Gilbert Auto Honda opening slated

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The new Gilbert Auto Honda facility is apparently revving up for an opening.

A pre-grand-opening reception is in the works for next week to celebrate the new autoplex on State Route 125. The facility will introduce a new Honda dealership to the community.

The celebration comes about one year after construction of the state-of-the-art $4 million auto mall began. When ground was broken, Walla Walla auto dealer Mark Gilbert said the Honda dealership was expected to be one of four possible dealerships in the four-phase, 15-acre project along Commercial Drive in College Place. The first phase -- the 21,000-square-foot building on three acres -- was initially expected to take seven months.

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The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce circulated information on next Friday's private reception.

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is slated as a special guest at the semi-formal event. Gilbert's band, Copious Notes, will provide live music.

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Walla Walla manufacturer Key Technology has introduced another vibratory conveyor.

The Iso-Glide is an engineered modification of one of its existing conveyors -- the Iso-Flo. The modification allows processors to get self-cleaning benefits for the equipment as their product moves down the conveyor. The system is targeted to frozen-food processors.

According to an announcement from the company, processors using Iso-Glide get the machine's continuous self-cleaning benefits of horizontal motion on an Iso-Flo platform. The product virtually slides along a stainless steel conveyor bed, which prevents buildup of coatings, oils and seasonings, the announcement explained. Vertical acceleration is limited, reducing plant-level noise.

The equipment uses an independent, frame-mounted drive and spring-arm assemblies that distribute energy equally to all parts of the conveyor bed in a controlled, natural-frequency operation, Key explained. It minimizes vibration, reducing the cost of installation and enabling the conveyor to be installed where it is most beneficial.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillouse@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.

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