The Pierce County Executive and County Council are committed to creating jobs in Pierce County. They recently passed a Family-Wage Job Credit Program effective January 1, 2019. The Family-Wage Job Credit Program provides a one-time $275 credit per job to employers who create at least five new permanent family-wage jobs in unincorporated Pierce County after January 1, 2019.
Complete the application form
Include the Washington State Employment Security Department Wage and Hour Report form (5208A) for the past two years for all eligible employees.
Submit the application and forms to pcpalsAccounting@piercecountywa.gov
Questions? Please contact the Development Center at (253) 798-3739 or by email. Review Ordinance 2018-51s for more information. Take advantage of this incentive while you can! This program ends on December 31, 2024.
James Hardie Building Products
James Hardie Building Products began operations in the Frederickson Industrial area of Pierce County in 1998. By 2013, the Company’s original plant had reached production capacity and needed to expand to accommodate additional demand in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada regions. After meeting with local officials, the Company decided to expand by purchasing 47 acres of industrial land adjacent to its current operations and add a second plant.
During the past 16 months, the Company has remodeled over 211,000 square feet of existing structures and added 225,000 square feet of new manufacturing and production space. Combined with their original plant, the Company’s two sites now represent over 605,000 square feet of manufacturing, storage, and production space.
“Job growth at James Hardie resulting from this expansion has been impressive”, said Betty Capestany, Director of the Economic Development Department. According to a list compiled by the Economic Development Board of Tacoma Pierce County (EDB), the Company had the strongest year-over-year increase in workforce (57.9%) amongst private employers in Pierce County in 2018. The expansion has helped retain over 100 jobs and allowed the company to grow to 180 employees.
Kevin Clegg, Special Assistant to the Executive for Business Services, pointed out that “a project of this size and complexity had multiple partners assisting the Company, including Pierce County, the EDB, and the Washington State Department of Commerce.”
It started with asking the County Executive to grant the project Executive Priority status to help streamline permit review. With this designation in place, a project review team led by the Economic Development Department facilitated on-time permitting. The EDB was there in strong support offering a list of incentives, including working with the company to help win a $100,000 award from the Governors Strategic Reserve Fund (SRF). The SRF funding was made possible with guidance and support of the Washington State Department of Commerce. Combined, these agencies and our partnerships helped this project succeed. “The result of our efforts helped leverage millions of dollars in private investment by the company to improve land and buildings, and add new equipment”, according to Clegg.
Capestany added “Partnership also sent the message to James Hardie that we welcome their growth and want to be the community of choice for their expansion.”
Carlson Paving Products
Carlson Paving Products is an industry leader in screed technology and commercial class paver platforms and machines that are essential to the road building process. With growing demand for its products in North America, combined with emerging international opportunities, Carlson has undergone a massive expansion of its factory by nearly tripling its Frederickson footprint.
Teamed up with the design and construction expertise of HHJ Inc, the County formed a team approach with the Company leaders to help make this project happen. “From day one. it has been a great partnership”, said Kevin Clegg, the County’s primary contact for permitting the project. Clegg added, “the leadership at Carlson came to us and explained that expanding a functioning manufacturing facility with as little disruption to production would be a challenge and our team responded with a phased permitting approach.” The approach allowed the relocation of employee parking across the street to occur first, with follow up permitting, construction and inspection of construction in phases thereafter.
The expansion project, recognized with an Excellent 10 Award in 2019 by the Economic Development Board for Tacoma Pierce County, helps preserve over 160 jobs and positions the company to handle additional demand.