The Costs and Benefits of "Big City" Life in Seattle


A new "state of Seattle" survey by public relations firm Weber Shandwick suggests that while more Seattleites feel secure in their jobs than in the rest of the country, more residents here are concerned about the lack of civility in the city, particularly on the roads. Here are the results of the survey:



  • Among those employed, job security is high with 91 percent feeling at least somewhat secure about their current job situation. This is an 8 percent jump from a year ago when 83 percent felt the same way.
  • More than half (52 percent) of Seattle residents believe the state of the U.S. economy is weak, while 53 percent feel the economy will be stronger a year from now.


  • Many Seattle residents (71 percent) believe that the general tone and level of civility is a problem where they live, with 21 percent saying it is a major problem. By comparison, 63 percent of Americans say incivility is a major problem for the country today. Almost a third of residents feel the general tone and level of civility where they live will get worse during the next few years. Nationally, 55 percent think the general tone and level of civility in the country will get worse.
  • Two-thirds of Seattleites report having experienced incivility on the road, which is higher than the national average (Seattle: 68 percent vs. National: 60 percent).
  • Seven in 10 residents say men are more uncivil than women.


  • Forget what the rest of the country thinks— 72 percent of Seattleites are satisfied with the weather while 47 percent say transportation/traffic issues are the number one thing they would like to change about the city. Only 11 percent said they’d change the weather.
  • As in previous years, Seattle residents continue to describe Seattle as environmentally conscious (2012: 77 percent, 2011: 74 percent, 2010: 77 percent). However, 64 percent of those who are working or in school say they drive solo when commuting daily to work or school.
  • Seattle nice? Fewer residents describe Seattle as a ‘friendly’ city this year compared to last year (2012: 36 percent vs. 2011: 48 percent).
  • What’s more important access to the arts or professional sports? 59 percent pick the arts.


  • How do Seattle residents view the national media coverage of the presidential election? 46 percent say the general tone and level of civility is worse than prior elections, while 50 percent say it is about the same.
  • How has the local media covered Washington’s race for governor? 79 percent say the tone and level of civility toward the candidates has been about the same as past election coverage.
  • Where do Seattleites get their news? 38 percent go online to newspapers, social media, blogs and magazine sites, 35 percent turn to television and 13 percent get their news from radio. Desktops and laptops are used most often (78 percent) for getting online news.

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Auburn ›
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.