December 5, 2018 | Jeff Hallman
Good day to everyone in NCW, this is Jeff Hallman with AGENT509. It's been a bit busy and with the holidays and yourselves, we are all trying to keep it together! Today, I want to share a story about Bitmain, one of the  newest companies  that are now calling the Wenatchee Valley home.

Bitmain was founded in China by Micree Zhan and Jihan Wu. Bitmain  is a privately owned company headquartered in Beijing, China and now has operations both in East Wenatchee (They're first in North America) and a North American Repair Center (moved up from California) now based in Malaga. Bitmain has hired local engineers, managers, and personnel to equip their operations that work both regionally and nationally. Though in business since 2013, they are essentially a startup here in North America.  For an example in perspective,  a colleague who I got to know who represents the Grant County Airport business district...when you think Bitmain...think market segment Boeing, Microsoft.

In the days and years leading up to this connection, I can honestly say there was never a goal here at AGENT509 to ever connect or meet with Bitmain and their North American Director of Operations, Mr. Jeff Stearns. As they say sometimes, hard work beats talent, that is the case for sure here. You see...for several years up to that, we would have clients here at AGENT509 who were interested in commercial and/or industrial land...not a lot, but enough occurrences that it led us to discover what available properties were out there...and with those connections, we developed relationships with the sellers of each property. So over 5 or 6 years, I lost track now, without any real success, one of the sellers had remembered our company when the governor's office was sent out with Bitmain and Jeff Stearns to locate possible sites in Washington State.

The Wenatchee Valley is a special place in the world, with incredible people, organizations, and talent. Bitmain saw that in working with, for example, Craig Larsen at Chelan County Port District, to all the people at the Chelan and Douglas County Building and Planning Departments, to the local contractors, and to the community in large. There is a work ethic here and a yearning to compete...with all these assets in place...we have another company and teammate that with hard work and perseverance will cultivate and elevate local opportunity in future jobs here at home.
There is so much to this story that to put it into words would just take too much time to write and for you to read. We witnessed integrity and hard work with Bitmain and when we visit their offices, you can see that in the people who now represent them.....we feel lucky to have had the chance to meet and work with them, and big thank you to Xiaojing Guo, Jeff Stearns and James Kyle of Bitmain...from all of us at AGENT509, we thank you and all of those who helped in this endeavor that will bring new jobs and opportunities to young and old alike. May the future be bright.

Make it a great day! All the best. Jeff



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