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Key Tronic seeks counsel about unsolicited suitor

Brett Larsen, chief financial officer at Spokane Valley-based Key Tronic Corp., says the electronics manufacturing service provider is consulting with its attorneys about the behavior of an East Coast electronics manufacturer that’s attempting to execut...

HiTest Sand buys land to build silicon plant south of Newport

Canada-based HiTest Sand Inc. has bought 186 acres of land south of Newport, Wash., and started the application process for necessary permits to build a $325 million silicon smelter there, says Gregg Dohrn, who’s working as the HiTest project manager fo...

West Star Industries eyes $5.6 million facility in Hayden

West Star Industries, a Hayden-based maker of commercial stainless steel food-service products and equipment, plans to build a $5.6 million manufacturing plant in Hayden, a building permit application on file with the North Idaho city shows. Michelle Foc...

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Snacktivist Foods: Health food’s sweet spot

Joni Kindwall-Moore and her children have issues with certain foods. Eggs give her hives, and wheat makes her joints ache. Her son experiences bouts of digestive troubles and eczema from some foods, and her daughter was born intolerant of dairy products....

BumbleBar to produce new nutrition bar line for Dean & DeLuca

Spokane Valley-based snack maker BumbleBar Inc. has been selected by Wichita, Kan.-based food retailer Dean & DeLuca to make its new line of nutrition bars. Founded in 1995, BumbleBar makes plant-based, gluten-free energy bars, cookies, granola, and othe...

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Ag Energy Solutions finds unexpected market for biochar

Carbon Logic, the first product line to be produced by Ag Energy Solutions Inc., of Spokane Valley, is going to pot—yes, the green leafy stuff. Ag Energy originally was formed in 2010 to make equipment to convert agricultural waste into energy. For now...

Key Tronic is target of hostile takeover attempt

Spokane Valley-based Key Tronic Corp. says it learned last week through a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it’s the target of a hostile takeover bid by an East Coast electronics manufacturer. Brett Larsen, chief financial officer for...

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HiTest Sand shifts gears in site search

Edmonton, Alberta-based HiTest Sand Inc. is working on Plan C in its search for a site to develop a $300 million silicon smelter in northeastern Washington HiTest Sand now is looking at a site south of Newport, says Colin Willenbrock, general manager of ...

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Investors enticed by snow cycling manufacturer MotoTrax

Randy Gentry always hated putting his dirt bike away for the winter as a child. And he was never impressed with what he believes is the lack of agility snowmobiles have to offer riders. So starting at 14, Gentry, now 26, started working on an idea that ...

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CXT aims to deepen manufacturing partnerships

Executives at Spokane Valley-based manufacturer CXT Inc. say the company wants to begin deepening manufacturing partnerships with commercial enterprises that need its help researching and designing products. “As a manufacturer, we offer a lot of diffe...

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