Nov 26, 2019
Suji Park earlier this year moved the headquarters of Suji's Korean Cuisine from Nebraska to Seattle, hired chef Anjana Shanker as director of culinary innovation and opened a test kitchen. Shanker comes from Modernist Cuisine. Park founded her first New York-style brunch restaurant nearly 15 years ago in Seoul. She now operates multiple restaurants, delis and cafeterias in Seoul and Tokyo. Suji's Korean Cuisine sells frozen Korean entrees primarily in Safeway and Albertsons grocery stores in parts of Oregon and Washington.
The city of Tacoma hired Laurie Hardie as safety director. Hardie has 16 years of safety experience, with stints as division safety manager at WestRock in Atlanta, operations supervisor for industrial and commercial operations at Republic Services in Bellevue, and senior safety specialist for FedEx in Pittsburgh. She begins next week at the city.
Anne Toulouse, senior vice president of communications at Boeing, will retire at year end after 30 years with the company. Toulouse started as a media relations manager at McDonnell Douglas, which Boeing later bought, and advanced to lead Boeing's global brand-building programs. Boeing will name a successor in the near future.
The city of Kenmore is seeking volunteers to serve on a financial sustainability plan task force from January to May of 2020. The city said its revenues are not keeping pace with the cost of doing business and it faces an upcoming structural deficit in its operating budget. The new task force will make recommendations to the city manager on how to resolve the deficit. Task force members can be residents, business owners or employees of businesses in the city. The deadline to submit a letter of interest is Dec. 2. More information is at https://tinyurl.com/Kenmore-taskforce.
Seattle-based Amazon said it will open a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Auburndale, Florida. The center will employ 500 full-time workers earning at least $15 an hour. Workers will pick, pack and ship large customer items, such as patio furniture, kayaks and bicycles. Prologis is the project's developer.
Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike struck an intellectual property licensing deal with Handsfree Labs, a Utah developer of a shoe component that allows wearers to put on and remove shoes without using their hands. Nike also made a strategic investment of an undisclosed amount in Handsfree.
In Seattle, Lease Crutcher Lewis promoted Geoff Anderson to vice president of project planning and delivery. Anderson joined the company 24 years ago as a project engineer and rose to project manager and then director of preconstruction. He continues to lead the preconstruction group while overseeing cost control, scheduling and project management in Washington.
Mortenson's Seattle Operating Group hired Jeremy Holland as market executive for its environmental and infrastructure projects. Holland has 23 years of engineering experience, serving as project principal, technical advisor, project manager and design engineer. He comes from HDR, where he was vice president and water client development leader in Oregon. He is based in Portland, but travels around the Pacific Northwest to Mortenson projects.
In the Puget Sound area, Graham Construction & Management added several staff: superintendent Kimo Cambra and senior HSE coordinator RJ Kiesel Kauhane to the 1200 Stewart project in Seattle; construction manager Patrick Webber and senior project coordinator Ray Pinney to the 707 Terry project in Seattle; superintendents Mick Sheedy and Buck Loshbaugh to the First Light project in Seattle; senior project manager Shelton Burch, superintendent Michael Racek and project coordinator Kyle Snyder to the Alexan Central Park project in Redmond; senior project manager Dave Schroeder, superintendent Travis Rea, senior project coordinator Michael Cunningham and foreman Harrison Humphrey to the Alexan Shoreline project in Shoreline; superintendent Curtis Gilley to the Ballard Blocks II project in Seattle; and superintendent Jason Schmidt, project coordinator Phoebe Mayer and senior project coordinator Esther Yuen to the Waterfront Place Central project in Everett.
In Seattle, Skanska raised $287,000 for Rainier Scholars at the seventh annual Bricks & Books Auction. Rainier Scholars helps low-income students of color gain access to quality education. Skanska also sponsors Rainier Scholars' annual luncheon and hires interns and full-time employees from the program.