Spokane Journal of Business

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Hi Ho! It’s Spokane’s Scone Ranger

David Ainley's Chrysler van features spray paint renderings of the Lone Ranger and his sidekick, wielding scones instead of pistols. In this distinctive vehicle, Ainley shuttles scones to area coffee shops and farmers markets...


Proposed silicon smelter near Newport brings out FANSS, CANSS

A Canadian company’s proposal to construct a silicon smelting facility on a 188-acre site about 1.5 miles south of the town of Newport, Wash., has caused a rift in the community of about 1,200 residents. PacWest Silicon, a subsidiary of Edmonton...


Zenbivy LLC: Sleeping bags, camping beds are a sleeper hit

Michael Glavin says he’s seeking to turn both the sleeping bag industry and the retail world on their heads with his camping gear company, Spokane-based Zenbivy LLC. The company’s primary product is a combined sleeping bag and camping bed that...


A healthy buzz at BumbleBar

Spokane Valley-based gluten-free snack bar maker BumbleBar Inc. is abuzz with new growth this year, as it moves into a leaner model of manufacturing and works to expand both its own product line and co-packing relationships. “Our focus right now is...


Recruiting from the West Side

The city of Spokane is preparing to launch its own job recruiting initiative aimed at attracting West Side companies to bring highly paid professional and management-level jobs here. The campaign, the first of its kind for the city, likely will start...


Drivers Wanted

Trucking industry experts say a scarcity of commercial truck drivers has begun to create sweeping consequences ranging from higher prices for goods to a slower economy due to widespread inability to deliver goods on time. Sheri Call, executive vice...


Amazon to staff up by fall of 2019

Before the 2019 holiday rush, Amazon.com Inc. hopes to have nearly all 1,500 positions filled at the massive fulfillment center under construction on the West Plains, says company spokesperson Lauren Lynch. Amazon will begin hiring a few weeks before the...


Britz Designs: Tools for lakeside living

Liberty Lake-based Britz Designs LLC designs products geared toward making lakeside living easier for homeowners, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts. This season marks the company’s second summer of operations, and its owners say sales are climbing along ...

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...


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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