By Aaron Corvin May 29, 2013 3:56 p.m.
Hospital nurses locked in a labor dispute with PeaceHealth in Bellingham brought their concerns to the company’s Vancouver headquarters Wednesday, protesting management cost-cutting proposals they say will hurt nurses and the patients they serve.
By Aaron Corvin May 27, 2013 5:06 p.m.
In their effort to grab a piece of Nike Inc. for Clark County, it's no secret that state, regional and local economic development officials considered putting taxpayers on the hook to help acquire a hot — but complicated — property and then lease it to the Fortune 500 apparel giant.
By Aaron Corvin May 23, 2013 5:18 p.m.
When Vancouver-based PeaceHealth and University of Washington Medicine recently trumpeted a new partnership, their announcement came with big plans to better serve patients and to coordinate care — all with the goal of meeting the looming demands of federal health care reform.
By Aaron Corvin May 21, 2013 5:30 p.m.
Clark County's economy continued to expand in April at a healthy annualized rate of roughly 2 percent, a state Employment Security Department report showed Tuesday, with payrolls fattening in several sectors, including construction, manufacturing, and leisure and hospitality.
By Aaron Corvin May 19, 2013 6 a.m.
It's a reflection of the Port of Vancouver's desire to do the right thing that it held a public workshop last week to discuss how to handle crude oil safely, including how to clean up potential oil spills in the Columbia River.
By Aaron Corvin May 16, 2013 5:37 p.m.
Preparing for an influx of patients in October, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center has kicked off a $6 million project to remodel and equip a portion of the hospital, including the addition of four labor and delivery rooms, and one new surgical suite.
By Aaron Corvin May 14, 2013 6 a.m.
Clark County's largest nonprofit jobs promoter and business recruiter is launching a new bimonthly series of networking events aimed at bringing the leaders of local technology companies together to kindle ideas, and to boost the industry's growth and competitiveness.
By Aaron Corvin May 1, 2013 7:18 p.m.
Preparing for a large labor protest, Vancouver police arrived at the Port of Vancouver this morning with a dozen police cars and two motorcycles. No illegal incidents occurred, and there was no large crowd, according to a police spokeswoman.
By Aaron Corvin April 30, 2013 6 a.m.
It's no secret the Port of Vancouver wants to move westward, expanding, installing more rail and inviting additional employers to set up shop.
By Aaron Corvin April 28, 2013 6 a.m.
Washington state officials, eyeing the rare opportunity to capture a big piece of a Fortune 500 corporation and to transform Clark County's economy with one masterstroke, pursued a planned expansion by Nike Inc. with everything they had.
By Aaron Corvin April 25, 2013 5:42 p.m.
There's a chance your job exists because of Washington state's strong links to international trade — built on road, river and rail connections. And if you think moving goods and services regionally and around the world just adds to the traffic jam during your morning commute, think again.
By Aaron Corvin April 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Barrett Business Services Inc., the Vancouver-based supplier of staffing and outsourced human resources services, reported surging net revenue Wednesday, hauling in $111.6 million in the January-to-March period. The company's revenue is up 35 percent from $82.4 million in the first quarter of 2012.
By Aaron Corvin April 23, 2013 6:05 p.m.
Clark County's slowly recovering economy maintained that pace in March, a state Employment Security Department report showed Tuesday, by eking out 100 new jobs in a month that typically sees a decline in payrolls.
By Aaron Corvin April 22, 2013 1:51 p.m.
Tesoro Corporation and Savage Companies say they'll construct and operate facilities to store, load and unload crude oil at the Port of Vancouver.
By Aaron Corvin April 22, 2013 6 a.m.
Part 1 of a 3-part series: Conflict over the Columbia River Crossing has fractured Clark County as proponents of a new bridge say the project will spur the sluggish economy and ease traffic congestion in the region while critics say it's too costly and includes light rail that many people do not want.
By Aaron Corvin April 17, 2013 6 a.m.
Earth movers trundle over mounds of dirt where roads and utilities will open the way for new businesses at the Port of Vancouver. By the end of August, the port's $5.3 million investment on this long-dormant 108 acres will have bought infrastructure for about half of the new Centennial Industrial Park. The goal: attract businesses that will provide 500 family-wage jobs.
By Aaron Corvin April 14, 2013 6 a.m.
Clark County's political and business leaders who've steered the county's growth strategy for decades are under fire by critics girding to capsize their priorities. Most business and civic groups, as well as local governments, see a new Interstate 5 bridge as a main ingredient of Clark County's future prosperity. But their critics aim to sink the proposed CRC, in part because the $3.4 billion Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project will bring light rail into Clark County. If they're successful, CRC opponents will tear into the very fabric of the leadership elite's sense of what the county needs to thrive.
By Aaron Corvin April 12, 2013 8:33 p.m.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, in its dispute over a new employment contract with Northwest grain terminal operators, views a temporary agreement it signed with U.S.-based Temco as a road map for resolving its differences with three other companies.
By Aaron Corvin April 11, 2013 5:08 p.m.
The relocation of at least 500 people employed by the telecom firm Integra from Portland to a portion of the former Hewlett-Packard campus in Vancouver may be a harbinger of additional lease deals at the 735,000-square-foot site at 18110 S.E. 34th St.
