Spokane Journal of Business

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Agricultural market remains strong despite dip in wheat prices

Northwest wheat producers face a changing marketplace heading into 2014, with grain prices being pressured slightly lower because of weaker corn prices and a bountiful world wheat crop. Industry observers say the Inland Northwest’s predominant soft whi...

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Health care, manufacturing lead North Idaho rebound

Health care, manufacturing, tourism, and real estate are among current growth industries in Kootenai County that are expected to continue to improve in the new year, sources in North Idaho say. Alivia Metts, Post Falls-based regional labor economist for ...

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Liberty Lake prototyping shop crafts steady growth

Proto Technologies Inc., a Liberty Lake prototype manufacturer, has experienced growth this year in revenues and its client base, says Rory Nay, the company's president.The company, located at 22808 E. Appleway, makes custom parts, models, and a...

Revett Minerals posts loss, files for U.S. corporation

Spokane Valley-based Revett Minerals Inc. has reported a third-quarter net loss of $600,000, or 2 cents per share, compared with net income of $4.4 million a year ago. The loss follows 10 months of halted operations at the company's Troy Mine in...

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Wemco plans big new facility on West Plains

Airway Heights-based Wemco Inc., a light industrial equipment manufacturer, is starting a $6 million project to build a new production facility on a 10-acre parcel on the West Plains, says John Rouse, the company's vice president.The project is...

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Engineering firm slims down machine manufacturing

Lambie Engineering LLC, of Spokane Valley, is hoping to revolutionize the way companies fabricate parts through the concept of lean manufacturing. One of the tenets of lean manufacturing, says Lambie Engineering President and owner Ken Lambie, a...

Vandermeer to expand, move in Valley

Vandermeer Forest Products Inc., a Lynnwood, Wash.-based wholesale lumber supplier, is preparing to move its Spokane Valley operations onto its own property in the Valley from leased office space and a third-party distribution facility, says Gary a...

Revett Minerals delays Troy Mine production start

Spokane Valley-based Revett Minerals Inc., which in December suspended mining at its Troy Mine in Montana due to safety concerns, says it won't resume operations there until late next year as it constructs a new underground route to copper and CEO...

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Calling all inventors, gadgeteers: Makerspace group forms in Spokane

A nonprofit organization here named Spokane Create! is embracing a growing trend in the U.S. and globally to launch community workshops called "makerspaces," where a diverse group of people can tinker with technology and build gadgets.The people...

Hecla reports deeper loss

Hecla Mining Co., of Coeur d'Alene, reported today a third-quarter net loss of $8.6 million, or 3 cents a basic share, compared with a loss of $1 million in the year-earlier period.The loss occurred as Hecla reported a 42 percent increase in to to...

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