March 12, 2008

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Nucor Steel Growing
Production and jobs are growing at Nucor's West Seattle steel plant as result of the growing international appetite for steel. The Washington State Department of Ecology and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency recently approved a new permit that will allow Nucor to increase production by 38%, from 795 tons to 1.1 million tons per year.

With this increase, the company will add a production shift of 20 to 25 new workers to the present payroll of 290. Nucor workers earn a wage and profit-sharing package that averages about $95,000 per year. The company estimates the production increase will add about $12.2 million annually in new payroll and local taxes while increasing City Light Revenue by almost $5 million.

The West Seattle plant recently began shipping billets to plants in the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan where they are converted into rebar for new highways, bridges and high rise buildings throughout Asia.

Washington Manufacturing Up
The upward trend slowed, but growth continued for manufacturing in western Washington in February, according to a regional survey of supply managers. The report by the National Association of Purchasing Management Western Washington (NAPM-WW) shows that February manufacturing activity here rated a 61 score on its scale of 50. Numbers below 50 mean business is contracting. Numbers above 50 show business is growing. The February score for U.S. manufacturing was 48, according to the national survey by the Institute of Supply Management.

Exports Set Record
U.S. exports grew by 13% in 2007, reaching a record value of $1.6 trillion, according to a report March 11 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. That represented 12% of US GDP in the fourth quarter of 2007, up from 9% of GDP in 2002 and 5% of GDP in 1967.

Entries now being accepted...
2008 Marine Environmental Business of the Year Award
Nominations are being accepted for companies that exemplify innovative and effective environmental initiatives that support Seattle's maritime industry efforts towards becoming the "cleanest, greenest, most energy efficient Port in the region." The Port of Seattle and the Seattle Propeller Club will present this first annual award at the Seattle Maritime Festival Luncheon on Friday, May 2, 2008.
Click here for a pdf with information regarding eligibility, selection criteria, how to enter and application. Applications are due by Friday, April 11.

Water Dependent??
Seattle's Shoreline Master Program affect land uses, setbacks, public access, bulkheads, docks, piers and construction practices.
Results from the March 2008 workshops being conducted by Seattle Department of Planning and Development will DIRECTLY DETERMINE FUTURE POLICY DEVELOPMENT. If your business is along Seattle's shoreline then someone from your organization should attend one of these DPD workshops. Please forward this eBulletin to potentially interested parties.
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Click here for DPD Shoreline Master Plan Update


April 10 Forum on SODO Transportation Construction
A community forum will be held in the Diamond Club at 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 projects include completion of SR 519 adjacent to the sports stadiums, repaving of 1st Avenue South and construction of new ramps connecting 4th Avenue South to the Spokane Street Viaduct. Other planned projects include 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.

What's SPU Doing in South Park?
Learn about Seattle Public Utilities' plans for rebuilding the South Recycling and Disposal Station and for improving drainage in South Park at an Open House Tues, Mar 25, 6-8 pm, South Park Community Center (8319 8th Ave. S). Click here for more information.



Nucor Steel Growing
Washington Manufacturing Up
Exports Set Record
Entries now being accepted...
Water Dependent??
April 10 Forum on SODO Transportation Construction
What's SPU Doing in South Park?



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