Moses Lake manufacturing industries looking to expand, helping local economy

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 6:40 PM

MOSES LAKE, Wash. -- Manufacturing industries in Moses Lake are looking to expand.

The Mayor of Moses Lake said the city’s location is attracting big industries. It has been a hot spot for new and expanding manufacturing companies and now a new business is headed to the city.

AstaReal Technologies has chosen to open its first plant in the United States in Moses Lake.  The Japanese owned company plans on growing algae biomass for nutritional product. Business leaders said Moses Lake has the perfect conditions and the building is underway on Randolph Road.

“The facility is about 50,000 square feet and we will employ about 50 people,” said AstaReal Technologies President, Michael Oullette.

Not far from the future AstaReal building is Genie, Moses Lake’s largest employer.

Genie makes lifts for construction and maintenance companies. It too is looking to expand. Genie could possibly open another plant and they’ll hire more employees.

 Mayor Bill Ecret said businesses like these help keep the city growing. Money From those company’s property taxes go toward city improvements.

“Money goes toward police and fire and allows us to do projects throughout the city to attract more businesses,” said Mayor Ecret.

The businesses combined plan to hire at least 200 people.

 

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