Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce on break until Jan. 4

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The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce is taking a holiday hiatus.

The business membership organization will close at noon Thursday and re-open for its regular business hours Jan. 4.

Those in need of immediate assistance regarding their memberships can call 301-7551.

Otherwise, e-mail messages can be sent to: info@wwvchamber.com . Messages can also be left at 525-0850, and will be followed up at the return of the Chamber.

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Walla Walla manufacturer Key Technology has appointed a new area sales manager for France.

Patrick Marmet will bring Key's equipment, including automated inspection and sorting systems, specialized conveying and processing machines, to customers in France.

The target market is companies that process and package food products, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, snacks and coffee, and other industrial products, such as chemicals, plastics and paper.

Marmet brings more than 20 years of experience selling industrial equipment to the position.

Ten of those years were spent selling packaging machinery to the food processing industry.

He already knows many of Key's customers, said Andreas Hofman, sales director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Key Technology BV, in the announcement.

Most recently, Marmet was an area sales manager for TNA Europe. In his new position for Key he is based near Lyon, France.

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Christmas may be coming, but CrossRoads Steakhouse is keeping an eye toward New Year's.

The restaurant, located at Veterans Memorial Golf Course, 201 E. Rees Ave., will be the site of a New Year's Eve party.

The party begins at 8:30 p.m. with music by The Frog Hollow Band, known for its mix of country and rock music.

The regular dinner menu will be available until 10 p.m. Dinner reservations are encouraged.

A $10 cover will be charged.

The cost does not include dinner, but does include live music, party favors and champagne for a toast and appetizers at midnight.

For reservations, call 522-1200.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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