corvin May 5, 2015 3:07 p.m.

A new study of the Portland-Vancouver region's economy spells out strategies for strengthening high-tech manufacturers, increasing supply chain opportunities and boosting exports. The study, announced by two regional economic development agencies Tuesday, calls for everything from more early-stage investment capital and state-funded development initiatives to an emphasis on workforce training.

Nautilus profits up sharply from year ago

By Aaron Corvin May 4, 2015 4:13 p.m.

Nautilus, the Vancouver-based manufacturer of fitness machines, said Monday it recorded a first-quarter profit of $10.73 million. That compares with a profit of $5.73 million in the January-to-March period of 2014.

Tidewater adds 3 towboats to fleet

By Aaron Corvin April 30, 2015 2:45 p.m.

Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, the Vancouver-based marine transportation business, is adding three towboats to its fleet of 16 vessels and 160 barges as part of its larger effort to move cargo along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Barrett Business Services adds 229 clients

By Aaron Corvin April 29, 2015 4:24 p.m.

Barrett Business Services Inc., the Vancouver-based supplier of staffing and outsourced human resources services, said Wednesday it added 229 new clients in the first quarter and that it will continue to monitor its workers' compensation costs.

Port of Vancouver calls for stricter oil-train safety rules

By Aaron Corvin April 28, 2015 5:09 p.m.

Opponents of proposed oil transfer terminal at the port say resolution comes long after initial concerns were raised

Panelists tackle wealth inequality

By Aaron Corvin April 24, 2015 5:35 p.m.

The wave of public discussion triggered by a French economist's best-selling treatise on the dangers of global wealth inequality made its way to Vancouver this week, with members of Clark College's faculty and area residents grappling with the book's ramifications.

Washougal Waterfront Park has a name

By Aaron Corvin April 24, 2015 6 a.m.

It hasn't been built yet, but it has a name.

Clark County job growth remains 'very strong'

By Aaron Corvin April 21, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Clark County's employment growth "remained very strong" in the 12 months ending in March, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, adding 6,700 jobs and posting an annualized growth rate of 4.8 percent.

Papa Murphy's balances success, controversy

By Aaron Corvin April 19, 2015 6 a.m.

As Papa Murphy's prepares to mark a successful first anniversary as a publicly traded corporation, current and former franchisees have updated their lawsuit against the Vancouver-based company. The new claims beef up an initial complaint filed last April, around the same time Papa Murphy's conducted its initial public offering of stock, that the company misled them about the challenges of getting into the take-and-bake pizza business.

Increase in oil trains heightens awareness of safety record

By Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip April 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Rail accidents happen in Clark County, and they happen regularly. Most go unnoticed by the public.

Port of Longview shows interest in siting oil refinery

By Aaron Corvin April 15, 2015 7:11 p.m.

Public records show the Port of Longview has discussed a 30,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery project with Riverside Energy, Inc.

Vancouver port OKs creation of plan for Terminal 1 site

By Aaron Corvin April 14, 2015 5:01 p.m.

Port of Vancouver commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to hire a global urban planning firm to craft a master plan for revitalizing the port's Terminal 1 waterfront property.

Christensen Shipyard shutdown a hard hit

By Aaron Corvin April 9, 2015 6 a.m.

For months, Christensen Shipyards, the financially troubled builder of yachts in Vancouver, left 38-year-old employee Matt James in the dark about its future, not to mention his.

Oil terminal foes set public forum for April 1

By Aaron Corvin March 26, 2015 2:57 p.m.

Opponents of a plan to build the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver are inviting the public to a forum aimed at detailing what they see as the project's threats to public safety and spelling out how people can help defeat it.

Vancouver yacht builder loses control of its assets

By Aaron Corvin March 24, 2015 5:10 p.m.

A Clark County Superior Court judge has appointed a receiver to assume control of the assets of Christensen Shipyards, a move that ultimately could lead to liquidation of the financially troubled yacht building company.

Clark County job growth remains 'very strong'

By Aaron Corvin March 24, 2015 4:59 p.m.

Clark County's employment growth "remained very strong" in the 12 months ending in February, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, adding 6,900 jobs and posting an annualized growth rate of 4.9 percent.

Strictly Business: Will jobs fall into tech gap?

By Aaron Corvin March 22, 2015 6 a.m.

