Business Briefcase for May 12, 2013

Herald staffMay 11, 2013 

Honors, awards

— Two Tri-City businesses were among the 11 companies recently recognized by the Association of Washington Business for their commitment to philanthropy and corporate citizenship.

Tyson Foods of Pasco was recognized for education. Employees contribute time and money to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties and support Junior Achievement.

Fluor Federal Services of Richland was honored for continued commitment to education. The company donated laptops to 50 students at Pasco’s Columbia Basin College last year, and its employees are active on charity boards.

— Pasco’s Claar Wine Group was one of seven employers honored for progressive and environmentally sensitive practices by the Association of Washington Business on May 7. Claar Wine Group was recognized for resource conservation/pollution prevention, according to a news release. Receiving a 2013 AWB Environmental Excellence Award means the company has demonstrated environmental stewardship in everyday practices, according to a news release.

— Sunnyside School District Superintendent Richard Cole received the 2013 Robert J. Handy Effective Administration Award which recognizes outstanding public administrators in the state. Cole was chosen for his leadership of the school district, which he joined in 2007.

— Bruce Henrickson, a public affairs specialist at the Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District, has earned two national awards. He earned a first-place award in the Corps’s Locke L. Mouton competition for his year-long work on the Ice Harbor Dam 50th anniversary celebration. He also received a second-place award for his handling of information about the trashing of Illia Dunes on the Snake River and its cleanup.

— Hampton Inn in Richland recently was named one of the Hampton Hotels Circle of Excellence Award winners. The inn was honored for being among the top 10 percent of Hampton properties in service, product and quality. The hotel is at 486 Bradley Blvd., Richland.

— Lockheed Martin’s Richland-based creative and strategic services team recently earned five Emmy nominations from National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter. The nominations are for videos produced in 2012. Winners will be announced June 14 at a ceremony in Seattle. Entries were received from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

— Dana Jensen recently received Lockheed Martin’s Eagle Award. The award is presented to three of the company’s 28,000 employees. Jensen was recognized for outstanding leadership and achievement in creative development and marketing. She is the director of the Lockheed Martin’s Creative and Strategic Services in Richland and Washington, D.C.

— Walla Walla Public Schools recently announced its 2013 Partners of the Year. J.L. Stubblefield Trust, Big Blue Boosters, Abajian Toyota and Books for Babes were named this year’s partners. These organizations were honored as a part of the district’s Partners in Learning Month.

— The Pasco School District Public Affairs Department recently earned several awards at the Washington School Public Relations Association’s annual conference. The department received six awards of excellence for photography and an award for an events and activities booklet. The department also received an award of merit for an annual calendar and reference guide and for the branding and image of its 2013 bond campaign.

— The Association of Washington Businesses recently recognized several Washington employers for their philanthropy and community involvement. The association awarded the 2013 Community Service Award to 11 state employers, including Tyson Foods of Pasco and Fluor Federal Services of Richland.

— Farmer’s Exchange in Kennewick recently received the President’s Club award from the Toro Co. The award is presented to Toro lawn and landscape contractor equipment dealers in recognition of outstanding sales.

Donations

— The Tri-Cities Exchange Club recently donated $5,000 to the Support Advocacy and Resource Center in Kennewick, also known as SARC. The money will be used to educate local elementary school students.

— Bechtel National at Hanford donated $15,000 for the recent competition of Mid-Columbia and Yakima Valley students to build a better prosthetic arm. The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement, or MESA program, was sponsored by Bechtel with Battelle and HAPO Community Credit Union. About 240 students competed on 60 teams.

Grand opening

— Natural Selection Crossfit is holding a grand opening event to celebrate its new location. The gym’s event will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 6818 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite F.

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