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For the seventh year in a row, the Production Division at Chinook Enterprises has earned a Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA). This is a big deal. There are only several hundred suppliers worldwide who meet the criteria to earn this level of achievement. It is not easy to do. How is a BPEA earned?...
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From Ann’s Hands to your jewelry box Ann Argyle has been designing and creating jewelry for many years. Her desire to create fun, unique, quality pieces for others to enjoy, blossomed into a small jewelry business located in Skagit County, Washington. From Ann’s Hands jewelry offerings are strongly supported by local retailers across the county....
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Leading the Employment Services Division is a big job. Last year, a 37-year veteran, Jim Halpin, retired. Jim left behind some big shoes to fill. Finding the right fit to lead the company into the future weighed on everyone’s minds. The solution then became as obvious as opening the window on a beautiful spring day....
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On Monday October 2nd, 2017, Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib paid a visit to Chinook Enterprises as part of a day-long county tour in partnership with EDASC, The Port of Skagit and Skagit Valley Community College. Lt. Governor Habib spent an hour at Chinook learning about the organization to become familiar with our local challenges and...
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September 15, 1992–that was a day that Drew Beals and his mother Nancy will never forget. It was Drew’s first day of employment at Chinook Enterprises. Today Drew reaches a 25-year employment milestone and it is truly a cause for celebration.
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Cathy Johnson is an articulate woman who was born with the ability to teach. For Cathy, describing complicated subjects in an articulate, supportive, and often humorous way, comes naturally. In this video series, Cathy explains why we should not ask to pet someone’s guide dog, gives us tips for assisting a person who has a...
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“When you work with someone your entire career, it’s difficult to say good-bye,” admitted Rob Martin in reference to Jim Halpin’s pending retirement.
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Over the past 31 years, Terry has become a part of the colorful landscape of Skagit Gardens where he works full-time in the wholesale division. On a recent interview about his career, Terry shared, “I love my job and the people I work with.” Terry’s dream job began in 1985 with an interview arranged by...
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Finding independence through employment Getting a job brings new-found independence for many people.  Earning one’s own money, making progress toward new goals, making new friends, having co-workers depend on you…it’s all very exciting. When Jasmine got a job at Skagit’s Best Salsa last year, she could not imagine a better job or employer. It was like...
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Making a Difference One Tootsie Roll at a Time Earlier this month Rob Martin received a phone call. The caller told him something that surprised him: “We raised $2,500 for Chinook Enterprises and we’d like to schedule a time to drop off the check.” The gentleman who called was Gary Cloninger, Grand Knight from the...
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