Spokane Journal of Business

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Borders to open store at Northpointe Plaza

Borders Books & Music is coming to Spokane.Borders Group Inc., which owns the big bookstore chain, has leased a 23,000-square-foot retail space in the Northpointe Plaza shopping center, on Spokanes North Side, for its first Spokane-area store,...

Redmond concern eyes expansion potential here

SeaMed Corp., a large Redmond, Wash.-based company that designs and manufactures medical devices for a number of major medical companies, is eyeing the Spokane area as a place for possible future expansion, says Ed Rampy, the companys chief very...

Skipper’s leases spots for two new restaurants

Skippers Inc., the Edmonds, Wash.-based quick-service seafood restaurant chain, has leased sites for two new outlets in Spokane and is negotiating to have a structure built for a third new store here.The three new Skippers Seafood & Chowder...

Columbia Lighting expands

Columbia Lighting Inc., the Spokane-based maker of fluorescent lighting fixtures, plans to add about 70 people to its work force here within the next month so it can manufacture an additional product line.The new full-time workers will bring in...

Bartons Heating closes; two managers plan new company

Bartons Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., a 13-year-old Spokane company that at one time employed about 40 people, has closed its doors. However, two of its managers say they plan to launch a successor company, called The Barton Boys Inc., as soon a...

Big West Terrace project looms

A trio of developers from the Tacoma, Wash., area plans to develop a multimillion-dollar business park on part of the still-vacant property on the West Plains where Spokane-based Inland Power & Light Co. sought unsuccessfully for years to develop a...

Alloy Trailers Inc. retrenches

Spokanes Alloy Trailers Inc., which says its one of the two largest remaining full-line manufacturers of over-the-road truck trailers in the Western U.S., is trying to steer back into profitability after trimming its financial load.Weighted...

Economic index suggests possible turnaround here

Spokanes economy may have bottomed out and begun a move into more positive territory, according to the most recent Leading Economic Activity Index compiled by Washington State University professor Don Epley.The index, one of two Epley last to...

Washington Street stretch to be rebuilt

Eller Corp., of Newman Lake, is the apparent low bidder on an about $1.1 million project to reconstruct Washington Street from Spokane Falls Boulevard north to Boone Avenue.Assuming Eller is awarded a contract for the job, construction should at...

Key Tronic clears last of repetitive-stress suits

The last of more than 100 repetitive-stress injury lawsuits filed against Key Tronic Corp. have been dismissed, the Spokane-based electronics contract manufacturer says in its latest quarterly report.Key Tronic says the final 15 suits, all filed...

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