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MPM Technologies, partners pursue biofuels niche

MPM Technologies Inc., a 25-year-old Spokane-based provider of environmental control systems and developer of waste-to-energy technology, says it’s working with Washington State University and a software consulting company to research and develop gasifi...

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Mining group changes name to reflect broader reach

Spokane-based Northwest Mining Association, a 119-year-old trade organization representing hard-rock mining and mineral industry members, recently changed its name to the American Exploration & Mining Association. Laura Skaer, executive director of the o...

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Inland Northwest economy continues to make positive strides

In some sectors of the Inland Northwest economy, activity levels are returning to prerecession levels, welcome news that comes none too soon for economic observers. In overall employment, Spokane-area economists are expecting job growth next year, though...

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Inland Northwest timber industry expects steady recovery in coming year

The wood products sector is expecting continued, steady improvement next year, largely due to anticipated ongoing recovery in the U.S. housing market, industry observers say. Shawn Church, editor of Eugene, Ore.-based Random Lengths, a publication that t...

As prices fall, mining industry waits for demand to rebound

With a significant decline in metal prices during 2013, mining companies are cutting costs and focusing on their most promising properties for next year. Laura Skaer, executive director of Spokane-based American Exploration & Mining Association, formerly...

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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