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Coastal hands out benefits

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EAST WENATCHEE — Coastal Farm & Ranch, the new name of Big R, will share nearly $36,000 in insurance rebates with workers here and eight other stores in Washington and Oregon, the company announced Aug. 2.

Coastal received the rebates in the last year through a safety incentive plan with SAIF, the company’s workers’ compensation carrier. The rebates reward employees for continued safety on the job.

I knew immediately that we’d share the cash with them,” said company owner Buzz Wheeler. “They’ve earned it by working so safely.”

He added, “Safety is the most important thing in our stores. Nothing we do is worth getting hurt over.”

Oregon-based Coastal opened in 1963 and now has more than 300 employees.