Yakima County hops companies join together

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- Two major hop companies in Yakima County are merging. Hopunion and Yakima Chief will now operate under a new parent company, "Yakima Chief-Hopunion LLC."

The headquarters will be in Yakima with operations worldwide. This merger took effect last week. The two companies said in a press release they expect to be completely integrated next year.