I'm stuck. Stuck between two schools of thought about the inexorable shift toward higher levels of technology, toward the further distillation of automatic, mobile, social, virtual — everywhere, at all times.

Papa Murphy's posts 4Q profit of $2.8M

By Aaron Corvin March 17, 2015 4:50 p.m.

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc., the Vancouver-based parent of Papa Murphy's take-and-bake pizza chain, said Tuesday it posted a fourth-quarter profit of $2.8 million. That compares with a net loss of $2.9 million in the same October-to-December period a year earlier.

Co-owner sues Christensen Shipyards

By Aaron Corvin March 13, 2015 4:06 p.m.

Christensen Shipyards, the financially troubled builder of yachts in Vancouver, now faces a total of five lawsuits, including one leveled by Henry Luken, the deep-pocketed Tennessee businessman who owns 50 percent of the company.

Clark County's economy still 'very strong'

By Aaron Corvin March 10, 2015 5:22 p.m.

Clark County's economy "continues to be very strong," the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, adding 6,200 jobs in the 12 months ending in January and posting an annualized growth rate of 4.4 percent.

Vancouver port commissioners take issue with waterfront developer

By Aaron Corvin March 10, 2015 5:21 p.m.

What began as an expected step by the Port of Vancouver toward helping rejuvenate Vancouver's waterfront swerved Tuesday into a skirmish between port commissioners and project developer Barry Cain over Cain's opposition to building a rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal at the port.

Tetra Pak seeks to add 2 buildings

By Aaron Corvin March 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Tetra Pak, the Vancouver-based arm of a global builder of packaging for various foods and beverages, is seeking to expand its local plant to make room for new manufacturing equipment.

Port of C-W ready for building phase of major projects

By Aaron Corvin March 2, 2015 4:28 p.m.

The Port of Camas-Washougal is poised to launch several major construction projects, including a park and trail, and a building that will enable an existing tenant to expand.

Light bulb recycling program aims to protect environment

By Aaron Corvin March 1, 2015 6 a.m.

A new statewide light bulb recycling program is enlisting everyone from consumers and retailers to manufacturers to join the cause of keeping mercury from used light bulbs out of the food chain.

Groups seek roles in trial for oil terminal

By Aaron Corvin February 27, 2015 4:30 p.m.

The number of parties opposed to or concerned about a plan to build the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal in Vancouver piled up Friday, as initial preparations for the project's judicial trial took further shape.

Nautilus finishes '14 in financially fit fashion

By Aaron Corvin February 23, 2015 4:36 p.m.

Nautilus, the Vancouver-based manufacturer of fitness machines, wrapped up 2014 in strong financial shape, recording net sales of $94.93 million in the fourth quarter and posting a profit of $10.37 million in the three-month period ended Dec. 31.

Labor & Industries agent helps employees, mends fences

By Aaron Corvin February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

You might think it takes a bulldog to force employers who stiff their workers to cough up the money they owe under Washington law.

Oil terminal review gets new deadline

By Aaron Corvin February 17, 2015 5:17 p.m.

The state panel examining a proposal to build a rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal in Vancouver agreed Tuesday to extend to Nov. 1 of this year the deadline for completing the review and for making a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee.

Christensen sued by a supplier

By Aaron Corvin February 17, 2015 5:16 p.m.

A supplier to Christensen Shipyards has sued the Vancouver-based builder of custom yachts, alleging the company failed to pay more than $966,000 for materials and equipment used in the construction of hulls.

Port of Vancouver's Shuck leaving for oilfield services job

By Aaron Corvin February 12, 2015 4:54 p.m.

The departure of Curtis Shuck, with more than nine years at the port, including most recently as its senior sales director, “was purely voluntary on his part,” port Commissioner Jerry Oliver said today.

Port of Vancouver OKs sale of land

By Aaron Corvin February 10, 2015 1:17 p.m.

Critics call the port's decision to sell, rather than lease, land at Centennial Industrial Park short-sighted.

Gates closed at Christensen Shipyards

By Aaron Corvin February 9, 2015 7:55 p.m.

Workers arrived early Monday morning to start their day at Christensen Shipyards, the Vancouver-based builder of custom yachts, only to find the gates locked.

No decision on legal fight over port meetings

By Aaron Corvin February 5, 2015 5:31 p.m.

A Clark County Superior Court judge on Thursday heard arguments over how far three environmental groups should be able to push in seeking information to support their allegations that the Port of Vancouver illegally excluded the public from discussions of a proposed oil terminal lease.

