Gilbert Auto Honda opening slated


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.


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.


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 or 509-526-8321.


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