Our People: Meet Chemi-Con’s Stela Heuschkel

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As a woman of faith, it’s apparent that Chemi-Con’s Stela Heuschkel takes pride in enlightening employees, protecting them, and be that guiding light when navigating trying situations in the workplace. Known for her selflessness, Stela also is a protector of her employer; ensuring it follows all policies and procedures accordingly. As the company’s HR Manager,…

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Our People: Meet REC Silicon’s Lisa McCurty

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Lisa McCurty’s ‘fork in the road’ happened decades ago, but she hasn’t forgotten the moment she made a pivotal decision to leave her waitressing job for a better life. Lisa left her childhood in Olympia behind in 1981 when her parents relocated the family to Moses Lake. After graduating from high school, Lisa worked as…

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Our People: Meet Vantage Data Center’s Mark Johnson

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Vantage Data Center’s Mark Johnson is a man who others lean on. Johnson is the director of site operations for two data centers in Quincy, Washington, and provides procedural and preventative maintenance support to other data centers across the world. Originally from Texas, Mark might be a Texan at heart, but he’s proud to call…

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Our People: Meet Joyson Safety System’s Scott Bernhardt

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Whether it’s a layoff or a blinding snowstorm at 6,000 feet, Joyson Safety System’s Scott Bernhardt is known for finding his way. The 25-year Mission Ridge ski patroller navigated his career on both sides of the cascades, but ultimately ended up in his hometown of Moses Lake, working for Joyson Safety Systems. Joyson manufactures automobile…

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Our People: Meet REC Silicon’s Luciano Hernandez


A longtime parent wrestling coach and mentor to young kids in wresting, REC Silicon’s Luciano Hernandez knows how to pin down his opportunities and make the most of them. That’s what the company’s slim rods manager did in 1997 when he made the move from agriculture to Grant County’s industrial sector. A husband, father of…

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Our People: Meet Microsoft’s Gigi Lowry

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You could say that Microsoft Data Center Project Manager Gigi Lowry is connoisseur of the proverbial fruit borne by the Quincy Valley. In a figurative and literal sense, Gigi confesses that her palate is refined when it comes to offerings in both tech and viticulture; two of which are among the valley’s primary yields. But…

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Our People: Meet Norco’s Randy Lybbert

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Randy Lybbert of Moses Lake is one of Norco’s senior plant operators. The Moses Lake native has spent the last six years working at Norco’s air separation plant in the lake town. 2014 marked ‘year 10’ for Lybbert as an oil well worker, but his career working on and around such contraptions was eclipsed by…

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Our People: Meet Verizon Media’s Gabriel Lopez

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Verizon Media Facilities Engineer Gabriel Lopez was once a three-sport athlete at Quincy High School; no longer using his body to dodge defenders, the former Jackrabbit is now using it to foster data flow.  Lopez graduated from QHS in 2005 and began attending Spokane Community College. Upon his return to his hometown, Lopez took a…

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Our People: Meet MLI’s Jack Gibson

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Jack Gibson’s unwavering commitment to the art of self-defense is a coveted quality applied concurrently to his career as an information technology manager for Moses Lake Industries. 1981, Jack was responsible for Grant County’s first martial arts program, opening a dojo in Moses Lake. Today, Jack’s Freewind Martial Arts studio continues its tradition of teaching…

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Our People: Meet Norco’s Robin Cummings

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NORCO Plant Operator Robin Cummings didn’t envision herself doing what she does as a career until later in life. After graduating high school in 2008, Robin embarked on working roles as a sales person selling cutlery, retail, and off performed seasonal duties at the Gorge Amphitheater. As Robin contemplated her career path, she dabbled in…

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