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Empire Technical Development finds fresh focus on bugs

Peter Bean had no idea when he co-founded Empire Technical Development LLC three years ago that he’d one day pack his bags and travel to the Entomology Society of America’s annual trade show to try to drum up new business. “No, it certainly wasn...


Nelson Brothers Inc.: Inventor at heart

Rod Nelson, president and owner of Spokane Valley-based Nelson Brothers Inc., has developed a conceptual prototype for a sprinkler system he says can conserve water by being programmed from an app downloaded to a smartphone or tablet. “The potential is...

Sterling International debuts clip-on repellent

Spokane Valley-based Sterling International Inc. has debuted its latest product, a clip-on mosquito repellent. Called the GoClip, the device is designed to fend off insects while attached to a shirt collar, waistband, shorts pocket, hat, or lanyard. S...


Inland Northwest aerospace hiring expected to cool

Inland Northwest aerospace manufacturers and industry observers expect hiring within the sector to slow in the next few years. Doug Tweedy, Spokane-based regional economist for the Washington state Employment Security Department, says hiring in aerospace...


Powering drones at Vertical Partners Northwest

Though Rathdrum-based Vertical Partners West LLC has become a major supplier of batteries and chargers to remote-controlled model hobbyists during the last 15 years, commercial sales driven by the surging drone market could overtake the hobby sales this y...


Aerospace work outpaces other sectors at AccraFab

Long known as a precision sheet metal fabricator, Liberty Lake-based AccraFab Inc. has spent the last few years working to expand its services to include other industries, with a particular focus on aerospace. AccraFab manufactures parts to serve variou...

BumbleBar expands as sales increase sharply

Spokane Valley-based BumbleBar Inc. says it has moved to a larger manufacturing facility to accommodate its rapid growth. The gluten-free snack bar maker has moved into 36,000 square feet of space in the Flora Industrial Center, at 3014 N. Flora Road. It...


Spokane Valley manufacturer CXT begins partnership with hydroponics company

Spokane Valley-based CXT Inc. has begun a new manufacturing partnership with Vertical Harvest Hydroponics LLC, an Anchorage, Alaska-based company that designs and builds what are called containerized growing systems. Containerized growing systems are co...


Pearson Packaging’s growth wave

Pearson Packaging Systems, the West Plains-based maker of packaging equipment, says it expects double-digit revenue growth this year and for the foreseeable future. President and CEO Michael A. Senske says the company has experienced that sustained level...


Post Falls parts maker restrengthens through reshoring

Swiss Tech Precision USA, a Post Falls company that makes critical metal parts that other manufacturers use in a variety of products, is regaining strength largely through reshoring efforts of its U.S. customers, says Christopher Mark Choate, who bought S...

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