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Leadership Washington learns about local businesses

Amanda Russell at Bazooka Farmstar leads a tour of the company’s operation during the Leadership Washington’s Business and Industry Day on Jan. 13. (Photo courtesy of Bill Monroe)
Amanda Russell at Bazooka Farmstar leads a tour of the company’s operation during the Leadership Washington’s Business and Industry Day on Jan. 13. (Photo courtesy of Bill Monroe)

WASHINGTON — Leadership Washington started a month late due to COVID-19 concerns and had to skip the month of December altogether. The latest class participating in the program is back on track with a full day of presentations Jan. 13 learning about several businesses and industries in Washington.

The day began at Beatty Peterseim Funeral Home where Meg Nagel and Mark Beatty conducted a tour of the facility. The class then traveled to Engineered Building Design to see how the company manufactures residential and commercial building components. Zach Shepard talked about the history of the company and then Larry Northway and Lino Villa showed the class each step in the manufacturing process. The firm, which prides itself for promoting from within, is growing and is currently looking for new workers to join its 85-member work force.

From there, the group traveled to Washington Lumber where Rob Redlinger explained the services of the business which include preparing building estimates, custom designing rooms or homes as well as offering a full-service retail store.

Next on the agenda was lunch at the Washington Public Library where the class heard from a panel of representatives from Washington service clubs to learn the role the clubs play in the community. The panel included Angela Langstraat representing the Noon Kiwanis, Paul Horak from the Rotary Club, Caleb Miller from Washington Area Youth Supporters and Tammy Valentine from Kiwanis AM’ers.

A tour of Bazooka Farmstar followed lunch. Amanda Russell gave an overview of the business, its past, present and projections for the future. Despite the pandemic, the firm continues to grow and will soon be building an addition to its present building with a completion target of sometime this year.

Next was a visit to Custom Impressions, a company that put logos on just about anything for just about anybody. Co-owner Marcus Felder talked about the business and its widespread market.

Then it was off to radio station KCII where station manager Joe Nichols explained the station’s operations and gave tours of the control room and other departments in the station. KCII is one of the few stations in markets this size to be staffed with local news and sports reporters and has won numerous awards for its news and sports coverage.

The final stop of the day was KCTC where representatives discussed its fiber cable expansion program and provided a fiber splicing demonstration.