Spokane Journal of Business

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Wilbert Precast takes part in Lewiston mill upgrades

Wilbert Precast Inc., the Spokane-based precast concrete-products manufacturer, says it completed earlier this month a $500,000-plus project that was part of $25 million worth of upgrades at Idaho Forest Group’s Lewiston, Idaho lumber mill. Brock Mat...

Key Tronic's net income declines

Key Tronic Corp., the Spokane Valley-based electronic services manufacturer, reported this afternoon net income of $1.4 million, or 12 cents a diluted share, for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year ended June 28. That’s down from $2.4 million, or 21 c...

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Gas, water divisions buoy Itron

Itron Inc., the Liberty Lake-based maker of utility meter reading technology, with year-over-year revenue growth driven by double-digit gains in both its gas and water lines of business, is poised to take advantage of new global markets, says Philip Mezey...

Seamless wallet maker launches first product line

A new company here, called PACT LLC, is creating and selling leather wallets and cases, but with a twist: The products are made with absolutely nothing but leather. “It’s built on the idea of how do we create a case or satchel that doesn’t use typi...

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Hewescraft fishing boat maker preps for facility expansion

Hewes Marine Co., the Colville, Wash.-based manufacturer of Hewescraft aluminum fishing boats, is in the architectural planning stages of a $2 million facility expansion, says Tim Baris, the company’s operations and finance director. Garco Constructi...

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A sewing resurgence

After years of contraction in the sewing manufacturing industry, some remaining sewing manufacturers here are seeing a resurgence in sales and employment growth, and others are looking at setting up operations in the Inland Northwest, some industry source...

Third annual manufacturing expo slated next month

Manufacturers from a broad range of industry sectors are expected to gather here for the third annual Advanced Manufacturing, Materials & Aerospace Expo, which will be held Sept. 29-30. The expo aims to highlight opportunities for Inland Northwest manufac...

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Ex-Im bank supporters weigh reauthorization

The fight over whether to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, the government’s export credit agency that helps foreign companies buy U.S. goods, is frustrating to some Spokane-area manufacturers and business owners. They support the reauthorization of t...

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Irv Zakheim: Dishing on an animated career in manufacturing

Dish up a kids’ snack onto a plastic plate featuring the Frozen princesses or that goofy snowman they hang around with, and chances are good you’re using a project created by West Plains-based Zak Designs Inc. Thirty-eight years old, the company has...

Clearwater Paper's net income rises

Clearwater Paper Corp., of Spokane, announced this afternoon second-quarter net income of $12.5 million, or 61 cents a diluted share, up from $11.7 million, or 52 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter. The company reported $498.8 million in sales ...

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