March 5, 2008





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Ballard Foundry Moving to Georgetown
Ballard Brass and Aluminum will move to Georgetown this summer after securing a long-term lease for a building where the company will be able to double in size.

The company has been owned since 2001 by Mark and Steve Morel, who trace their business roots to the Morel Foundry founded by their grandfather, Leon Morel Sr., in West Seattle in 1917. The foundry was subsequently run by their father, Leon Morel Jr.

The Morels have doubled sales at the Ballard foundry while developing prototype equipment and parts for customers ranging from John Deere tractors, to Seattle-based fishing boats, to "green" electrical generators. The new Georgetown facility will enable the Morels to create production lines in addition to prototypes work cells.

The move from Ballard was prompted by concerns about rising rents in north Seattle. The company considered locations outside Seattle before opting to stay in the city based on proximity to customers, suppliers and employees. Go to SI Online to learn more about the foundry.

The move comes in the wake of new city efforts to help companies like Ballard Brass stay in the city, including new zoning regulations and the Seattle First business retention program. For more information about these programs, call the Manufacturing Industrial Council (MIC) at 206-762-2470.

Downtown Truck Routes
The Alaskan Way Viaduct stakeholder group received a briefing on freight routes being considered as part of the plan to remove the Alaskan Way Viaduct in favor of a surface option. Fourth and Second Avenues in downtown Seattle would become major truck routes, according to the conceptual plans presented last week. Large trucks are presently banned from downtown during daytime business hours.

These ideas will be discussed at a special meeting of the Seattle Freight Mobility Advisory Committee that is being scheduled for the end of March. Stay tuned.

KCTS Highlights Industry
KCTS (Channel 9) will focus on Seattle manufacturing during the Tuesday, March 12 broadcast of "About the Money with Christine Chen." The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Interviews were conducted with Dave Moeller of Moeller Design, Johnny Bianchi of B&G Machine and Dave Gering with the MIC.

April 10 Forum on SODO Transportation Construction
A community forum will be held at the Diamond Club of Safeco Field on Thursday, April 10, starting at 8:30 am to discuss a series of major transportation construction projects that will get underway this spring. The forum will include presentations about completion of SR 519 adjacent to the sports stadiums and the repaving of 1st Avenue South, which is scheduled to begin this spring. City staff will be on-hand to discuss coordination of additional projects including construction of new ramps connecting 4th Avenue South to the Spokane Street Viaduct, major repairs to the south end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and repaving of Lander Street.

The forum will feature presentations and Q&A sessions with project managers from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). The forum is sponsored by the Duwamish Transportation Management Association and the event is open to all. RSVP by calling 206-762-2470.

Shoreline Master Plan Workshops
You're invited to help shape a vision for the future of Seattle's Shoreline. The Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is hosting seven Community workshops throughout the city in March. Link here for more information.

Lean and Green
Washington Manufacturing Services and the Washington State Department of Ecology will be holding a video teleconference statewide on March 25th to discuss new approaches to cost and waste reduction that improve a company's bottom line while reducing toxic emissions at the same time. For more information on the seminar click here
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Ballard Foundry Moving to Georgetown
Downtown Truck Routes
KCTS Highlights Industry
April 10 Forum on SODO Transportation Construction
Shoreline Master Plan Workshops
Lean and Green



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