Association of Washington Business visits Central Bean
They hit the road again, like they did last year: the Association of Washington Business, or AWB, visited Quincy on its weeklong bus tour through Washington. The 10 AWB members made Quincy’s Central Bean one of the manufacturers to visit on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
“Washington manufacturers create good jobs that support Washington families, and great products are exported all over the world,” stated AWB President Kris Johnson in a press release.
Central Bean has been a Quincy employer since 1983, buying beans from local producers and selling them throughout the United States. The company also sells them in retail quantities to drop-in customers. This year, an Australian customer will be receiving garbanzo beans through Central Bean, thus becoming the bean company’s first international connection.
AWB was formed in 1904. It functions as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. Its members come from businesses great and small: from Boeing to small enterprises with fewer than 10 employees.
“A lot of manufacturing happens in rural areas,” said Collin Hastings, executive director of the Pasco Chamber of Commerce. “Rural areas depend on these jobs, and trade is extremely important to the region.” (Washington Business, News with a Competitive Edge, Spring 2018).
The purpose of the AWB tour is to see manufacturing businesses in person, to talk to the employees and to see how the work is done. It is a celebration of the Washington manufacturers and their contributions to the state.
The contributions are considerable: according to AWB, manufacturing amounts to 12 percent of the gross state product; 7,326 manufacturing establishments employ more than 282,000 people in Washington.
By Jaana Hatton, For the Post-Register