Spokane Journal of Business

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Harpers bustles amid slump

POST FALLSBucking two trends at once, the big Harpers Manufacturing office-furniture plant here isnt laying off workers as many manufacturers are, and is expecting sales growth, at a time when many of its competitors are suffering double-digit...

Light rail could trigger flurry of development

The proposed light-rail transit line that would run between downtown Spokane and Liberty Lake could spark private-sector development of more than 1 million square feet of commercial space and up to 4,200 residential units in neighborhoods stations...

Calvert Technologies closes doors

Calvert Technologies Inc., the 28-year-old West Plains automated-systems integrator and manufacturer, has closed its doors, and its owners, George and Judy Calvert, have filed under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to liquidate their couple in...

Hospitality Associates re-franchises 30 hotels

Spokane-based Hospitality Associates Inc. has re-franchised 30 of the 50 hotels it owns and operatesincluding two hereunder an agreement reached recently with Dallas, Tex.-based La Quinta Inns Inc.As part of the transition to the new new the...

Ashley Gardens is defunct

Ashley Gardens at Northpointe, a 2-year-old dementia-care facility at 12420 N. Ruby, on Spokanes North Side, closed its doors last month, laying off 23 workers and forcing eight residents to find other accommodations.Two other dementia-care to...

Workplace stress: Deal with it

In a ruling with potentially broad implications for employers, the Washington state Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a civil lawsuit brought by a Spokane worker who claimed she developed a stress disorder and quit her job because of an and...

Schweitzer owner details long-term development

Schweitzer Mountain Resort is embarking on an aggressive development program that includes marketing some of its 7,000 acres of property to other developers; increasing air-travel access to Sandpoint; and engaging in joint marketing efforts with to...

Costco looks to acquire leased building on Third

Costco Wholesale Corp., the big Issaquah, Wash.-based membership warehouse chain, is attempting to buy the building near downtown Spokane that it will vacate next month after it opens a new, bigger outlet in the Spokane Valley.Kyle BrinJones, at...

Bankruptcy filings hit record level in district

Bankruptcy filings in Eastern Washington rose last year to a record high, and some observers say the increase will continue.During 2000, businesses and individuals filed 8,357 petitions seeking protection from creditors in the U.S. Bankruptcy in...

Deaconess, Shriners consider joint venture

Deaconess Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Children-Spokane are studying the idea of creating a joint childrens hospital, although little is being said publicly about what such a venture would entail.We have been in preliminary with...

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