Columbia Sportswear eyes Vancouver

By Aaron Corvin November 20, 2014 5:36 p.m.

Columbia Sportswear, the Portland-based maker of jackets and other outerwear, is considering expanding into Vancouver, city and company officials said Thursday.

Vancouver port budget OK'd; oil plan draws fire

By Aaron Corvin November 18, 2014 4:44 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver will head into 2015 anticipating higher operating revenue from a new initiative: a lease deal to move agricultural products from North Dakota to Vancouver on rail cars that would otherwise run empty. Meanwhile, the port will take no increase in its property tax as part of its budget for next year.

Mailer touting oil terminal plan features key error

By Aaron Corvin November 17, 2014 5:46 p.m.

The two companies proposing an oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver have blanketed Clark County with about 136,000 mailers touting the project's positive economic impacts, including $2 billion in "added economic value" and more than 1,000 jobs annually.

Papa Murphy's posts 3Q net loss of $788,000

By Aaron Corvin November 13, 2014 3:40 p.m.

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc., the Vancouver-based parent of Papa Murphy's take-and-bake pizza chain, said Thursday it posted a third-quarter net loss of $788,000. That compares with a net loss of $395,000 in the same July-to-September period a year ago.

Barrett's financial report for 3Q delayed

By Aaron Corvin November 12, 2014 3:18 p.m.

Barrett Business Services said Wednesday it will be late in filing its financial report for the three-month period ending on Sept. 30.

Class-action suit targets Vancouver's Barrett

By Aaron Corvin November 10, 2014 4:57 p.m.

Investors in Barrett Business Services have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Vancouver-based provider of employment services, alleging the company violated federal securities laws by misleading shareholders about its market value.

Port of Vancouver, Tesoro-Savage meeting raises questions

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood November 9, 2014 6 a.m.

The Port of Vancouver, already facing one lawsuit accusing it of violating Washington's open public meetings law, has left the public in the dark more than once in landing one of the largest financial deals in its history, an investigation by The Columbian has found.

Battle Ground company fined $86,800 for safety violations

By Aaron Corvin November 5, 2014 10:17 a.m.

The state Department of Labor & Industries has cited Andersen Plastics $86,800 for major safety violations

Nautilus shows strength in third quarter

By Aaron Corvin November 3, 2014 4:21 p.m.

Nautilus Inc., the Vancouver-based manufacturer of fitness machines, flexed financial muscle in the third quarter, recording net sales of $59.06 million and posting a profit of $2.48 million.

Consultant: Savvy plan, vibrant buildings will boost downtown

By Aaron Corvin October 23, 2014 5:32 p.m.

By taking a savvy approach to signing up new tenants and focusing on sprucing up buildings and streetscapes, Vancouver's downtown property owners will make further progress in developing a lively mix of businesses and pedestrians in the city's core, a Portland consultant said Thursday.

Washougal job-creation projects eyed

By Aaron Corvin October 23, 2014 6 a.m.

A new community development entity in Clark County is asking the U.S. Treasury for the right to sell tax credits to raise as much as $30 million in investment capital to finance the construction of job-creating projects in Washougal.

Clark County wage gap has grown since 2002

By Aaron Corvin October 21, 2014 8:43 p.m.

Clark County employers are expanding payrolls and the jobless rate is falling, but wallets aren't getting fatter, according to a new analysis by Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department.

County economy gains strength

By Aaron Corvin October 21, 2014 4:47 p.m.

Clark County's economy showed continued strength in September, adding 400 jobs over the month in seasonally adjusted numbers and bringing total growth for the past 12 months to 5,900 jobs.

Clark Public Utilities board race pits two veterans

By Aaron Corvin October 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Although it's a nonpartisan race devoid of any campaign-defining controversies, the two candidates for Clark Public Utilities commissioner aren't shy about zinging each other over who's a better fit for the job.

Port of Vancouver mulls land sale for new steel mill

By Aaron Corvin October 9, 2014 5:40 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver would sell 9.6 acres to a company seeking to build a manufacturing plant under a proposal headed to the port’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The planned 160,000-square-foot steel tubing mill could employ up to 50 people.

Technology ideas shared at local gatherings

By Aaron Corvin October 9, 2014 6 a.m.

The hurdles to launching a tech startup may be fewer than ever. If you've got talent, Internet access and moxie to burn, the leap is yours.

Foes see partiality in oil terminal review process

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood October 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Ever since Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies proposed an oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver, company and port officials have said that the state energy facility siting panel's rigorous review would address threats to safety or the environment.

