A record crowd gathered at the Foss Waterway Seaport on Thursday night to celebrate the 20th year of the World Trade Center Tacoma's Globe Awards.
Chief among Thursday's honorees was Tacoma Port Commissioner Connie Bacon, who as World Trade Center director initiated the award two decades ago. Bacon, a longtime trade advocate and former gubernatorial special assistant, was awarded the center's Lifetime Achivement Award.
Other award winners included Exporter of the Year, Torklift International; Importer of the Year, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.; Service Provider of the Year, Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc., and Emerging Business of the Year, Northwest Door Inc.
Gov. Jay Inslee, one of two keynote speakers at the banquet, told attendees that the completion of Washington 167 from Puyallup to the Port of Tacoma remains one of his highest priorities in any new transportation construction program.
Eric Dahl, chief executive of the international World Trade Center Association, congratulated the Tacoma center as the fastest growing center in the country.
Dahl, who just returned from China, said he has seen studies that show the United States is regaining its competitiveness in the world manufacturing markets. In some cases, manufacturing products in the U.S. is more economical than it is in China, he said.