PASCO, WA. - After three decades, a local couple is handing off their Pasco business. But they're not straying too far from the company.
For 33 years, Len and Ruth Harms worked side-by-side, diligently building their business, Harms Engineering. The couple is still working together at Harms Engineering on West Sylvester in Pasco, only now they're employees of the company they founded, instead of owners.
This summer, they finalized a deal to sell the company to employee Christine Batayola, an engineer who had worked for them since 2005.
They were looking at waIting to retire and the entire office wanted to continue functioning as an engineering firm and we just enjoy this type of work. We have a lot of fun here," Batayola said.
For the past two years, Batayola was slowly incorporated into management and in July, she took up the corner office, signifying she's now in charge.