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BizAg Roundup | Decco opens store in East Wenatchee

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EAST WENATCHEE — Decco U.S. Post Harvest Inc. has opened a new facility at 349 Urban Industrial Ave., East Wenatchee.

The company provides coatings, cleaners, sanitizers, fungicides and storage treatments for fruits and vegetables.

Decco is a division of United Phosphorus Limited, specializing in the treatment of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Bitcoin brouhaha gets more national attention

The Wenatchee Valley’s bitcoin brouhaha has made the pages of the Wall Street Journal. Wednesday’s story, “Bitcoin mining reshapes real estate in a small Washington town,” suggests the already tight housing market here is being made tighter by cryptocurrency miners. https://wwrld.us/WSJbitcoin.

Along those same lines, a Thursday story in the Capital Press, “Invasion of the power snatchers,” says the bitcoin miners’ electrical power use could drive up the cost for agriculture companies in the Mid-Columbia region. (https://wwrld.us/2vwIlci) Some fruit industry representatives also are concerned about power availability when it comes time to expand their cold storage warehouses in a few years. 

Moses Lake airport gets to keep radar facility

MOSES LAKE — Grant County International Airport will keep its radar control facility after all.

The Federal Aviation Administration is not recommending closure of the Terminal Radar Approach Control facility. The decision follows a review of similar facilities across the country, a study ordered by Congress that has taken several years.

State Rep.Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake drafted legislation in 2017 to argue the benefits of keeping TRACON in operation, including providing opportunities for future pilots. He said is pleased with the decision.

The TRACON facilities in Grant County, along with the Grant County International Airport, provide a number of jobs and services vital to Washington’s aerospace and military sectors in the region,” he said. “If TRACON had relocated or closed, we could have lost the ability to blend important needs of our military and aerospace sectors.”

Stemilt lauded for encouraging people to eat fruits, vegetables

WENATCHEE — Stemilt has been selected as the 2017 role model for Produce for Better Health Foundation’s “Fruits and Veggies — More Matters” consumer campaign, for the 10th year running.

Produce for Better Health’s More Matters initiative is dedicated to encouraging people to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Stemilt, first named a role model in 2007, was the first non-retail company to be selected. Role models must increase familiarity of the campaign to a variety of audiences, especially to mothers and their children.

Stemilt has shared the campaign’s logo and brand messages on packaging and retail displays, through its website, and through a variety of social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.

Wilson Orchard & Vineyard Supply adds another California company

WENATCHEE — Wilson Orchard & Vineyard Supply has purchased Lodi, California-based Quantum Irrigation.

The recent purchase will benefit all of our customers by giving us better buying power on all our irrigation products and allowing us to keep our growers competitive,” said Bill Johnson of the Wilson’s Wenatchee sales office.

The deal was finalized Tuesday. Quantum, which provides irrigation solutions, including designs, equipment and supplies, for vineyards and orchards, was a division of San Joaquin Sulphur Company, a distributor and retailer of crop protection, fertilizer, seed, spray equipment and safety gear in the region.

San Joaquin Sulphur Company will continue to operate. Quantum’s inventory and dedicated personnel will move to Wilson’s existing location two blocks south, at the former site of Valley Vineyard Supply, which Wilson purchased in February.

Operating out of Washington, Oregon and California, Wilson is a one-stop solutions provider for orchards and vineyards specializing in irrigation solutions and planting, development, and harvesting equipment and supplies.

BizAg Roundup is a collection of business and agriculture-related news. If you have a story idea, call Nevonne McDaniels at 664-7151 or email: mcdaniels@wenatcheeworld.com.

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