There were few major business announcements in the Mid-Columbia in 2017. Instead, the year’s economic news grew from seeds planted a year or more earlier.
Lamb Weston Holdings and AutoZone debuted major facilities. Uber, the ride-hailing service, completed its Tri-City invasion by launching service in Pasco in 2017’s waning days.
The Department of Energy began the process to award billions in Hanford contracts, and Benton County wrestled with the unintended consequences of legal cannabis.
Here’s an unranked look at the business stories that helped shape the Tri-City economy in 2017.
Lamb Weston doubles down
Lamb Weston Holdings, based in the Boise suburb of Eagle, completed a $200 million expansion of its french fry production line in Richland in October.
The new plant added 150 workers to the company’s local payroll and formally opened at a VIP reception.
Lamb Weston Holding Co. celebrated its $200 million french fry processing line in Richland in October.