If Elma can have an aerospace supplier’s factory, then Joe DePinto is correct to “reach out to Boeing, reach out to Microsoft, and say, ‘Hey, what is it going to take for Yelm to get one of you guys [or one of your suppliers] to come into Yelm and build one of your small manufacturing plants out there?’” as the two stories below attest.
Quoting Steven Wyble, Nisqually Valley News about the Yelm Chamber candidates forum:
DePinto said he thought Yelm was neutral in its support of businesses.
“We do support businesses, we try to make the effort, but we’re not really there yet,” he said.
Yelm has an industrial park many people may not be aware of, he said, and he’d like to see it revitalized.
“I’d like to make that park vibrant again and reach out to Boeing, reach out to Microsoft, and say, ‘Hey, what is it going to take for Yelm to get one of you guys to come into Yelm and build one of your small manufacturing plants out there?” he said. “Is it going to take the infrastructure, is it going to take tax preferences? What’s it going to take to get you here in Yelm?’ And we’re not doing that. We need to be doing that — easy solutions to bring businesses into Yelm.”
– Wash. aerospace supplier has factory in Elma [Yes, why not one in Yelm?]
“The Airbus website currently ranks Washington third for state with the most companies supplying it with parts and services.
The top two are California, long an aerospace staple, and New York, which barely edges out Washington.
In the past, Washington has been as high as number two. But more companies want in as Airbus will officially commence operations on Monday at a new factory in Mobile, Alabama.
The new factory will make Airbus’ most popular model, the A320.
Steve Bagwell is the national sales director for Warm Industrial Nonwovens. He is actively pursuing Airbus work both on trade missions and at the Paris Air Show.
The company is based in Lynnwood, but has a factory in Elma — a town in Grays Harbor County still recovering from the loss of timber and mill jobs,” quoting Glenn Farley, KING 5 News.