With our legendary culture of innovation and highly competitive spirit, it's not hard to see why so many Washington companies are known throughout the the country. Business is alive and well here in the Pacific Northwest and the state is a leader in creating companies that are not only well known, but which have been fixtures of the economy for decades, if not generations.
The seventh largest U.S. carrier, Alaska Airlines has carved out a successful niche in one of the most competitive industries on earth. They've done it through superior customer service, sensible expansion and an independent spirit that many Washington companies exhibit.
A name synonymous with the great outdoors, the company that gave us the down parka has gone on to become a household name and highly valued brand, not only in outdoor gear and clothing, but home decor and other lifestyle categories.
The creators of Aplets, Cotlets and other wonderful confections that have been popular since 1918.
From a single shoe store in Seattle, a company redefines the very meaning of superior customer service, even allowing customers to return products they don't even sell.
The makers of jerky, pepperoni and sausage hit upon their secret to success early on: hard work, bold risk taking and a can-do attitude that has seen the company through good times and bad.
The nation's largest retailing co-op, REI got its start because one mountain climber couldn't find a high quality ice axe at an affordable price, leading to a dynasty in outdoor gear and apparel.
For more than a century now, Roman Meal has been turning out bread products, not only from their factory in Tacoma, Washington, but 90 contract bakeries across the country and the world. Though the company has grown, it is still family owned and operated.
Available in more than a dozen states and many parts of Asia, Tim's Cascade Style Potato Chips have carved out a niche in the highly competitive snack foods space through a laser focus on freshness, flavor and crunch.
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