Spokane Journal of Business

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EnronÂ’s fallout hits Avista

Some of the shock waves that have rolled out in virtually every direction from Enron Corp. since it filed for protection from creditors Dec. 2 are being felt here at Avista Corp.Enrons bankruptcy filing constituted a default under contracts of...

Itron sees much broader role

Look at Itron Inc. and youll see a maker of automated meter-reading systems for utilities worldwide that in the last two years has boosted its sales, profits, and work force at a time when many other high-technology companies have company CEO at...

Buck Knives eyes Post Falls

Buck Knives Inc., a renowned maker of hunting and utility knives, is considering moving its corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant to Post Falls from Southern California, which would bring about 300 jobs here.Buck Knives is looking at of...

State DOT proposes land-for-services swap

The Washington state Department of Transportation wants to exchange a parcel of land on Spokanes North Side that has strong development potential for construction of a building in the Spokane Valley and for a project north of Spokane.The swap...

Stoneridge closed for renovation

Stoneridge Golf Course, just north of Spirit Lake, Idaho, closed last weekend for a yearlong, $2.5 million renovation.The project includes rebuilding all of the greens on the 18-hole golf course, adding new tee boxes and rebuilding older tee a a...

MSC starts remodel at East Sprague facility

MSC/Premera Blue Cross, one of Eastern Washingtons largest health insurers, has started work on a $1.7 million remodeling project at its main office complex.The complex, which is located at 3900 E. Sprague, includes two buildings with a total...

Farmers & Merchants logs strong annual gains

Farmers & Merchants Bank, of Spokane, posted healthy gains in loans, assets, deposits, and net income in 2000.We had a good year, says John Tombari, the banks chief operating officer.The banks net income soared 28.7 percent to $2.8 up...

GranTree re-enters market

GranTree Furniture, of Portland, has re-entered the Spokane market, opening a store at the northwest corner of Second Avenue and Bernard Street, and plans to open two more stores here within the next 12 months.Once GranTree has opened three it a...

New nonprofit pitches Valley sports complex

Spokane businessman Kert Carlson has formed a nonprofit corporation named Sports USA through which he hopes to develop and operate an $8 million-to-$10 million sports complex in the Spokane Valley. The project is in the predesign stage, and the...

Rockwood eyes another expansion

Spokane United Methodist Homes Inc., a nonprofit corporation that operates Rockwood Retirement Communities here, plans to develop a $6 million-to-$7 million addition to its Rockwood Forest Estates independent-living subdivision on Spokanes South...

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