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Have You Heard What's Happening in Grant County?

Posted on May 29, 2015

Warden

Main Street Hardware & Supply in Warden, WA is expanding its footprint. The hardware store carries tools, plumbing, paint, electrical, hardware, lawn & garden supplies, kitchen, bath, barbecues, lawn mowers, propane, patio furniture. They also carry ammo, knives, and a whole host of other items. If they don't have it, they can get it.

CHS Sun Basin is moving rapidly along with construction of its new fertilizer storage facility in Warden, WA. Located on 12 acres the facility will store 2.8 million gallons of liquid fertilizer, and 15,000 tons of dry fertilizer. Future plans at the site include offices and a maintenance building. The facility is on track to be operational in spring of 2016.

Quincy

Work is almost complete on the first phase of Microsoft’s newest data center facility in Quincy, Washington. Microsoft already operates three other centers in Quincy and when the new phase is complete its Quincy operations will be one of the largest data center campuses in the world. The idea that data centers don’t create very many jobs is just not true. Microsoft, along with six other data center companies, employ a full time work force of more than 600 people. Eighty percent of these jobs pay more than $30.00 an hour which is roughly double the average wage in the region. This is in addition to the hundreds of temporary construction jobs created when the facilities are initially built.

Moses Lake

Work continues on AeroTEC’s new hangar at the Grant County International Airport. Once completed, the hangar will be used by AeroTEC and Mitsubishi Aircraft to test the new Mitsubishi Regional Jet. This will bring approximately 150 pilots, engineers and aerospace technicians to Central Washington for about a three year period. Once the Mitsubishi Regional Jet has been certified the hangar will be used for testing and certification of other newly designed aircraft.

Carl's Jr. opened its first location in Grant County Washington in April with a location at the junction of Interstate 90 and State Highway 17. Sixty people have been employed to operate the fast food restaurant. The Grant County EDC and Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce helped facilitate meetings with Carl’s Jr. at the International Council of Shopping Center’s trade show in 2013 and 2014.