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Doing Business in Pierce County

Pierce County is home to businesses large and small and all are appreciated for their contribution to the County’s economic well-being. The Pierce County Economic Development Department and its partners work together to encourage and assist small, entrepreneurial firms to thrive and grow. In each newsletter we feature one of these companies.

NW Etch is a leader in manufacturing intricate, high quality parts for commercial and defense uses. They produce thin-metal components utilizing a photo chemical etching method of fabrication. From bombers, spacecraft and helicopters, to medical devices, jewelry, and commemorative event items, the staff at NW Etch works on custom one-off solutions or tens of thousands of the component, machined meticulously. Parts can be machined from .0005 inches to.060 inches thick, and up to five feet wide. The company is ISO 9001:2008 and ITAR qualified, enabling it to partner with major defense contractors. Full article...

Camp Lewis-JBLM Celebrate Centennial

Happy Birthday to Camp Lewis-JBLM as they celebrate 100 years! At a recent ceremony, officials gathered from throughout the region to commemorate this historic occasion. We wonder if the citizens of Pierce County, who donated much of the land now called JBLM, had the hope that JBLM would grow to become not just an important military institution, but a very important community asset. If they did, their hopes were realized! We appreciate our largest employer in Pierce County and look forward to another 100 years!

JBLM Centennial Celebration

Mitsui-Soko ribbon cutting

Mitsui-Soko Grand Opening

Almost one year ago, Mitsui-Soko (U.S.A.) Inc. broke ground on their new storage and logistics facility in Frederickson. Now we celebrate their grand opening! Pierce County Executive, Bruce Dammeier, participated in the ribbon cutting thanking the company for their investment in Pierce County. The facility features over 200,000 square feet of both refrigerated and ambient temperature warehouse space on 12.7 acres and is specifically engineered to meet the unique and exacting requirements of the aerospace industry. We welcome Mitsui-Soko (U.S.A.) Inc. to Pierce County!

Lewis Army Museum Re-Opens August 31, 2017

Looking for something to do this Labor Day Weekend? Visit the remodeled Lewis Army Museum! Not only are there several indoor exhibits and galleries to view, the museum also features approximately an acre of outdoor exhibits which include a UH-1 “Huey” Helicopter, various experimental vehicle prototypes, and armored vehicles. Visit for more information.

Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum October 10, 2017

Learn about new and existing business opportunities with government agencies. The Economic Development Departments of Pierce County and City of Lakewood, with participating agencies, are hosting a free Purchasing Forum for local businesses. The forum will take place from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the McGavick Conference Center on the Clover Park Technical College campus in Lakewood, WA. Visit Purchasing Forum for more information and to register.

Pierce County's Major Employers List

Major employers make a major difference in the lives of Pierce County residents. It's more important than ever to have a strong employment base in Pierce County. Each year the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County publishes a list of the county’s major employers. If you have more than 75 employees, they want to hear from you at or 253-383-4726.

South Sound Summit October 30, 2017

South Sound Summit is the premier event for South Sound business leaders to convene and connect!  Take part in a one-of-a kind gathering of the most influential business leaders in the Sound Sound and find local business solutions and partners. Randi Zuckerberg, Emmy nominee and Founder/CEO of Zuckerberg Media, will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural South Sound Summit. She is the author of New York Times best seller, Dot Complicated, which speaks on Trends Impacting Your Business Now.
Visit for more information and use the promo code S3Partner to receive the reduced rate of $149.

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950 Pacific Ave, Suite 720
Tacoma, WA 98402

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