Monday, May 11, 2009

Hughes Group moves here, creates jobs

In June, Hughes Group, LLC, will relocate from Lakewood to Upper Tacoma. Owner Patrick Hughes expects to create about 15 new jobs at his facility management services company. The company will purchase and improve a 10,000 square-foot building at 6th Avenue and Sprague Street, located in one of the City’s renewal areas.

Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA) provided a $450,000 loan to assist with the $1.2 million project, which includes additional funding from the Grow America Fund—a Small Business Administration program. Hughes Group will occupy a little over half of the space to consolidate its warehouse, office space and small showroom. The African American Resource Center, a counseling consortium, and B&I, which provides drug testing and home monitoring for state agencies, also lease space in the building.

The Puget Sound Business Journal recognized the Hughes Group as the seventh-fastest-growing minority-owned business in Washington State in 2008. The firm ranked third on that list in 2007. For more information, contact Genal Gavaldon at or (253) 591-5213.