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In a Seattle Times Jon Talton column today, this list of Puget Sound area corporate headquarters that have gone away – somewhere – over the last decade: “It’s a painful list: Boeing, Washington Mutual, Safeco, Immunex, Puget Sound Energy during the last decade.”

The point of the column was to add another: Todd Pacific Shipyards, where 800 people in the area have worked.

At least this one isn’t going far away: The new owner, probably (the deal evidently isn’t final), is Vigor Industrial of Portland.

Talton adds this significant point: “Publicly traded Todd is essentially in play, and other bidders might emerge. Vigor is privately held and less vulnerable to Wall Street’s destructive whims (take note, Microsoft and others).”

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