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Industry leader picks Bremerton for West Coast operations

When the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences began its search for a West Coast location, U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Belfair) and Bremerton economic development director Gary Sexton had the ideal location: downtown Bremerton in the old permit office on Fourth Street.

NCMS, which is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., is a non-profit organization that works to increase efficiency in all aspects of manufacturing.

“This is a major milestone in our 18-year history,” said Richard Pearson, president and CEO of NCMS.

Dicks has been a major supporter of the organization throughout its history, Pearson said.

“One of the reasons we chose Bremerton was to enhance our reputation as a national organization,” he said.

“We knew we had to expand and wanted to become part of a vital and uplifting community.”

When the company’s senior vice president Rebecca Taylor visited Bremerton, Pearson said she quickly convinced him that the city was the ideal location for the organization’s West Coast headquarters.

“She called me on the phone and said, ‘This is it,” he said. “After an exhaustive search, we chose Bremerton because of the vibrant development and revitalization occurring in the city.”

NCMS has worked with private companies including Boeing and Raytheon and has also done work for the Department of Defense at Keyport and Bremerton, he said.

“We firmly believe that something good can happen when the public and private sectors work together for the good of all,” Pearson said.

Sexton said NCMS’ decision to locate in Bremerton is a positive sign for the city’s future.

“It is another sign that Bremerton is

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