Spokane Journal of Business

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Construction activity soars

Spokane city and county recorded a dramatic $188 million combined increase in building permit activity in 1998, zooming past numbers posted during a mostly lethargic construction season the previous year.Together, they issued permits last year a...

Bullhide Liner launches initial public offering

Bullhide Liner Corp., a Spokane maker of a spray-on, pickup truck bed liner, is planning an aggressive expansion, fueled in part by money its attempting to raise in an initial public offering launched in December.Ron Grossman, Bullhides says...

Strawboard offering eyed; British want to buy shares

Northwest Strawboard Inc., a Pasco, Wash.-based company thats been formed to develop three plants in Eastern Washington to make particle board out of straw, hopes to raise $5 million in a stock offering to help pay for the first of the plants, in...

Dakotah to hire 300 more insurance agents

Dakotah Direct Inc., the big Spokane telemarketing company, plans to hire 300 additional insurance agentsmost of them in Spokaneover the next eight months to handle increased telemarketing business from insurance companies.Connie Browning, a...

Home Depot secures Coeur d’Alene location

Home Depot Inc., of Atlanta, has leased land at the northeast corner of U.S. 95 and Sunset Avenue in Coeur dAlene and plans to build a store there, says Amy Friend, a Fullerton, Calif.-based company spokeswoman.Earlier, Home Depot had said it...

Labor here is in short supply

As Spokane Countys unemployment rate has slipped lower and lower, the available work force here, which has been touted for years as plentiful, isnt so abundant any more.Both companies with large hiring needs and temporary-help agencies are a...

Short line gets new lease on life

A 108-mile freight line that connects Cheney to Coulee City, Wash., was deteriorating and headed for abandonment until Eastern Washington grain shippers, legislators, and the state Department of Transportation stepped in to help save it.Now, the...

Empire Securities under fire

Copyright 1998 by Journal of BusinessEmpire Securities Inc. of Washington, a Spokane brokerage firm, is under fire.A retired Spokane optometrist and his wife have filed suit in U.S. District Court here claiming that Empire Securities and them...

Preparing a home for Met

Walker Construction Inc., of Spokane, has begun remodeling the Farm Credit Banks Building downtown for Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Co., the big Spokane financial-services company that bought the high-rise last year. Metropolitan plans to its...

Harley-Davidson sues Spokane motorcycle shop

EVO-lution Inc., a Spokane motorcycle dealership, has been sued by Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and its parent for alleged use of Harley-Davidson registered trademarks without authorization.The lawsuit, which was in...

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