Key Industries

Centered around Sea-Tac International Airport, the Soundside Region’s connected transportation infrastructure, supply chains, workforce, and businesses offer companies in the aviation and aerospace, logistics and warehousing, light manufacturing and retail trade profitable location advantages. The Soundside’s combined cities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila offer limitless economic development opportunities for large and small business including growth, expansion, and relocation to the Seattle area.


Industry Advantages


Top Companies

Aviation/ Aerospace

  • Next to 9th busiest passenger airport in the U.S.
  • Highly skilled workforce work force with multiple aerospace training partners
  • Proximity to leading aerospace and space cluster
  • Alaska Airlines Headquarters
  • ASIG
  • The Boeing Company
  • Horizon Air Industries
  • Lynden Inc.
  • Gate Gourmet
Logistics/ Warehouse

  • Between 4th largest containerized Port (Northwest Seaport Alliance) in North America that earned Logistics Magazine 2017 highest West Coast port ranking
  • Centered around 19th highest air cargo volume airport in North America
  • Highline College is the Washington State Center of Excellence in Global Trade and Supply Chain Education with offers a BAS in Global Trade and Logistics
  • Transgroup Global Logistics
  • Continental Mills
  • Costco Wholesale
  • SwissPort USA
Light Manufacturing

  • Accessibility to regional and international markets
  • Adept labor force of 72,870 workers
  • Pro-development cities with opportunities for business growth, expansion, or relocation
  • Hartung Glass Industries
  • Safe Works LLC
  • Red Dot Corp
  • Seattle Bagel Bakery
  • Rainier Industries Inc.
Retail Trade

  • High foot and vehicle traffic retail hubs
  • Regional shopping and hotel centers
  • Lower cost, commercially zoned property along I-5 and I-405
  • Azteca Restaurant Headquarters
  • Westfield Southcenter Bi-level Mall – the largest mall in the Pacific Northwest
  • Bahama Breeze
  • Nordstrom Southcenter
  • Fred Meyer
Hotel and Lodging

  • Close proximity to Sea-Tac Airport and light rail connecting to downtown Seattle
  • A large number of new hotel developments and hotel property transactions/ renovations according to Kidder Mathews
  • Doubletree Suites
  • Hotel Interurban
  • Hilton Airport and Conference Center
  • Radisson Hotel
  • Airport Marriott