Washburn leaves mark on building trades

After a 15-year career leading the Tri-City Building and Construction Trades Council, Rory Washburn was just as comfortable advocating for a new construction project in a boardroom filled with elected officials and business leaders as he was out smoothing over conflicts out on a job site.

"Everything that has happened good in this community has taken everybody (working together) to do it," said Washburn, 55, who retired Tuesday as the council's executive director.

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