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Sound Glass celebrates 30-year anniversary with recognition at City Council meeting this month

Raise your Glass to 30-years of Business in Lakewood

Sound Glass celebrates 30-year anniversary with recognition at City Council meeting this month

Sound Glass recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary since opening in Lakewood, a huge milestone in the company’s ongoing success. Sound Glass opened for business on January 13, 1983 and began to grow immediately. Sound Glass has served over 150,000 homeowners, contractors, businesses since opening.

By the end of the first year in business, the company consisted of nine employees and four service trucks. Since then, Sound Glass has established two additional locations in Tacoma and Bremerton totaling over 60 employees and 30 service vehicles. This year, Sound Glass President Warren Willoughby foresees increased business, particularly in the commercial market due to contracts on the military bases and the upswing in remodeling and building business. This January was the company’s largest month on record.

As a nationally recognized glass and glazing company, Sound Glass has been honored as a Top 50 Glaziers by Glass Magazine over 4 times and as a Top 20 Glazing Contractor by U.S. Glass, Metal & Glazing Magazine.

“I chose to start Sound Glass after sizing-up the competition and deciding I could make a good run with potential to grow the business,” said Willoughby. “Thanks to the support of our customers, we’ve done just that.”

Apart from the company’s bottom line, Sound Glass is committed to giving back to the local community. Sound Glass supports the local YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Broadway Center for Performing Arts and donates various products and services to various charity foundations. Willoughby is also involved with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, Lakewood Rotary, Master Builders Association of Pierce County and the Better Business Bureau.

“Sound Glass is a pillar in the Lakewood business community,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “We are looking forward to recognizing Sound Glass’s anniversary at a City Council meeting in February.”

Lakewood Council Appoints City Attorney Wachter as Interim Manager

During a special meeting last night, the Lakewood City Council voted unanimously to appoint City Attorney Heidi Wachter as the interim city manager effective February 24, 2013. Wachter will take over interim duties after City Manager Andrew Neiditz departs to serve as the executive director for the newly established South Sound 911 agency.

Last week, the council approved a motion to hire a Seattle-based executive recruiting firm, the Prothman Company, to conduct search for a new city manager. Such a process typically takes around 3 months.

Ms. Wachter has served as Lakewood’s city attorney since 2002. Before that, she served as an assistant city attorney in Tacoma and as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Snohomish County. She earned a law degree from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. Ms. Wachter has been active in her profession, currently serving as Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Administrative Law Section and is a Past President of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys. She is an active member of the Clover Park Rotary Club and lives in Tacoma with her husband Neil and their three daughters.

Ms. Wachter remarked, “I am excited at this opportunity to serve the council, our citizens and city staff. Andrew Neiditz has developed a strong management team and we will all work together to ensure the next city manager can hit the ground running.”

CONTACT: Jeff Brewster — (253) 983-7761 or

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/8/2013

February 8, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC): The annual General Assembly of the PCRC was held in Fife on February 7th, with most cities and towns in Pierce County represented. Mayor Anderson, Deputy Mayor Whalen, Councilmember Barth, as well as the city manager, ass’t city manager/development, and public works director were in attendance from Lakewood. The guest speakers included Garrison Commander Chuck Hodges from JBLM, Kitsap Commissioner Josh Brown who is the president of the Puget Sound Regional Council, and Robert Puentes, a senior fellow from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Council. The focus of the workshop was on transportation infrastructure and its critical connection to the success of our regional economy.
  • CPSD board president and superintendent meet with mayor and city manager: Superintendent LeBeau and board president Carole Jacobs met with Mayor Anderson and the city manager on February 8th to review progress of the collaborative efforts between the City and the District.
  • Staff conducts business retention visits: Business Retention/Expansion (BRE) visits have been very active with staff meeting with 16 companies since the beginning of the year. The companies are quite a range from apartments, print shops, professional services, technical, hospitality and assisted living.
  • Staff meets with former QFC site brokers: Economic Development staff met with Cushman and Wakefield from Seattle, the listing agent engaged by Homestreet Bank to sell the former QFC site and adjoining properties. The goal for this team is to attract potential purchasers and have an offer in the month.
  • Economic Development staff attend EDB Health/Medical Services Cluster meeting: Staff attended the EDB Health/Medical Services Cluster meeting. The goal of this group is to better understand medical services assets in Pierce County and then eventually develop a strategy to grow that cluster to increase private investment and job creation.
  • Site visit with international food manufacturer: Economic development staff hosted a site visit for a new project with an international food manufacturer. While the building reviewed would not work for their project, they did provide a referral to another company they thought to be in an expansion mode and needing a presence on the West Coast.

Lakewood’s 11th Annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

Come join us on Saturday, March 2 at Lakes High School for a sweet treat while we celebrate that special bond little girls have with their fathers, uncles, brothers, grandpas and family friends.

The Daddy/Daughter Dance begins at 6pm with dancing, photos and a Black Bear Frozen Yogurt Sundae Buffet; choose from three types of frozen yogurt and lots of toppings. The event finishes up at 8pm; each daughter will leave with a beautiful, fresh red rose from Bed of Roses Florist and each father will receive a professional photo.

Refreshments and dancing the night away are all included in this special event. For more information or to register call (253) 983-7887 or visit us online at . The Daddy/Daughter Dance sells out every year, so be sure to register today!

This event is at a new location, Lakes High School (10320 Farwest Drive SW). The cost is $35 for each daddy/daughter couple and $10 for each additional daughter.

Contact Information: Amanda Richardson, Recreation Coordinator (253)983-7827

Lakewood City Council Appoints Helen McGovern to Position 5

Helen McGovern

After recognizing Doug Richardson’s 17 years of service, the Lakewood Council appointed Helen McGovern to fill the final ten months of his term. Mr. Richardson left the City Council in mid-January to serve on the Pierce County Council. Ms. McGovern will be formally sworn in to her new role prior to the Council’s next meeting on Monday, February 11.

Ms. McGovern previously served on the Council from 2001-2009, including two years of service as deputy mayor. She is a 26-year resident of Lakewood and served as co-chair of the Lakewood incorporation effort. Ms. McGovern has been involved in a variety of civic organizations such as the Clover Park High School PTSA, Partners for Parks, Clover Park Rotary, the City’s Redevelopment Advisory Board, and Lakewood Citizens for Fire Protection.

Ms. McGovern currently serves as the Executive Director for the Emergency Food Network. Prior to assuming that role in 2009, she worked in the commercial real estate industry.