International LLC. makes products that keep food processors
clean and safe.
This week the Bainbridge Island company was recognized for
efforts to make its own organization cleaner and leaner.
The Association of Washington
Businesses announced Ozone International as the recipient
of its annual Operational Excellence Award for manufacturers.
In the announcement, AWB highlighted the companies success in
streamlining its production processes.
Over the past two years, Ozone improved efficiency by 25 percent
and increased capacity by 80 percent, while cutting production time
from 27 days to nine days per unit, according to a news
The company also reduced overtime costs by spreading
work from its busy seasons to slower times of the year, and
heightened safety for employees.
Ozone was founded in 2003. It creates ozone-based sanitization
systems for food and beverage producers.
Our colleagues at Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal recently wrote an
extensive profile of Ozone International.
LoveCraft Brewing Co. felt the love from donors.
planned downtown Bremerton microbrewery received
contributions from more than 300 people on Kickstarter,
exceeding its $30,000 fundraising goal before the Monday
Founders Jesse and Tasha Wilson say the seed money will help
them secure financing and launch the business. They hope to
have the brewery up-and-running in 2015.
“Our next steps are finding the right location,
building it out to our needs and acquiring equipment,” Jesse said
in an email.
Jesse Wilson is an Olympic High School and Olympic
College graduate who gained brewing experience as an assistant at
Port Townsend Brewing
previous post about LoveCraft’s plans here.
Harrison Medical Center’s 24-hour urgent care
clinic on Bainbridge Island will open Dec. 1.
The medical group expects to have an occupancy permit for
the 17,000-square-foot building next week, spokeswoman Jacquie
Goodwill said. Along with urgent care, the two-story center
will offer primary care, specialty care and imaging and lab
A public open house is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Nov.
20. Visitors can meet providers and learn about available
The clinic is located at 8804 Madison Ave North,
adjacent to Madrona House and the Bainbridge First Baptist
Construction of the building
began about a year ago.
The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce
announced its new executive director last week.
The chamber selected Matt Murphy, a fourth generation South
Kitsap resident with an varied business background.
According to a chamber news release, Murphy wants to make
the organization a “resource for local businesses by providing
them training and offering other support to help them increase
their sales and improve their profits.”
Murphy is a Gonzaga University graduate. After college he moved
back to Port Orchard and worked as a real estate agent and opened a
bookstore with his wife, Linda. The couple was active in Fathoms O’
Fun and the chamber.
Murphy later served as an area support manager for Mail
Boxes Etc., a UPS Store franchise manager, and
as director of business development for a Native American
firm researching and responding to federal agency procurement
requests. He most recently worked for Dex Media.
Murphy replaces Christine Daniel, who resigned earlier this
The Port Orchard Chamber is one of several transitioning
leadership this fall. Chambers in Bremerton
Poulsbo also announced new directors recently.
The Greater Poulsbo Chamber of
Commerce announced its next director of operations this
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Marc Abshire will succeed Jan
announced her plans to step down earlier this fall. Abshire
will begin his duties Nov. 3, according to a chamber news
Abshire has more than 20 years of experience
in organizational leadership, marketing, corporate
communications, public relations, and operations. He has also
worked extensively as a speech writer and coach.
Abshire grew up on the Olympic Peninsula. He holds a
bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s
from the University of Colorado.
“The Board is thrilled to have found a candidate who has
his breadth of experience in business, marketing,
communications, and team operations,” chamber President Jessie
Nino said in the release.
Harrison led the chamber for the past two years. She plans to
return to her consulting business.
A new Port
Orchard store is putting a gourmet spin on the “take-and-bake”
Looney’s Gourmet Pizza opened earlier this month in
the Sedgwick Landing center, near the corner of Sedgwick and Sidney
Road. The founder is Ronda Looney, who owns Cafe Soleil in the same
Looney said she noticed the popularity of a certain
take-out pizza franchise, and decided she could use a similar model
with upgraded ingredients.
“We’re a step up beyond the other take-and-bake
companies,” she said.
Customers can build their own pizza or choose from
some of the shop’s
standards. The menu includes classics like Hawaiians and
supremes, as well as “gourmet” recipes like a gorgonzola pear and
BBQ barbacoa pork.
Mama Looneys also has take-out pasta and salads.
Looney said the store may eventually bake pizzas in-house.
The shop opened quietly, but Looney said business is
growing as word spreads.
“We’re getting our name out there,” she said. “Every
day it’s picking up a little bit.”
See the Mama Looney’s website
or page on
Facebook for more information.
Swallows Restaurant, an institution on Bainbridge Island’s
Madison Avenue, has closed.
Owners of the 26-year-old establishment were unable to
secure a new lease agreement, according to a note on the
restaurant’s Facebook page posted by owners Michael Sharp
“We intend to continue in some capacity in the future,” the note
The restaurant’s landlords were surprised by the sudden closure.
Eric Fredricks, managing partner of Madison Avenue Real Estate,
said the lease on the building isn’t up until the end of the
Fredricks said it was unclear why The Four Swallows owners
didn’t agree to a new lease.
“We don’t know what it was that made them not want to
stay,” Fredricks said. “… they’re good people, we love their
food, and we wish them well.”
Fredricks said the company hopes to find another restaurant to
occupy the quaint farmhouse on Madison. The William Grow house was
built in 1889.
The Four Swallows property and adjacent Bainbridge Pavilion
are up for sale.
The restaurant earned consistently high marks for its
Italian-influenced menu, local ingredients and elegant
setting. The Seattle Times
recommended The Four Swallows as a “genteel spot for a casual dinner or a special
occasion that’s even worth a trip across Puget Sound.”
The full Facebook note from The Four Swallows is posted
Below are the latest restaurant inspection scores distributed by
Kitsap Public Health
The health district keeps tabs on more than 1,000 establishments
in Kitsap. Each is usually inspected twice a year. Inspectors make
sure food is handled properly from prep to serving.
The district works with operators to correct deficiencies.
Grades from the inspections are made available to the public.
The inspection report is posted below. For even more detailed
safety information on a restaurant, you can use the health
district’s handy database search.
United Moving &
Storage of Bremerton is a half-century old this year.
The Fuson Road company is
celebrating the milestone with an open house from 4:30-6 p.m.
Thursday. The event includes refreshments and a meet-and-greet with
the founding owners and staff.
United provides moving services for corporations, private
residents and military households. It has offices in Bremerton and
San Bernardino, Calif.
See the company’s page on
Facebook for more information on the anniversary open
Employment was looking up in Kitsap County for the
first seven months of the year.
changed in August when employment took a dive. The 83,700
working for Kitsap employers in September was roughly the same as
in the previous two years:
Private employment remained steady from August to September,
according to the Employment Security
Department. Government employment fell by 100.
Employment was also down among Kitsap County residents in
September. About 880 fewer people were employed last month than in
The labor force, the number of people working or actively
seeking work, also shrank over the same period, keeping the
county’s unemployment rate steady at 5.3 percent.
Despite the dip from August, 290 more people were employed in
September than at the same time in 2013. Overall, employment
among Kitsap residents appears to be stabilizing this year
after declining each year since 2008.