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Vendors set up for 8th annual GESA Smartmap Expo

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PASCO, Wash. -- Tri-Cities Developmental Council helped organize the eighth annual GESA Smartmap Expo, happening Thursday September 30.  The event started as a premier manufacturing one for Tri-Cities manufacturing businesses, but has grown to some 125 vendors coming from all over the Pacific Northwest. 

TRI-DEC Director of Business Retention and Expansion says they're expecting about 600 people to walk into Thursday's event which starts at 9:00am and goes until 4:00pm.  Gary White says, "<"it started as an event to show our manufacturing to the community.  Because of the dominance of Handord and the agriculture and the wine industry, most people don't realize we have a fairly  vital manufacturing sector here in the area."

Wednesday, Mier Engineering took two bus loads of vendors  and sponsors on a tour of the B Reactor, the first production scare nuclear reactor ever built.

Fred Brown of L&M Precision Fabrication came all the way from Spokane to network.  Brown says, "we're here for the show to do two things, one is to prospect and one is to possibly meet other people that we could partner up with.'

The event is free for all those attending.