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Kalispel Tribe studies starting clothing company

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians is exploring the possibility of starting its own sewing and clothing company, says the planning director for the tribe. In March, the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved a $50,000 grant t...

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Kaiser plans to increase efficiency with upgrades at Trentwood

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. vice president Scott Endres says the $150 million investment the company has committed to its Trentwood plant in Spokane Valley in the next five years is vital to keeping the company competitive in the global market for its immediate...

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Landing a drone hub

Efforts are underway to lift the status of Kootenai County as a national hub for drone technology. Brad Ward, president of Hayden-based Empire Unmanned LLC, contends the Hayden, Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Rathdrum area has a collaborative edge ov...

Boeing cuts jobs to reduce prices

Boeing’s new cost-reduction plan has deep ramifications for Washington because the bulk of the 4,500 job cuts are likely to land here. CEO Dennis Muilenburg asked investors to view the savings initiative as “playing offense in a competitive marketpl...

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Holster maker Tedder Industries targets growth

Thomas Tedder sees no signs that U.S. guns sales will decline anytime soon. That means his holster-making company, Tedder Industries, currently of Hayden, likely will enjoy strong growth for years to come, he says. The company had 30 employees when it mo...

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Servatron inks its first contract in aerospace

Spokane Valley-based Servatron Inc. has entered the aerospace industry by signing a three-year contract with AvtechTyee, an Everett, Wash.-based manufacturer of electronic systems for the aerospace industry, to test and assemble that company’s electroni...

Zak Designs anticipates another record sales year

Zak Designs Inc., the Airway Heights-based dinnerware designer and manufacturer, says it’s set to complete another record-breaking sales year. Last year, the company recorded the highest sales in its 40-year history, due in part to sales of items feat...

Inventors draw feedback from first Toolbox pitch event

Five entrepreneurs pitched their ideas for various creative products at an event last week titled the Toolbox Pitch Panel that was held at and hosted by the Toolbox business incubator here. The envisioned products include an electric bicycle, an automoti...

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K&N Electric Motors keeps family business focus

Committed to its role as a family-owned and -operated business, K&N Electric Motors Inc. is what company CEO Janet Schmidlkofer calls a happy setup. “We’re approached all the time about selling the company. So far we have no intentions of doing so,”...

Parker Aerospace will close Liberty Lake plant

Cleveland-based Parker Aerospace, which bought the assets of SprayCool Data Systems Inc. in 2010, says it’s shutting down its Liberty Lake facility, located at 2218 N. Molter. Company spokeswoman Alison Dittmeier says 30 employees currently work at th...

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