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Back from China, Ephrata Manager Confused About Reason for Trip

The manager of the Port of Ephrata, Wash., traveled to China in early April supposedly to visit with potential investors in Washington Tire Corp.’s proposed tire factory in his city.

According to the Columbia Basin Herald, though, the trip appeared to have less to do with selling the city to investors and more about the investors wanting to come to the U.S.

The trip was paid for by Washington Tire Corp., formerly known as American Tire Corp. and part of Colorado Tire Corp.

Mike Wren, manager of the Port of Ephrata, told the newspaper that he “didn’t know the results of the trip because the investment company hosting the event must follow up with the investors,” the newspaper reported.

“The investors were with the EB-5 Program, which is an incentive program to attract foreign investment into the U.S. In exchange for investing in the project, investors receive green cards,” the Herald wrote.

“For them, the ones who came and spoke to me afterwards, they see this as a vehicle to come to America for more than the financial aspect,” Wren said. “To see their hunger to go to America is a great reminder of what we have. They’re really friendly people. They’re very gracious hosts, very friendly when they stop moving.

“Our goal was to talk about Grant County, not really endorse Washington Tire,” Wren said.

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