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March 7, 2014: Recent Census Bureau Creates Problems for Affirmative Action Plans

Bill Sweigert DSC 2052WEBBill Sweigert, Sr. VP of HR & Training, provides latest information to help employers navigate 2010  Census Bureau data required for all Affirmative Action plans. Read more here.






February 25, 2014: Associated Industries expansion includes hiring of Pam Pyrc as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Development
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Associated Industries has announced the selection and hiring of Pam Pyrc as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Development. Pyrc, who has more than 25 years marketing and communications experience, was previously director of marketing at Inland Imaging of Spokane.

CEO Jim DeWalt also announced the organization has added to their accounting, health benefits, legal and front desk staff and more changes are on the way.


February 5, 2014: Garman Lutz new Chief Financial Officer at Associated Industries

Garman Lutz Jim DeWalt, President and CEO of Associated Industries, has announced the selection and hiring of long-term Spokane resident, Garman Lutz as the Association's Chief Financial Officer.Prior to joining Associated Industries, Lutz served in executive positions with Cascade Windows and Empire Health Services, and as a partner in a local public accounting firm.

January 16, 2014: Bill Sweigert honored for
25 years of Service at A. I.

Associated Industries Sr. Vice President, Training & HR, William T. (Bill) Sweigert, was promoted to Senior VP and recognized last week for his 25 years of service with the Spokane-based employer services organization, Associated Industries. Sweigert, who describes his role as a 'strategic HR generalist' with expertise in corporate mission building, leadership development, workplace quality, EEO and Affirmative Action Plans, is a graduate of Gonzaga University, with postgraduate work in management, psychology, accounting, and executive development. For A.I. members, Sweigert provides consulting and training services, publishes an annual Inland Northwest Compensation Survey (INCS) and administers Affirmative Action Plans for over 70 federal contractors, and was invited to speak on civil rights at Oxford University in 2004. 

November, 2013: A.I. celebrates our 2013-2014 A.I. Bright Promise Program Recipients 

“The average tuition at a public, four-year college has more than tripled over the last 30 years,” explains DeWalt, “and when today’s student graduates, they will be saddled with an average of $26,000 or more loan debt.  To help alleviate this burden, A.I., along with its partners including Wells Fargo Insurance Company and Moda Health (formerly ODS Health) have granted 162 in the last five years. In addition to providing A.I. Bright Promise scholarships, Associated Industries offers an opportunity for current school year Recipients to “meet and greet” A.I. member representatives at an annual reception held in their honor and designed to introduce them to the business community. The reception took place at Associated Industries headquarters. For Reception photos, visit our AI FaceBook Page. For a list of our 2013-2014 Recipients, CLICK HERE.

August 2013: Thank you to our A.I  MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION EVENT sponsors 

HART CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, Inc., Atlas Staffing, DeVries Business Services, PAYCHEX and CliftonLarsonAllen! For a special Evening at the Vineyard at beautiful Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. Nearly 500 people celebrating Associated Industries Members! Our Facebook page has some great shots of the festivities.  Check out some of the great photos taken by Mark Anthony Productions here:

AGORAJuly 2013: A.I. member - Arbor Crest - receives AGORA Award

As you may have read, Associated Industries was honored to be recognized for contributing to the region’s economic growth and our members’ success, as a Finalist in the GSI 28th Annual AGORA Awards program, which took place June 5th at the Davenport Hotel. What a great event! We were up against some stiff competition in our Medium-sized Business category, including two Associated Industries Members– Humanix Staffing and Arbor Crest Winery – two great companies that we are proud to serve.  We can’t think of finer company to be in. In fact, Humanix has partnered with Associated Industries in the past to provide safety training for temporary workers through a grant from Washington State’s L&I department, and the winery’s historic Arbor Crest Cliff House, built in 1924, is the site for this year’s Associated Industries Membership Appreciation event, Friday, August 9th.  (See more information about our membership meeting below.) CONGRATULATIONS goes to Arbor Crest, who received the Award. 

July 2013:  ODS Health transforms into Moda Health

MODAA.I. is able to partner with some amazing organizations in order to provide the full spectrum of services to our members.  When something great happens for one of our partners, it benefits us all. That’s the case with our healthcare benefits partner, formerly known as ODS Health.  Introducing Moda Health!  The new name, from the Latin word “modus,” which means “the way,” reflects the organization’s commitment to the transformation of healthcare for over 57 years.
But, that isn’t the only exciting news for Moda Health.  The organization has also promoted its Chief Medical Officer Dr. William Johnson into the newly-created role of President.  “I really do believe physician leadership is an important piece of healthcare transformation,” Johnson says.  “Physicians understand patient care, and they understand insurance and healthcare economics.” he adds. “For too long, physician leaders and healthcare executives have been in silos.  This is a way to bring them together.”

March 4 2013
Safety Services News
It’s been shown that absenteeDalena Tripplet DSC 1963WEB_FRTPGism drops when companies put into practice effective safety programs. Investing in a good safety program brings with it other benefits too. When employees feel safe, they are able to better focus on issues such as quality and customer service.

If you want to learn more, find out about the latest safety training information  coming here soon: Safety TRAINING and NEWS. Or to find the latest safety news, check out Safety MATTERS.





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