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Columbia Marketing International

To say Columbia Marketing Inc., which owns a large storage and shipping plant next to Pangborn Memorial Airport, has been a leader in the fruit industry could be construed by some as an understatement.

Such has been the track record of what is considered today one of the nation's leading growers, marketers and shippers of premium quality conventional and organic apples, pears and cherries.

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Martin-Scott Winery

If someone were to pick a perfect spot for a winery, it might be exactly the same spot Mike and Judi Scott settled on for their own more than a decade ago.

On a bluff in East Wenatchee overlooking the Columbia River, where the climate and soil is ideal for growing wine grapes.

"We have so much to share here," Mike Scott says of his Martin-Scott Winery. "I can remember enjoying a glass or two with a new friend from Seattle and he put his hand on my shoulder and he said, 'You're living the dream, aren't you?' And you know, I had to agree."

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Bainbridge Manufacturing

For David Soderstrom, the benefits were almost too many to count.

Move his plastics business, Bainbridge Manufacturing Inc., from Kitsap County to Douglas County and have access to one of the lowest electricity rates in the country, high-speed Internet access, buildings to choose from, and a rural environment that fit his lifestyle.

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Century Aviation

Century AviationWhen Karen Barrow and Mark Smith moved their Century Aviation business from the Puget Sound region to East Wenatchee a few years ago, they chuckled when they heard someone complain about a 10-minute commute. For Barrow and Smith, who regularly endured a 1.5-hour drive from Everett to Seattle each day, they knew life was going to be good in their new home.

"We looked all up and down the I-5 corridor, from California to British Columbia, for a location that had everything we needed to make our business successful," Smith says of the antique aircraft restoration business. "But we always found ourselves coming back to the NCW region."

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Sabey Corp.

One might think data centers would need to be located in places like Silicon Valley or Redmond. Not so. In fact, North Central Washington has become a magnet for data centers because of the region's abundant supply of cheap, “green” hydro power generated by Columbia River dams and extensive high-speed Internet networks.

One of the earliest to set up shop was Sabey Corp., which completed its Intergate Columbia project, a massive 430,000-square-foot data center near Pangborn Memorial Airport in Douglas County, in 2009. Tenants today include Blackrock, T-Mobile and VMware.

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