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The Seattle-Tacoma Hardest Working Cities award in front of the famous Pike Place Market.

The Seattle-Tacoma Hardest Working Cities award in front of the famous Pike Place Market.

SEATTLE-TACOMA (August 17, 2016) — There's more to the Seattle-Tacoma area than the original Starbucks, major tech companies, and beautiful mountains; this metropolitan area is bursting with hard work.

With close to four million residents, and projects such as the $470 million Seattle-Tacoma International Airport renovation, WSDOT's I-5 overhaul, and Port of Seattle's expanded international arrivals facility, it's no surprise the Seattle-Tacoma area received the Hardest Working Cities title.

After an exhaustive review of more than 400 metropolitan census areas, the area was selected to receive this award for its substantial employment in construction and manufacturing, which helped place the area within the top 20 percent in North America for contribution to gross domestic product.

Surprise Jobsite Visits

We started our celebration on Wednesday morning along with the Valley Freightliner Pacific team to meet with workers at three different jobsites around Seattle-Tacoma. The first site was at Potelco, an electric utility contracting company that has served customers in the Pacific Northwest since 1965.

Workers at Potelco line up to get Hardest Working Cities gear and breakfast on Freightliner. Workers take a break to allow us to thank them for all their hard work.

Our next stop was with workers at Food Services of America. Food Services of America is one of the largest foodservice distributors in the U.S., providing everything needed to build and run a successful food service operation.

Our last stop was with workers at Miles Sand & Gravel. Since 1943, the Miles group of companies has supplied aggregate and ready mixed concrete in the greater Western Washington region.

At each stop, we brought Hardest Working Cities safety vests, koozies, hats, and free food to keep these hard workers fueled for the day. The best part about the visit? Getting to talk with these hard workers one-on-one and finding out what hard work means to them.

We took a minute to thank workers for all their hard work. State Senator Pam Roach accepts the Seattle-Tacoma Hardest Working Cities award.

The AWARD PRESENTATION

The next day, we headed to Valley Freightliner in Pacific to host the Hardest Working Cities award presentation.

The event began with an introduction from Valley Freightliner's general manager, Alex Bernasconi, followed by remarks from Freightliner's vocational marketing communications manager, Allan Haggai, about the Hardest Working Cities program and why the Seattle-Tacoma area was selected to receive the award.

State Senator Pam Roach also made a speech to thank workers in the area and talked about the importance of work trucks and what they accomplish for areas like Seattle-Tacoma. We also had celebrity appearances by NHRA racers Matt Hagan and John Force, who signed autographs for guests at the event.

NHRA racers Matt Hagan and John Force sign autographs for guests at the Seattle-Tacoma Hardest Working Cities award presentation.

We were honored to celebrate the Seattle-Tacoma area and, more importantly, take a moment to honor the men and women who do the jobs that help make places like this thrive.

Congratulations, Seattle-Tacoma. Take a bow, then get back to work.

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