You may have heard that US Mat Systems is moving into the long-shuttered Longview Fibre mill in Chelan County. Company officials opted to move operations from Oregon to the Winton site for a number of reasons, including access to a Canadian market, access to rail at the site, and low-cost power. The company builds specialty wood and steel mats for oil rigs using proprietary designs that are protected by patents. It is no doubt a “win” for the region.
Tourism is a vital component of the economy of North Central Washington. A March 2013 report by Dean Runyan and Associates marked improvements in both the North Central Washington and Washington State travel industries in 2012, as compared to 2011.