Success Stories

Wishkah River Distillery

Established in 2011, Wishkah River Distillery has been serving up whiskey, gin and honey vodka for Grays Harbor and beyond. Drawing on a long family history of distilling, Master Distiller Josh Mayr and co-owners Chris Olsen, Patrick O’Donnell and Paul Stutzenburg have worked hard to create a product and brand recognized within the craft distillery industry. As part of their mission to serve local products, Wishkah uses 96 percent locally grown raw materials.


What started as an innovative product concept has turned into a global supplier of body armor and a solid employer in Grays Harbor. Hesco Armor, LLC, located in the Port of Grays Harbor’s Innovation Partnership Zone, began in 2012 with just 3 ½ employees as Reed Composite Solutions. With a solid business plan the company developed new products, grew their business, and was purchased by a global armor provider.

Alder Creative

After a brief time away from Aberdeen for school and work, creative duo Britta Folden and Eric Jackson returned home to create Alder Creative – a full-service marketing and design firm. “We‘re giving our clients what feels like a full-fledged marketing team, without the big price tag of hiring one.” Folden said in an interview with Washington Coast Magazine. After starting in their home office in 2012, they quickly outgrew that space and moved to their current location in downtown Aberdeen on South F Street along the Wishkah River.

Sassy Seafood

From “boat to belly,” Sassy Seafood sells fresh, MSC certified albacore tuna products while supporting local commercial fishermen. Started by two commercial fishing families hailing from the Pacific Northwest six years ago, Sassy Seafood offers six types of canned albacore products.