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Only Cork Making Company in the Pacific Northwest Based in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- For an industry that's already booming in Eastern Washington, even a little boost can make a big difference.

CorkWest is doing just that.

"The corks are clean, well treated, well branded, we brand the corks here, bag them and packaged them here and ship them out," said Adam Schulz, Regional Sales Manager For CorkWest.

The cork is all natural and shipped to Kennewick from Portugal.

"They help age and improve the wine over time," said Schulz.

Schulz says the company now has up to 30 wineries across the area buying local. One of them is Trust cellars in Walla Walla.

"Any chance I can get to keep money in Washington, I try to do that," said Steve Brooks, Winemaker and Owner of Trust Cellars.

Brooks says having real cork means better presentation.

"A higher end wine should have a real cork not synthetic, synthetic corks tend to go into lower price wine," said Brooks.

Schulz says in California the wine industry is sustainable within the state. It's the same direction he hopes Washington will follow.

"That's the most exciting part of what we're doing is trying to really support the wine industry in the pacific northwest, Washington and Oregon are our main focus," said Schulz.

CorkWest has a parent company in Connecticut that has been around for seven years. Even though they're catering to many wineries in our area they also plan to work with some in Texas and Missouri.