Wednesday, December 18, 2013

GSI Spokane on the Hunt For Next CEO

Greater Spokane Incorporated has hired Waverly Partners to conduct an executive search for its next CEO.

The Cleveland-based firm will work with search committee members to identify the person who will replace Rich Hadley, who is leaving after 20 years as CEO. Hadley has said he’ll depart in May.

GSI is the Spokane area’s largest economic development agency, uniting the former Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Spokane Area Economic Development Council.

Board members Linda Elkin of U.S. Bank and Scott Morris of Avista will chair a 17-member search committee.

Hadley said the amount spent on the search will depend on how many candidates are reviewed and how many are brought in for visits. “Our committee has developed a profile with the experience and leadership characteristics of our preferred candidate,” Elkin said in a news release. “We are open to executives with backgrounds in economic development, chambers of commerce, business associations, other kinds of nonprofits, private sector or related experience with a commitment to our mission of business advocacy in this region,” she said.

Pulled from Spokesman Review Release: GSI Hunt for CEO

Saturday, December 7, 2013

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers to double production at Moses Lake Facility #INWRegion

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers to double production at Moses Lake Facility

Posted on Nov 19, 2013
SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers has started construction on phase 2

The Washington State Department of Commerce issued a press release today announcing that SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, a joint venture with German luxury automaker BMW, has been designated a project of statewide significance.

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers is investing $100 million to add two new production lines at its Moses Lake plant Commerce Director Brian Bonlender announced today. The company will double production capacity of its current operation, opened in 2012, in order to supply all of the raw carbon fiber used in BMW’s new electric vehicles.

The project of statewide significance designation is prescribed in state law to provide for coordinated efforts such as streamlined permitting in support of industrial development with broad and lasting economic benefits. Partners in the project include Grant County Economic Development, the City of Moses Lake, and the Port of Moses Lake.

“When we began working with SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers in 2009 they had plans for multiple production lines,” said Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of the Grant County EDC. “It is terrific to see them continuing to grow and be successful in our community.”

"I'm happy to congratulate SGL on their plant expansion," said Bill Ecret, Mayor of the City of Moses Lake. "SGL continues to play a major role in the City of Moses Lake, Grant County and Washington State's economy. The City of Moses Lake will continue working with its partners to support SGL's long term growth in our region," .

“This designation by the State will accelerate SGL’s expansion to meet market demand for a great new BMW automobile, one built with the least-cost and greenest industrial power in the U.S., right here in Moses Lake,” said Patrick Jones, Executive Director of the Port of Moses Lake. The SGL plant is located in the ASPI Technology Park near the Port’s airport industrial area.

“This expansion represents another exciting milestone for SGL and our state. Washington is a perfect match for companies dedicated to sustainable, innovative and high-quality industrial production, and I couldn’t be more pleased to participate in the development of this sector that is so important to the economic future of our entire state,” said Governor Jay Inslee.

SGL has been in discussions with Governor Inslee, Bonlender and local economic development leaders working to expand this ongoing partnership.  Inslee traveled to New York for the public rollout of the BMW i3 earlier this year to discuss the Moses Lake expansion and speak alongside the president of BMW.

“The SGL project aligns perfectly with Washington’s economic development comprehensive plan -- it is an ideal example of the cutting edge industries that we must compete for in order to secure our state’s long-term prosperity in the global innovation economy,” said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender.

Washington State’s reputation as one of the world’s premier locations for carbon fiber production and other advanced manufacturing activities is becoming more powerful every day, added Bonlender, who is returning this week from a trade mission to Japan and China with Governor Inslee and some 100 business, education and government leaders from our state.

A combination of abundant, inexpensive hydroelectric power, commitment to sustainable industrial development, and the world’s largest and most highly-skilled workforce built over 100 years of aerospace leadership, place Washington state in a unique position to capture future advanced manufacturing operations and jobs. Boeing 777x wing assembly and aircraft production in Snohomish County was the first ever proposal to receive the statewide significance designation from Commerce.