Battered Barrett envisions brighter future

By Aaron Corvin February 4, 2015 4:51 p.m.

To say Barrett Business Services, the Vancouver-based human resources company, experienced a bumpy 2014 would be a bit of an understatement.

Clark Public Utilities' community solar program embraced

By Aaron Corvin February 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Residential customers of Clark Public Utilities are rapidly embracing the utility's efforts to build and operate its first community solar program.

L&I fines Motel 6 Vancouver for nine health violations

By Aaron Corvin February 2, 2015 4:25 p.m.

The state Department of Labor & Industries said Monday it has cited and fined Motel 6 Vancouver a total of $112,450 for multiple willful and serious health violations, including exposing workers to used hypodermic needles.

L&I fines Waste Connections, contractor

By Aaron Corvin January 28, 2015 5:24 p.m.

The state Department of Labor & Industries said Wednesday it has fined two Vancouver area companies a total of $177,600 for multiple safety violations at the West Vancouver Material Recovery Center.

County unemployment rate stays high amid job growth

By Aaron Corvin January 27, 2015 5:03 p.m.

Clark County's economy expanded in December with "very strong" job growth, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, It added 6,200 jobs over the year and posted an annualized growth rate of 4.4 percent.

Christensen Shipyards appears to be struggling financially

By Aaron Corvin January 26, 2015 5:18 p.m.

Christensen Shipyards, the Vancouver-based builder of custom yachts, appears to be struggling to pay its bills.

Political group sets sights on port

By Aaron Corvin January 21, 2015 5:37 p.m.

A new political action committee, calling the Port of Vancouver "out of touch with our community and the public interest," says it will provide campaign cash and grass-roots personnel to get candidates that share its values elected to the port's three-member board of commissioners.

Agency OKs preparation for oil terminal trial

By Aaron Corvin January 20, 2015 5:28 p.m.

The state agency that reviews major energy projects agreed Tuesday to launch preliminary meetings that will help set the stage for a courtlike trial of a proposal to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Sides at odds on oil terminal plan review

By Aaron Corvin January 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Opponents and backers of a proposal to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver are battling over the timing of legal proceedings that will help decide the proposal's fate.

Portland port passes on oil-by-rail terminal

By Aaron Corvin January 18, 2015 6 a.m.

The nation's public ports, focused on attracting industry and jobs, are largely known as agnostics when it comes to pursuing the commodities they handle.

CEO optimistic about economy, America's future

By Aaron Corvin January 15, 2015 4:48 p.m.

Jim Bowen, CEO of First Trust Portfolios LP, described himself as a right-winger as he delivered a bouncy, optimistic presentation about America's economy during an early-morning event held Thursday by Vancouver-based Riverview Asset Management Corp.

Port of Vancouver approves fruit processor lease on 2-1 vote

By Aaron Corvin January 13, 2015 3:56 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 on Tuesday to approve a new long-term lease for Northwest Packing Co. that reaches a compromise between the two parties about how much the fruit processor should pay in rent.

Port of Vancouver set to OK deal with Northwest Packing

By Aaron Corvin January 13, 2015 6 a.m.

The Port of Vancouver is poised today to put the final touches on resolving a dispute with a tenant, Northwest Packing Co., over how much rent the fruit processor should pay.

Request denied in oil proposals

By Aaron Corvin January 7, 2015 5:58 p.m.

The state agency that decides major energy projects denied a request on Wednesday that it take over the environmental impact review and permit decisions of two proposed oil-by-rail operations in Grays Harbor County.

Utility invites residents to invest in solar energy

By Aaron Corvin January 7, 2015 6 a.m.

Residential customers of Clark Public Utilities may now sign up to invest in solar energy, the utility said Tuesday, as it expects to have a community solar project up and running by June.

Groups' suit makes new claims against Vancouver port

By Aaron Corvin January 7, 2015 9:37 a.m.

Three environmental groups that accuse the Port of Vancouver of violating Washington's open public meetings law in approving a lease for an oil-by-rail terminal now allege port commissioners used not just one but multiple closed-door meetings to illegally exclude the public from their discussions of the project.

Economic expansion in Clark County looks hot

By Aaron Corvin December 23, 2014 5 p.m.

Clark County's economy expanded in November "at a blistering pace," the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, adding 7,000 jobs over the year and posting an annualized growth rate of 4.9 percent.