Manufacturer Old Castle breaks ground on new plant, offices in Pierce County


    Oldcastle Groundbreaking

    A little wind and rain didn’t stop Oldcastle APG West from hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on March 10 for their new Paver Production Facility in Frederickson.

    Oldcastle, North America’s  largest manufacturer of building products, chose Pierce County for its new 55,000 square foot plant and 2,000 square foot offices. The facility will be constructed on their 28 acre site in Frederickson. The facility will employ about 75, and production is expected to  begin early 2017.

    Oldcastle is using local firms AHBL and HHJ, Inc. for project development and construction. At the groundbreaking, Oldcastle corporate management expressed thanks and appreciation to Pierce County for an outstanding team approach and quick response times in reviewing project permit applications.

    Annual meeting 2016 – Light sabers and South Sound surprises

    Dr. Ali Modarres, urban studies director at the University of Washington Tacoma, challenged the audience to imagine even more cooperation in economic development.

    The 38th Annual Meeting of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County was held March 2, 2016, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

    The Force was with us.

    In economic development “the Force” is the collective work we do to recruit and retain high-wage jobs in Tacoma-Pierce County. The more than 500 business, community and government leaders in attendance are all part of the network of private and public companies and organizations that deliver on this promise.

    The EDB just completed a 13 month capital campaign called Compete Every Day Forever that raised more than $6 million to fund our work program for the next five years. The board thanks all who stepped up and became EDB investors. For the few of you who are still pondering your commitment – please know, our door is wide open and the welcome mat is out!

    Watch on PCTV: Pierce County TV’s broadcast of the meeting on YouTube, or catch the rebroadcast on Channel 22 on Mondays at 5 p.m.; Tuesdays at 1 p.m.; and Saturdays at 10 p.m.

    Golden Shovel: This year’s winners are connected to … what else? The U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Click here for the winners.

    Keynote presentation: Click here to be taken to the UWT Urban Studies’ Community Resource page. Dr. Modarres’ presentation is the first link!