Port of Camas-Washougal proposes park on waterfront

By Aaron Corvin September 29, 2014 4:05 p.m.

The Port of Camas-Washougal has filed a request with the city of Washougal seeking preliminary site plan approval to build a 5.73 acre waterfront park along the Columbia River.

Teresa Brum: Committed to downtown revitalization

By Aaron Corvin September 28, 2014 6 a.m.

When Teresa Brum joined Vancouver's Community and Economic Development Department in January, the city gained a well-educated leader with experience in both the public and private sectors. Vancouver's downtown, meanwhile, welcomed not only a new champion of its continued progress but a new resident, too.

Ex-employee sues Vancouver's Barrett Business Services

By Aaron Corvin September 25, 2014 4:26 p.m.

A former employee of Vancouver-based Barrett Business Services Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the human resources company, alleging it withheld income from him, violated his contract, misrepresented the terms of his employment and wrongfully fired him for reporting corrupt practices.

Clark County economy adds 5,800 jobs over 12 months

By Aaron Corvin September 23, 2014 4:52 p.m.

Clark County's economy expanded by 5,800 jobs in the 12 months ending in August, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, posting a growth rate of 4.2 percent and recording a preliminary unemployment rate of 7 percent.

Investment board expands choices to consider climate change risk

By Aaron Corvin September 19, 2014 6:21 p.m.

The Washington state agency that manages billions of dollars for public employee pensions and retirement accounts has expanded its investment choices to include consideration of the risks of global climate change.

Analysis takes jab at Vancouver waterfront plan

By Aaron Corvin September 18, 2014 7:43 p.m.

The companies seeking to build the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver have thrown a counterpunch at the developer who argues the terminal will severely curtail his plan to construct a $1.3 billion commercial/residential redevelopment of the city's waterfront.

Study asserts Vancouver waterfront project 'not viable as conceived'

By Aaron Corvin September 18, 2014 3:08 p.m.

A market analysis commissioned by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies says a plan to redevelop Vancouver's waterfront "is not viable as conceived," which makes arguments that the companies' proposed oil-by-rail terminal will negatively impact it "irrelevant."

Study: Washington, Oregon invest in fossil fuel projects

By Aaron Corvin September 17, 2014 5:45 p.m.

State investment boards in Washington and Oregon are "bankrolling" oil, coal and gas infrastructure, a new analysis asserts, despite public calls by those states' governors to shift to renewables to fight global climate change.

Port of C-W to consider oil-by-rail resolution

By Aaron Corvin September 15, 2014 5:28 p.m.

Port of Camas-Washougal commissioners on Tuesday will discuss whether to make a statement about the movement of oil by rail in Clark County and Washington state.

Vancouver council sets emergency meeting on oil moratorium

By Aaron Corvin and Stephanie Rice September 10, 2014 6:51 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council will vote at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, on an emergency six-month moratorium “on applications for new or expanded crude oil facilities” at a special meeting at City Hall.

Port, tenant clash over lease

By Aaron Corvin September 10, 2014 5:25 p.m.

Northwest Packing Co. and the Port of Vancouver appear no closer to resolving their ongoing landlord-tenant dispute over how much rent the food processor should pay.

Overflow crowd at port opposes oil terminal

By Aaron Corvin September 9, 2014 4:28 p.m.

Oil terminal proposal at Port of Vancouver continues to generate opposition

Longshore union touts 'superior' grain pact

By Aaron Corvin September 8, 2014 7:32 p.m.

The question of who got the upper hand — labor or management — in a recent contract agreement that ended two years of strife between union dockworkers and grain export terminal operators may never be fully answered.

Strictly Business: Oil terminal fight gets a new player

By Aaron Corvin September 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Add yet another player to the multifaceted battle over whether Vancouver will make room for the Northwest's largest oil transfer terminal: Heartland LLC, a Seattle-based real estate advisory and investment firm.

Plan to tap federal tax credits advances

By Aaron Corvin September 4, 2014 3:18 p.m.

Work to tap a federal program to spur private investment and to create jobs in east Clark County is moving forward with the establishment of an agency to manage the effort and final touches on a business plan that's expected to be filed with the U.S. Department of the Treasury in October.

Community solar program pursued

By Aaron Corvin September 2, 2014 6:55 p.m.

Clark Public Utilities is pursuing a community solar project that would allow customers to purchase a stake in putting electricity generated by the sun onto the grid.

Port to rent rail cars in deal with N. Dakota

By Aaron Corvin August 27, 2014 6:36 p.m.

