Academy of Interactive Entertainment Lands at the Seattle Center

 
 

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), a non-profit academic institution providing vocational training for the digital media industries, signed a lease with the Seattle Center and will be opening their doors to students in June, according to a press release jointly issued by the AIE and the Washington Interactive Network, an industry association representing the local gaming industry.

"The AIE looks to be another welcome addition to Seattle's growing range of educational resources for students seeking a practical, real-world education," says Scott Steinberg, lead technology analyst for TechSavvy Global. "Offering results-oriented instruction in digital media, 3D graphics and video game development, the local high-tech and gaming communities are pleased to have such an acclaimed source of insight and talent located just around the corner.”

“The AIE will provide students with real world skills that employers look for in grads that are applying for a job in game development as a programmer, artist, or engineer,” says Dr. Christopher Erhardt who is heading up the new campus. “We are offering 2-year advanced diplomas and 1-year certificates in game development targeted at the casual and social game sectors as well as focused courses in Screen & Media, Computer animation and digital post production F/X for students interested in getting into film animation.”

With over 150 interactive media companies in the local game industry, the Seattle region’s strong interactive media cluster was a major decision point for AIE. “Education is a strong cornerstone for growing our local workforce which is a driving need for our local industry,” said Kristina Hudson, Director of enterpriseSeattle’s Washington Interactive Network. “In the next few years, we have the unique opportunity to be the global center of game and interactive media development and IP creation, if we stay competitive with our education, taxes, and incentives.”

 

 

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.