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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:42 a.m., Thursday, April 6, 2006

Young Brothers buys new barges, tugs

Advertiser Staff

Young Brothers Ltd., the state's largest interisland cargo service, said today it will spend $186 million over the next 10 years to buy new barges and other equipment.

The company will buy eight barges, six tugboats, containers, cargo handling equipment and information systems, said Glenn Hong, Young Brothers president. The improvements will allow the company to carry 40 percent more cargo, Hong said. The first barge is scheduled to be delivered by the end of this year, while the first tug will be delivered by 2008.

Pier 1 to open in Kailua Saturday

Pier 1 is scheduled to open its first store on O'ahu's Windward site Saturday on Kailua Road.

The 9,437-square-foot store is Pier 1's third on O'ahu and the fourth in the state. The grand opening ceremonies will include a blessing and live entertainment by the Kawika Trask Trio.

Hale Koa workers switch labor unions

Unionized workers at the Hale Koa Hotel have voted to be represented by Unite Here/Local 5 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union. The workers previously were represented by SEIU/NAGE local 556.

"This is an opportunity that our fellow rank and file workers cannon pass up to improve the working conditions at the Hale Koa," said Bill Kearsley, union president.