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Fife Business Highlights

Wondering what is new with business in the City of Fife? Check back here often, or sign up for notices. If you would like to feature your business here and in our newsletter, or would like help creating a press release announcing your business, please contact Laurel at 253-896-8606 or via e-mail.

July

HMR Foods- HMR Foods, Welcome to Fife!  HMR currently supplies Trader Joes with fresh food across the United States, and as a part of their commitment to manufacturing locally, they are building a facility in Fife to meet the North West demands for fresh, chilled food.

They are most proud of their "flAwsome" foods.  Everything they make is local, fresh, handmade, and delicious.

March

Kusher Bakery- Have you noticed the sweet smell in the air?  You can thank Kusher Bakery for that!  Kusher LLC has been Seattle's premiere wholesale bakery for over 5 years. They now ship their world famous baked products anywhere in the United States.  Their great baking starts with the best ingredients and they use only the finest ingredients in their products. No preservatives are added. Stop by Kusher off 70th Avenue and taste for yourself! 

More information- Kusher Bakery Online

January

AlphaGraphics- As a full service marketing, design and print center AlphaGraphics Tacoma is pleased to offer a wide variety of multi-channel visual communication tools to the communities of Pierce County. A focus on high quality and exceptional service has already afforded AlphaGraphics Tacoma an outstanding reputation in our local community. Competitive pricing and quick turnaround time has helped deliver the results our clients seek. AlphaGraphics Tacoma in Fife is one of over 250 nationwide franchises. As such, we are able to offer a extensive array of creative, unique and affordable solutions to customers in any industry. Big or small, AlphaGraphics Tacoma welcomes the opportunity to improve your brand and grow your business. Visit us at www.alphagraphicstacoma.com.

December

Larson's Automotive Group has expanded in Fife again, this time bringing more power and push in the form of "Larson Powersports Northwest". This unique dealership offers service, parts, and accessories for Artic Cat, BRP, Polaris, Regal, Kymco, Striper, and Volvo.

The Larson Automotive Group has been serving the Pacific Northwest for the last 59 years and is proud to be family owned and operated. Read more about Larson Powersports Northwest.

November

Furniture Now by Selden's was launched with a grand opening reception on Thursday, October 11th. In an effort to meet the current needs of customers, Selden's buyers have taken special care in finding new beautiful furnishings with an eye on great value and price. Another added perk comes as customers will find most merchandise in stock and ready to take home. With a great selection of accent pieces and accessories, you're sure to be inspired!

Selden's Home Furnishings has always been known for high end custom furniture and exceptional customer service. The family owned store has been operating for over 72 years and has been a proud member of the Fife community since 1990. Read more about Selden's Furniture.

September

Continuant was recently honored for its stellar record of hiring military veterans. Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause and John Lee, director of the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs, presented a Hire-A-Vet Award to the telecom service company’s CEO, Doug Graham.

“Continuant has made a commitment to hiring veterans, which is important in a community that is home to a lot of former military members,” said Trause.

Veterans make up 15 percent of Continuant’s total workforce, which maintains communication and data systems for corporations and other clients.

“Continuant is setting a great example for the community and the entire state,” Lee said. “I hope other businesses will make a similar commitment to hiring veterans returning to civilian life.” Read more about Continuant.

August

Crecent Lighting- At Crescent Lighting, customer service is the top priority. They offer an extensive selection of lighting fixtures from a comprehensive collection of manufacturers, all conveniently located in Fife.

To assist you in finding the perfect light fixtures for your needs, they also developed a comprehensive Online Lighting Product Search Catalog where you can save your favorite items and send your "Wish List" to the Fife store!

July

Milgard- Milgard Doors & Windows is celebrating its 50th Anniversary (1962-2012)! This local company has been in the greater Fife area since it began, with a mind on community and innovative ways to be the best window and door manufacturer. Milgard operates with three guiding principles:

  • The individual must be respected.
  • The customer must be given the best possible service.
  • Excellence and superior performance must be pursued.

Milgard began as a family business with father and son team Maurice Jr. and Gary in a small building in Tacoma. By diversifying their product line and creating new products, Milgard is now viewed as one of the largest and most successful window & door manufacturer in the area. View more about Milgard.

June

Flex-A-Lite- Flex-a-lite is hitting the road during the summer of 2012 to celebrate 50 years of makin' it in the USA! The Flex-a-lite 50th Anniversary Tour will span 50 days with stops at automotive enthusiast events and major product distributors throughout the Midwest. The Kick-Off Party will take place at the Flex-a-Lite World Headquarters in Fife. The tour will be marked by a specially prepared motor home, trailer and 2010 Camaro. The Camaro will feature two of the latest Flex-a-lite products: the Flex-a-fit direct-fit radiator and direct-fit transmission cooler. The rolling display will be a combination of historical milestones from the company's legacy and its newest products that demonstrate the commitment to performance cooling.

