The Voice for Industry
June 9, 2010
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SODO Inc. is a short-term job training program for young adults that includes four weeks of training and four weeks of job experience. Since the program was established last summer, 117 young people have enrolled, 100 made it through training, and of that number, 60 successfully completed the job experience.

But, the numbers don't tell the whole story. Much of the target audience is comprised of young people who have created major barriers for themselves in finding gainful employment. For this population, the SODO Inc. completion rate is unusually high and 14 of the interns wound up getting full-time jobs (and benefits) from the employers.

The third round of SODO Inc. will kick off in July, but before it does, Seattle Industry wanted to acknowledge the contributions (and patience) of the participating private companies and public agencies. So, we're throwing a barbeque for them Friday, June 11, 4-6 pm at the Manufacturing Industrial Council compound at 6770 East Marginal Way.

Admission, food and drinks are free. RSVP with Pam at 206-762-2470 or

The employers are:

ASKO Processing, Balancing Services, B&G Machine, Baley Roofing, Brace Point Railings, Bryant Concrete, Cascade Gasket, CDL Recycle, City of Federal Way Parks Department, Highland Refrigeration, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Laird Plastics, MC Electric Vehicle, Metro Wastewater Treatment, Northwest Grating, Outdoor Research, Pacific Fisherman Shipyards, Puget Sound Coatings, RID OF IT, Roadlink, Rottler Manufacturing, SeaTac Marine, City of Seattle Parks, Star Kids, The Finish Company, The Rudd Company, Washington Chain, Western Logistics and Western Neon.

SODO Inc. is a partnership between King County, South Seattle Community College, the Duwamish Apprenticeship and Education Center, the Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center and the Manufacturing Industrial Council with funding from the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.

$25Million in Federal Grants Are Available to US Manufacturers – Why Not a Washington Company? Why Not Your Company?

The America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) was enacted to invest in innovation through research and development and to improve the competitiveness of the United States. CREATES created the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) to support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need.

Area of Critical National Need: Manufacturing

The goal of the research outcome/impacts from this competition is to provide manufacturers and end users improved access to adequate quantities of materials based on new advances at competitive costs that allow evaluation and utilization of these materials in innovative ways, and new manufacturing processes that can transform the way products are made.

TIP's $25 million funding strategy for this competition will emphasize three important elements:

1) Process scale-up, integration and design for materials advances;
2) Predictive modeling for materials advances and materials processing; and
3) Critical process advances related to the manufacturability of materials and manufacturing of both new and existing products.

These three elements of the societal challenge of accelerating the use of materials advances and advances in critical processes will be addressed as outlined in the white paper "Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing: Materials Advances and Critical Processes" (

More information on the grant process can be found at:

The NE 45th Street Viaduct will Close from June 14 – September 10

SEATTLE— The NE 45th Street Viaduct's existing west approach is nearing the end of its structural life and needs to be replaced to maintain a safe and efficient travel corridor for vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. SDOT will replace the 468-foot west approach during the University of Washington's summer session when traffic volumes are lighter. Between June 14 and September 10, the viaduct will be completely closed to all traffic, pedestrians and bicycles.

The NE 45th Street viaduct is a major thoroughfare in northeast Seattle. It connects I-5 and the University District to the Northeast Seattle neighborhoods, the University Village, the University of Washington's Husky Stadium, Seattle Children's Hospital, and businesses along Sand Point Way NE.

The contractor has begun site preparation activities near the NE 45th Street Viaduct. During the closure period this summer, traffic will be detoured to nearby major arterial streets including 25th NE and NE 65th Street to the north, and Montlake Boulevard NE and NE Pacific Street to the south. Please see the project Web site at for specifics on detour routes and options to bike, bus and walk around the area.

SDOT will host an open house on June 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the University Heights Community Center (5031 University Way NE) to talk with neighbors about construction impacts and prepare the traveling public for the closure and detour.

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