Spokane Journal of Business

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Jack Buell Trucking buys mill, relocates it to Idaho

A new whole-log chip mill is expected to be in operation near St. Maries, Idaho, late this year. The mill is owned by Jack Buell Trucking, of St. Maries, and will operate at the company’s Swan Lake Fiber site in Milltown, a Benewah County, Idaho, commun...

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Building material prices surge

With construction material costs rising nationally, Inland Northwest construction companies are feeling the impacts. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics producer price index for construction materials increased 2.2 percent from April to May, marking the...

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Tomahawk Steelworx LLC: Picking up new uses

Where most people see small tools and old car parts, Lloyd Morris sees a lamp, a shelf bracket, or a bench. Morris has built his new business, Tomahawk Steelworx, around repurposing old metal into furniture and other items. “I just like building uniqu...

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MacKay Manufacturing reports growth in sales

A decade after the Great Recession, MacKay Manufacturing Inc. owner and Vice President Katie MacKay says business is good. From 2014 to 2016, the computer numerical control precision machining manufacturer had stagnant sales of around $22 million ann...

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Ag Enterprise Supply: Enterprising more custom jobs

Ryan Kuster, parts and manufacturing department manager for Cheney-based Ag Enterprise Supply Inc., says he’s noticed fewer companies offer custom fabrication these days. “It does require more care, effort, and time,” says Kuster. In contrast, Ag ...

Northwest Bedding

Northwest Bedding to be shuttered

Longtime Spokane-area mattress maker and retailer Northwest Bedding Co. will shut down operations this summer, says controller Lee Kvalheim, citing a lack of a succession plan and an absence of interested buyers in the decision to close the company....

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Sesh Technologies grows with cannabis industry

As the cannabis industry continues its rapid expansion, manufacturing companies across the country are clamoring to develop new technologies to meet the needs of growers, producers and consumers. One such company is Sesh Technologies & Manufacturing LLC,...

Permits secured for Gold Reserve project

Gold Reserve Inc., a mining company incorporated in Canada with executive offices in downtown Spokane, has received the permit to begin construction activities at a gold, copper, and silver mining project in southeast Venezuela in conjunction with the Ven...

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Latah Bistro owner, partner pursue a flour-ing venture

Restaurateur Dave DuPree has agreed to sell the popular Latah Bistro restaurant in south Spokane and its neighboring coffee stand, Latah Latte, in order to focus full time on a growing business venture, a company called Flour Farm LLC, which makes a glute...

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Tariffs import uncertainties for some Spokane-area manufacturers

Although images show President Donald Trump surrounded by smiling aluminum and steel workers after signing two proclamations imposing tariffs on imports of aluminum and steel, some Spokane-area buyers and manufacturers of steel and aluminum say they aren...

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