The company has been family owned during all of its 50 year history, and continues with the third generation of family at the helm. Innovation and makin' it in the USA will continue at Flex-a-lite. Since the recession hit in 2008, the company has developed 105 new part numbers. Forty-two new items in the past 12 months include Flex-a-fit radiators, electric cooling fans, Mojave heaters, oil coolers, Flex-a-Chill radiator additive and promotional items, all of which are featured in the Flex-a-lite commemorative 50th anniversary catalog. For more information, click here.

May

LINE-X has moved to Fife! LINE-X is the industry leader in truck bed protection offering specially formulated polymers that permanently bond to your truck's bed protecting it from just about anything you or Mother Nature can dish out. And LINE-X protects more than just trucks. What LINE-X can do for truck beds, it can do for truck covers, rocker panels, fenders, bumpers, etc. As one of the nation's leading providers of spray-on protective coatings our products are utilized in commercial, industrial, agricultural, military and custom applications. For more information, stop by their new location at 5306 Pacific Highway East Suite E or click here.

April

Pick Quick Drive-In- In 1949, Jay Adolph and Henriette Olsen opened the original Pick-Quick Drive-In in Fife, offering grilled burgers, fresh fries and creamy milkshakes. Today, the business still operates in its original location and is owned by The Burgis, another Fife family. Pick-Quick has remained in business for more than 60 years with a menu similar to the one that originally made them famous. Stop by for their famous marshmallow milkshake and burger. For more information, click here.

March

Fife Flowers & Gifts- This iconic Fife business is famiily owned an operated. Fife Flowers is known around town for beautiful displays, friendly staff, and community dedication. Fife Flowers often donates displays to local events and charities, beautifying events and offering displays as door-prizes. "Mike the Flower Guy" attends many community events in his trade mark green apron and always has the Fife community in mind. They recently moved to 1504 54th Avenue East in the same shopping center as the Poodle Dog. Fife Flowers offers delivery, plants, fresh flowers, professional floral design, and more. For more information, click here.

February

Larson Automotive Group- Larson Automotive Group took nearly nine-acres of I-5 frontage and artistically transformed them into Fife's largest car dealership. Three of the modern and eco-friendly buildings will serve as showrooms and a service department while one was constructed as a car wash and detail shop. The project provides 45,448 square feet of permeable paving, 53,005 square feet of drought tolerant native species, and preserved many of the existing plant life. Over 80,000 square feet of new commercial space and nearly 50 jobs were created by this project. Congratulations to Larson Automotive of Fife! They were named one of the Tacoma/Pierce County Economic Development Board’s “2012 Excellent Projects”!

January

Valet Detail- This month, Seattle-based auto shop Valet Detail opened its doors for the first time in Fife. Philip Morgan of the Fife branch hopes the community will take advantage of the professional, hassle-free detailing services provided using some of the industry’s top products. “We take a dirty car and make it shine in any way we can,” he said. View Valet Detail's website here, or stop by in person at 3907 Pacific Highway E. View the full story from the Fife Free Press here.

December

Ratchet Solutions- Ratchet Solutions of Fife has created a revolutionary new surgical device that gives doctors a faster, more efficient option when installing medical screws. The Velocity Medical Driver utilizes gear-driven technology that creates positive drive regardless of which way the handle is turned. This essentially enables a surgeon to install screws two times faster than any other ratcheting driver with absolutely no wasted motion. This efficiency greatly reduces the amount of fatigue a surgeon encounters when driving screws. You can read more about this new device here, or visit the Ratchet Solutions website.

October

Fife Pierce County Library- The first library in Fife is under construction! The tasks completed include paving, a bus stop, and the load in of the library modular units. Upcoming work includes landscaping, book shelving, exterior signage, and computer stations. Stay tuned for the Grand Opening!

September

USPS Postal Annex- Carriers for three ZIP codes and 25 routes will now pick up their mail at the Fife annex near the Poodle Dog restaurant, instead of at the downtown Tacoma post office. Those 30 carriers deliver mail to 12,700 addresses for Fife, Browns Point and surrounding area. Fife and other residents served by carriers from the new annex will pick up certified and registered letters and mail held during vacations at the Fife facility at 1421 52nd Ave. E. There are no retail services in the leased space. The Fife annex serves ZIP codes 98421, 98422 and 98424.

August 2011

Brown & Haley Opens New Outlet- The famed "Almond Roca" candy makers opened a brand new outlet store at 3500 20th Street East in August of 2011. Read More

Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center- Paws-Abilities Dog Training Center has teamed up with Total K-9 Indoor Health and Wellness Center, and area alternative Practitioners to become the Tacoma area's first ever "Dog Community Center"! Paws-Abilities now offers not only complete training for your family's dog or puppy, our Total K-9 Indoor Health and Wellness Center will also include exercise equipment, a therapy tub, an endless Swim-Spa pool for your dog, as well as both self-serve and professional grooming, rotating pet practitioners and a store that your dog will love to shop in! Read More

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