By Aaron Corvin April 3, 2013 11:45 a.m.
Vancouver-based PeaceHealth and Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives say they've suspended talks over forming a 50-50 partnership aimed at launching a massive new health care network in the Northwest.
By Aaron Corvin March 26, 2013 7:37 p.m.
Five years after the first financial catastrophe of the 21st century, Clark County is finally flexing some real muscle, dropping its role as an economic laggard, exceeding the growth rate of the nation and pulling closer to that of the state, the most recent labor market data show.
By Aaron Corvin March 26, 2013 9:23 a.m.
Port of Vancouver Commissioner Jerry Oliver, whose current six-year term ends Dec. 31, says he'll run for re-election to the port's three-member board.
By Aaron Corvin March 24, 2013 6 a.m.
Hospitals are supposed to be places of healing, but Washington's hospitals are becoming places of conflict between religion and government over health care services.
By Aaron Corvin March 20, 2013 7:26 p.m.
Union dockworkers, locked out for more than three weeks in a contract dispute with United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver, say the company and two other operators of Northwest grain-export terminals have agreed to return to the bargaining table.
By Aaron Corvin March 20, 2013 6 a.m.
The Columbia River Economic Development Council, Clark County's largest nonprofit jobs promoter and business recruiter, has launched a new website offering a more user-friendly format and up-to-date information about the state and local business climate.
By Aaron Corvin March 11, 2013 11:34 p.m.
The divorce is final. Clark County government and its erstwhile economic development contractor — the Columbia River Economic Development Council — have officially parted ways, Lisa Nisenfeld, president of the CREDC, said Monday.
By Aaron Corvin March 7, 2013 7:56 p.m.
All union dockworkers walked off their jobs at the Port of Vancouver for an hour this morning, apparently in a show of support for fellow union members in their dispute with United Grain Corp.
By Aaron Corvin March 6, 2013 4:33 p.m.
President Obama has appointed Chandra Brown, vice president of Oregon Iron Works, as the U.S. Department of Commerce's deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing.
By Aaron Corvin March 5, 2013 6:05 p.m.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union filed an unfair labor practice charge Monday against United Grain and its Japanese parent company, the union said in a Tuesday morning statement.
By Aaron Corvin March 4, 2013 8:51 p.m.
United Grain Corp., locked in a contract dispute with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union at the Port of Vancouver, has filed a lawsuit against the union official it alleges sabotaged the company’s equipment, accusing him of causing more than $300,000 in damages to the company.
By Aaron Corvin March 4, 2013 4:38 p.m.
Nautilus Inc., the Vancouver-based manufacturer of fitness equipment, reported robust financial results Monday, including a fourth-quarter profit of $13.6 million, with one senior official calling them "the best operating results we've reported in over five years."
Anyone involved in the winter tourism industry knows what uncertainty feels like.
By Aaron Corvin March 1, 2013 7:28 p.m.
Union dockworkers and United Grain Corp. launched a fresh round of maneuverings Friday over their three-day standoff at the Port of Vancouver. Developments included a letter — obtained by The Columbian — that was sent by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to United Grain and other grain terminal operators. The letter urged the terminal operators to return to the bargaining table sometime in the next two weeks in light of a separate deal the ILWU struck with another company.
By Aaron Corvin March 1, 2013 7:21 a.m.
A sense of anticipation and dread settled over the standoff between United Grain Corp. and union dockworkers at the Port of Vancouver on Thursday, with the company’s managers taking on cargo-handling duties as locked-out union members expected replacement workers to be brought in soon from out of state.
By Aaron Corvin February 28, 2013 11:15 a.m.
In a letter sent Wednesday to United Grain and the ILWU, Port of Vancouver Executive Director Todd Coleman outlined the port's expectations of both parties in their dispute over a labor contract
By Aaron Corvin February 27, 2013 6:45 p.m.
Wednesday's lockout by United Grain — following months of contentious negotiations between it and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union — triggered a fresh round of finger-pointing, prompted union picket lines to form and left a ship hauling more than 1,800 Subaru vehicles unable to unload its cargo at the port.
By Aaron Corvin February 26, 2013 4:46 p.m.
The Port of Vancouver will secure a $50 million line of credit from KeyBank to pay for rail and other public works projects, thanks to a unanimous vote Tuesday by the port's Board of Commissioners.
By Aaron Corvin February 25, 2013 4:49 p.m.
The Port of Vancouver's three elected commissioners are poised today to secure a $50 million line of credit to help pay for the port's rail and other public works projects. They're also expected to review the annual salary of the port's executive director, Todd Coleman, who would add managing that line of credit to his other responsibilities.
By Aaron Corvin February 24, 2013 5:59 a.m.
With regional and international lines of business, the Port of Vancouver maintains a steady mission: boost industrial and marine growth, and create jobs.And, for several years now, it’s been a heady time for the port — the third-largest port in Washington and the second largest on the Columbia River. Counting everyone from China and Japan to Europe and South America as trading partners, the 100-year-old port’s business is 85 percent exports and 15 percent imports. It handles everything from steel and wind turbines to automobiles and bulk minerals. Occupying four miles of waterfront, the port has no encroachment problems from urban development.Its 2,127 acres of property includes more than 100 acres ready for development and — on its west side — more than 500 acres planned for future development.