Spokane Journal of Business

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Agilent eyes hiring more than 100

Agilent Technologies, which owns Hewlett-Packard Co.s former operations here, is looking to hire more than 100 people in Spokane immediately.Liz Cox, an Agilent spokeswoman here, says the bulk of the new hires are needed to fill entry-level in...

Itron plots comeback this year

Itron Inc. appears to have regained its confidence, but not its profitabilityyet.The Spokane-based maker of meter-reading equipment for the utility industry has suffered financial losses, layoffs, and unmet expectations over the last couple...

Huge dealership set to swell

KELLOGGThe biggest auto dealership in the Inland Northwest is getting bigger. Dave Smith Motors, both marveled at by admirers and despised by rivals for the high volume of sales it conducts from this old mining town, says it soon will begin in...

Biomedex whips up first forays

Biomedex Inc., a biotech company formed here last year, expects to begin this month producing trial batches of its first producta sterile alcohol disinfectant for clean roomsand also has landed an exclusive license to make and sell a new which...

Fuel prices take a toll here

Spokane businesses and government agencies are feeling the pinch from the nations rising fuel prices, but for the most part commerce hasnt slowed here because of the higher prices.To ride out the costly climb, several transportation-related...

EZ Loader Boat Trailers thrives in marine rebound

Nothing but boat trailers. For nearly 50 years, that tight focus has kept Spokane-based EZ Loader Boat Trailers Inc. successfully cutting sometimes choppy seas, company officials say. Now with a generally healthy U.S. economy and a strong market EZ...

Providence Services seeks $241 million in bonds

Providence Services, which oversees two of Spokanes major hospitals and others in the region, is asking state health-care facility authorities in Montana and Washington to issue about $241 million in bonds in its behalf.Proceeds of the bond be...

Foothills dealership plans South Hill shop

Foothills Lincoln Mercury Mazda plans to open a satellite service center on the South Hill that would be the first Ford Motor Co.-certified facility of its type in the Pacific Northwest and one of only about a dozen nationally.Chris Marr, of the...

USB to build bank branch in Mead area

United Security Bank, of Spokane, says it plans to build a bank branch later this year at a site south of Mount Spokane Park Drive between U.S. 2 and Market Street.Richard Emery, president of United Security Bancorp., the holding company that is...

Inland Power considers big power line upgrade

Inland Power & Light Co., the Spokane-based electrical cooperative, says it plans to upgrade its transmission line through the town of Millwood if Inland Empire Paper Co. selects the cooperative to supply power to its paper plant there.Inland a...

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