Seattle Opens Its Doors (Wider) to Green Tech


We profiled
Seattle companies
making an effort to lessen their impact on the
environment, and a new project by McKinstry Construction may help to increase
the number of businesses in Seattle
working towards a greener future.

McKinstry, famous for buildings like Qwest Field and the EMP, is building a
24,000 square foot space for new clean tech start-ups. The building has been
dubbed the "The
Innovation Center
." Until recently there were no confirmed tenants,
but  General Biodiesel and Hydrovolts have
announced that they are both planning to move into the facility later this

According to McKinstry's website, the goal of the Innovation Center
is to "bring new and emerging companies together to foster the advancement
of clean, green energy technologies." Companies located in the space will
have access to McKinstry's resources as well as the ability to collaborate with
the other companies housed there.

A press release from McKinstry stated that "A recent study conducted
for the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA)
by Grant Thornton found that business incubators are the most effective means
of creating jobs – more effective than roads and bridges, industrial parks,
commercial buildings, and sewer and water projects. According to the study, EDA
investments produce an average of 2.2 to 5.0 jobs per $10,000 in federal
spending for a federal cost per job of $2,001 to $4,611."

Hopefully the Innovation
Center will provide not
only new jobs but also solutions to the growing energy concerns that our nation
faces. Placing the facility close to downtown Seattle gives companies in the Center access
to a wide selection of problem solvers whose talents might not currently be
turned towards environmental issues.

So far I can't see a downside to McKinstry's plan. Let me know if you think
of any pitfalls.

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.