Aiming to boost trade between North Dakota and the Pacific Rim, the Port of Vancouver has launched a new venture of leasing rail cars to move agricultural products to the West Coast.

Port of Vancouver to lease rail cars to boost trade

By Aaron Corvin August 27, 2014 1:58 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver has launched a new venture in which it will lease rail cars to move agricultural products west.

Port's director given 3 percent raise, to $197k

By Aaron Corvin August 26, 2014 5:37 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an annual salary of $196,980 for the port's executive director, Todd Coleman. That's up 3 percent from $191,243. The board made the decision retroactive to Jan. 1.

Small-business owners voice opposition to oil terminal in Vancouver

By Aaron Corvin August 26, 2014 5:40 p.m.

Opponents of building the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver packed a hearing room Tuesday to keep up their criticism of port commissioners and to urge them to reconsider their lease decision.

Longshore members ratify contract with grain operators

By Aaron Corvin August 26, 2014 5:35 p.m.

Workers will return to United Grain in Vancouver, other terminals on Wednesday

Vancouver oil terminal effort given new name

By Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip August 20, 2014 5:58 p.m.

The two companies proposing to build the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver plan to release a new economic analysis of the project during an invitation-only event Friday. Meanwhile, Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies are calling their joint venture by a new name: Vancouver Energy.

Oil terminal review process extended

By Aaron Corvin August 19, 2014 5:29 p.m.

The state panel reviewing a proposal for an oil-by-rail transfer terminal in Vancouver agreed Tuesday to extend to early next year the timeline for completing a review of the proposal and for making a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee.

County economy adds jobs, continues to strengthen

By Aaron Corvin August 19, 2014 4:26 p.m.

Clark County's economy expanded by 6,100 jobs in the 12 months ending in July, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, posting a growth rate of 4.4 percent and plunging its preliminary unemployment rate to 6.3 percent, down from 9.5 percent a year ago.

Papa Murphy's sees second quarter loss

By Aaron Corvin August 13, 2014 5:02 p.m.

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc., the Vancouver-based parent of Papa Murphy's take-and-bake pizza chain, said Wednesday it recorded a second-quarter net loss of $1.6 million. That compares with a net loss of $6,000 in the same April-to-June period a year ago.

Pollard, other opponents again ask port to reconsider oil

By Aaron Corvin August 12, 2014 8:50 p.m.

Opponents of building the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver renewed their calls on the port Tuesday to re-open its lease for the project, approved in 2013, and to conduct a public hearing in light of new information about safety problems and other risks.

Tentative agreement reached in N.W. grain terminal dispute

By Aaron Corvin August 12, 2014 7:15 p.m.

A bitter two-year labor dispute that engulfed everyone from Vancouver police and Washington’s governor to state and federal agriculture officials may have ended, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Northwest grain terminal operators have reached a tentative contract agreement.

Regional workforce council adds 12 members

By Aaron Corvin August 12, 2014 6 a.m.

The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council said Monday it has added 12 members to boost its ability to collaborate with key growth industries and to further line up its training and employment services with industry needs.

Oil terminal backers seek documents of opponents

By Aaron Corvin August 8, 2014 7:38 p.m.

The companies proposing the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver are digging for information about two major roadblocks standing in their way: the Vancouver City Council's resolution opposing the oil terminal and the $1.3 billion plan to redevelop the city's former industrial waterfront.

Port of Vancouver faulted in grain-inspection dispute

By Aaron Corvin August 7, 2014 6:39 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says "the Port of Vancouver has not been enforcing its rules of conduct” to enable state or federal grain inspectors to safely move through a picketed gate to reach United Grain’s export facility.

Feds decline to take over grain inspections at Vancouver port

By Aaron Corvin August 5, 2014 7:24 p.m.

Add the federal government to the growing list of agencies that are staying out, for now, of a thorny situation in which a lack of inspections has forced United Grain Corp. — operator of the largest grain elevator on the West Coast — to largely halt its export operations.

Nautilus has unusually strong 2nd quarter

By Aaron Corvin August 4, 2014 5:19 p.m.

Nautilus Inc. on Monday reported something it doesn't usually report in the second quarter: robust sales, and a decent profit, too.

State panel reaffirms: Zoning permits oil terminal

By Aaron Corvin August 1, 2014 7:58 p.m.

The state panel reviewing a proposed oil transfer terminal in Vancouver issued an order Friday confirming that the site where it would be built is appropriately zoned for such a purpose.