Hanford History

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation is one of the most contaminated sites in the United States. The reservation comprises 586 square miles in southeastern Washington bordering the Columbia River. The area is home to nine mothballed nuclear reactors and five former processing facilities that were built during World War II and the Cold War. Plutonium from Hanford was in the “Fat Man” bomb that was dropped over Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945. Hanford reactors produced plutonium from 1944 until 1987. Now, thousands of Hanford workers are trying to clean up some of the most hazardous waste— both chemical and radiological— known to man.

SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
For more information about the Hanford
site, visit Hanford.gov.

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
 
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
 
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
 
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.