Spokane Journal of Business

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Water discharge regulations raise concerns

Three municipal operators along with Kaiser Aluminum Corp. and Inland Empire Paper Co. have Spokane River discharge permits up for renewal, but participants are raising concerns about higher regulatory standards being imposed as part of permit updates. F...

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Scrap metal woes pile up

Spokane-area scrap metal collection and recycling companies say a global market slowdown has battered their industry in recent years, and industry forecasts indicate a rebound in demand for scrap metal is still at least three years away. “It’s really...

Spokane-area exports grow by $17 million

Goods exported from the Spokane and Spokane Valley metropolitan area totaled a little over $823 million last year, marking a 2.1 percent increase from 2014, according to the International Trade Administration’s 2015 Metropolitan Area Export Overview rel...

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One Tree Hard Cider: Good times for hard cider

Now in its third year of operation, Spokane Valley-based One Tree Hard Cider LLC plans to keep expanding by extending its distribution area and creating a second tasting room here. The company increased production this year hoping to increase sales, a...

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Smelter plan raises power issue

The manager of the electric utility that would supply the recently announced silicon smelter planned in Usk, Wash., 50 miles north of Spokane, is anxious to know more about the potential big-power customer, Edmonton, Alberta-based HiTest Sand Inc. Colin ...

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S2 Media: Bringing business under the microscope

Spokane Valley-based S2 Media, a women-owned and -operated company that manufactures microbiological dishes, is eager to begin offering more products and expanding into the market, its co-owners say. S2 Media is a division of S2M Enterprises LLC, which ...

Valley chamber sponsors manufacturing expo

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring the seventh annual Manufacturing Matters Expo, to be held Sept. 26 and 27. Rick Pickel, expo chairman and sales manager at Haskins Steel Co., says this year’s event will have 50 exhibit...

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Carbon-emissions tax initiative stirs strong debate

Spokane-area manufacturers and utilities contend that Initiative 732, which would create a tax on carbon emitted statewide, will hurt both businesses and residents, while proponents say it will reduce carbon emissions and benefit low-income families. The...

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Schweitzer Engineering plugs into rapid growth

Pullman-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., is growing quickly around the world, although it also remains committed to its home base, says company CEO Luis D’Acosta. The company recently broke ground on two buildings in which it plans to ex...

Cd’A parts maker acquires West Side competitor

The husband-and-wife owners of Accurate Molded Plastics Inc., a plastic parts maker based in Coeur d’Alene, have bought competitor Mold-Rite Inc., of Woodinville, Wash., for an undisclosed sum. Together, the two companies employ 230 people, including a...

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