Spokane Journal of Business

Local News

Kaiser workers expect complication on benefit

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. faces a Feb. 1 deadline to begin paying early-retirement benefits to up to 300 members of the United Steelworks union here, but a union official says hes not holding his breath thatll happen. Jan. 31st is three or it...

Beverage wholesaler buys competitor, brand

Odom Northwest Beverage Spokane has bought another beer-and-wine wholesaler here and separately has acquired the Spokane-area distribution rights to Coors beer from another company. Odom Northwest, a division of Seattle-based Odom Corp., last a...

Texan buys nine-story building

James F. Cotter, a San Antonio businessman with sizable investments in the Spokane office market, has bought the nine-story QualMed Plaza on Spokanes lower South Hill for $3.4 million.The building is located at the northwest corner of Sixth a...

Hospitals suffer due to trauma-fund suspension

Spokanes two biggest hospitals, already straining under the yoke of higher malpractice-insurance premiums, have been hit with another unforeseen cost: The state earlier this year stopped paying them a customary bonus for treating severely injured...

Some auto dealers here see large jumps in sales

Some auto dealerships here are experiencing record sales so far this year, due partly to manufacturers incentives such as 0 percent financing and large rebates, while other dealers are seeing little change over last years numbers, a spot check up...

Public art no mystery to Enigma

In 1970, Tom Askman got an incredible urge to create a sculpture, even though the painter and art instructor hadnt done any sculpting before. I decided I wanted to do it back in Wyoming, where he had been raised, Askman now says. I...

FERC criticizes Avista

A public hearing has been set for April in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions investigation of possible misconduct by Avista Corp., Avista Energy Inc., and two affiliates of Enron Corp., and an initial decision in the case could come next...

Eviction filings triple here

Unlawful-detainer filings, which landlords use in Washington state to forcibly evict tenants who have violated rental-agreement terms and then ignored notices to leave, have tripled in Spokane County over the last 10 years.The number of such in...

East Sprague retail woes persist

Two years ago, veteran commercial real estate broker Marshall Clark said hed never seen so many vacant retail spaces in the Spokane Valley, especially along the traditional retail area of East Sprague Avenue between Thierman and Sullivan then, he...

Growing Itronix leases former Telect building

Itronix Corp., the Spokane maker of rugged computers, has leased a 2-year-old building in Liberty Lake that telecommunications equipment maker Telect Inc. owns and had occupied until scaling back its operations last year.Dave Bergman, Itronixs...

Sign up for our E-mail updates

including the
Morning Edition

Join our list