Owners: Jeff Stallings, Jeffery Beardemphl, Ned Witting; Bruce Dammeier (not shown here).
2012 marks the 10-year anniversary for this top ten Puget Sound area printer. This growing manufacturer has a lot to celebrate with 81+ employees, a brand new $1.5 Million printing press, and a solid track record. They are one of only two privately owned firms in the state to have two of these large format presses.
The company was formed in 2002 when the founding members purchased Valley Press in Puyallup. Running out of space just two years later, in 2004 they moved to the 512 Business Park here in Lakewood and shortly after decided to purchase their 40,000 square foot space in 2006. While hundreds of people were being laid off in the industry, Print NW was hiring. “We have good jobs and great people,” said Partner Jeff Stallings. He also said, “We’ve achieved longevity through creativity, partnerships, reliability and our ability to evolve and listen to our customers.”
The Name of the Game is Spoiling the Customer
McLane Northwest is a Division of McLane Company. McLane Company was founded by the McLane family in 1894 in Cameron, Texas. Since that time, McLane Company has grown from a local merchant to an international distribution and logistics leader. Today, McLane is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. and distributes food and non-food products to more than 50,000 customer’s locations around the world, including:
- Convenience Stores
- Mass Merchandisers
- Quick Service Restaurants
- Drug Stores
- Movie Theaters
From Inception to Perfection
Perry and Penny Preston, with the help of son Ethan and lots of family and friends, officially launched Stina’s Cellars from a home garage operation to a store front in 2006. An unfavorable first attempt at winemaking in 1996 fostered a challenge resulting in the wide variety of high quality wines at affordable prices that we enjoy from Stina’s Cellars today.
Over the first ten-year span from inception to perfection, Perry experimented with grapes and processes, entered many contests at fairs and food & wine festivals, winning numerous awards. Expect to find these fine wines at major festivals and events around the sound, at Ocean Shores, and from Edmonds to Vancouver.
A labor of love and evolution, the company currently offers 11 varieties, both reds and whites at a retail price range of $14 to $20. But hurry, these wines are only available while supplies last and you may need to wait for the next creation. Stina’s is now available at 100 retail store locations and online.
"Making Life Easier for our Military and Law Enforcement Heroes"
In 1998, in a garage with two sewing machines, Logan Coffey began his civilian career producing American made tactical gear. After experiencing firsthand the serious deficiencies of military issue equipment while on active duty, Logan knew he could do better. Today, Tactical Tailor, Inc. has grown into a full fledged manufacturing company, supporting over 100 employees with a 50,000 square foot factory, a full service retail and custom shop, and an extensive dealer network that stretches across the globe. Current staff includes dedicated sales teams, in-house art and marketing, professional product designers, engineers and, of course a talented team of experienced seamstresses. The future looks even better for Tactical Tailor as the company plans to expand its Lakewood operations as well as open satellite offices on the East Coast.
Pacific Western Lumber (PacWest)
(From left to right: Bill McGovern, Joe Nealon, Mike Betz, Dave Betz, Dan Spriestersbach)
Adapting in a Volatile Marketplace
Mr. Joe Nealon, President of Pacific Western Lumber (PacWest) has dedicated 41 years to the timber and lumber business. He started PacWest 26 years ago right here in Lakewood along with Bill McGovern, Dan Spriestersbach and Dave Betz.
The company is a broker/wholesaler of lumber products and exclusive provider of “Woodguard” a boric acid treated plastic coated lumber mainly used for horse fencing/residential guaranteed applications and playground equipment. Only about 10% of their products are sold here and the rest is sold outside the state, making them a primary business that brings in new money to the economy. PacWest’s primary focus is on U.S. sales however, they also sell to Canada and Mexico. Pacwest also has a branch sales office in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
The lumber business itself has been quite volatile. Mr. Nealon sees an eroding supply chain and that is of concern. Most of this he feels has to do with public policy allowing materials and processes required to produce these products. The industry has seen increasing raw materials costs while lumber product prices have been in decline. This has been going on for several years creating an industry in disarray with little hope for a turnaround any time soon.