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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Building a New Economy

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Construction companies seem ripe for the co-op model. The very nature of contracting means a team effort. Along the I-5 corridor between Bellingham and Olympia, there are three construction co-ops and more interested.

Northwest Construction Co-op in Olympia focuses on home remodeling with specialty in tile and linoleum. This co-op was part of the legacy of the Eggplant with some of its founding members also part of New Moon Café. Former members of the co-op also went on to form two other co-ops: Business Services Co-op and the NW Painting Co-op. They are not just building homes, these folks are also building co-operatives. As I understand, part of the spin-offs arose (in part) from the activities not being a core service of the co-op and it seemed smarter for the co-op to focus on its strengths and create new co-ops...

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