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Everett, Washington is a thriving community north of Seattle and one of the largest in both Puget Sound and the state as a whole. According to 2018 data, the estimated population of Everett is over 111,000. Everett’s humble beginnings were as a logging settlement near the Snohomish village of Hibulb. In the late nineteenth century, plans emerged to turn the area into a major hub of commerce, infrastructure, and industry.
These plans were able to come to fruition in the 1890s when investors from the East Coast pooled resources to purchase the land necessary for this urban development project. The namesake of Everett is investor Charles Colby’s son. Everett was incorporated a few short years after the railroad was constructed. What was once a modest logging settlement for Western pioneers living among the Snohomish turned into a lumber industry giant.
Industry in Everett expanded rapidly during the first half of the 1900s, including implementing new railways, highways, and an airport. After the Second World War, production shifted from lumber processing and fishing to aerospace development and manufacturing due to Boeing, which is the largest employer in the city to this day, followed by the United States Navy, due to the presence of Naval Station Everett.
Other major employers in the city include:
- Amazon, Inc.
- FedEx Corporation
- Funko, Inc.
- Fluke Corporation
While Everett has boomed, nearby Seattle has exploded in size. The resulting growth has turned the surrounding cities in King and Snohomish counties into commuter towns for citizens who work in the Seattle metropolitan area.
The Snohomish Peoples of Everett
The indigenous Snohomish people are a Lushootseed tribe that still resides in the Puget Sound region in northern Washington. Lushootseed is a unique language due to its lack of nasal consonants. With this in mind, the anglicized tribal spelling of Snohomish is Sdoh-doh-hohbsh, which is Lushootseed for “lowland people” according to the last hereditary Snohomish Chief, William Shelton. Other meanings have been debated by historians, including:
- “Many people”
- “Warrior tribe”
- “Sleeping waters”
- “A type of union among the brave”
The Snohomish peoples originally lived at the Snohomish River’s mouth and on multiple islands not far from Mukilteo. The population stretched along the river to modern-day Monroe. Several subdivisions existed between the tribespeople based on where they lived. The Snohomish on the lower river and Whidbey Island were Sdohobcs, while the peoples found between Monroe and Snohomish were called Sdocohobcs. The N’Quentlamamishes, meanwhile, resided by the Pilchuck River.
The Snohomish population has increased over almost 180 years. In the mid-1840s, the Snohomish population was as small as 322 but has swelled to over 1,200 since the late 2000s. Today, many Snohomish tribespeople are affiliated with the Tulalip Tribes and Reservation located west of Marysville.
A History of Boeing in Everett
While Boeing got its start in Seattle and Renton in the 1910s, the aerospace giant is mainly active at Paine Field in Everett, which has a plant located just north of the airport. Today, all of the widebody jets that Boeing produces are assembled at that plant, from the 747 to the 787. Boeing employed over 100,000 workers at its peak but had to cut down to 30,000 after a massive downturn in the overall aerospace industry in the 1970s.
Boeing products previously assembled in Everett include:
- Bulkheads and B-17 parts manufactured at what was once a garage on Pacific Avenue during World War II
- In the mid-1950s, employees at the Everett-Pacific Shipyard built fixtures and jigs for KC-135 tankers and B-52 bombers
- The first jumbo jet produced by Boeing, the 747, was approved for construction in 1966. Mere months later, the land for the factory at Paine Field was purchased. The plant opened in 1967, and the first 747 was completed just over a year later in the fall of 1968.
The first Boeing 746, named “The City of Everett,” is on display today at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Boeing remains Everett’s largest employer, accounting for over 30,000 jobs. Facilities at the Boeing complex include a fire department, daycare, fitness center, and security team.
What Procedures are Crucial for SERVPRO’s Mold Remediation Process in Everett?
Mold remediation necessitates a wealth of both sophisticated tools and tried-and-true techniques that require extensive training and education to master. SERVPRO ensures that technicians undergo proper training and licensure for residential mold remediation. The repertoire of tools needed for mold removal in Everett includes:
- Establishing containment areas so mold spores cannot travel through vents, doorways, and other openings. Technicians wear proper personal protection equipment (PPE) and designate clean rooms for thorough disinfection
- HEPA filter air scrubbers and vacuums are crucial to removing mold spores and debris from surfaces and the air efficiently and safely. HEPA filters are certified to catch 99.97% of particles with a minimum size of 0.3 microns, a mere fraction of the size of a 70-micron human hair
- EPA-registered biocides, including dozens of SERVPRO’s proprietary solutions, are essential to removing mold spores and odors and creating an environment that is not conducive for them to spread
- Odor control techniques applied by certified SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) ensure that residual odors from moisture and microbes is eliminated at the source to return a mold-damaged home to a preloss condition
While mold lives to some degree in every building, remediation significantly reduces the presence of mold and curbs conditions that allow for its growth. This process improves indoor air quality for home occupants while ensuring that spaces are sanitized and free of odors.
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