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Spokane Tribe preps for industrial push

The Spokane Tribe of Indians is laying the ground for its next ambitious step on the West Plains—developing a 155-acre “green” industrial park to support its goal of creating its own utility company that would generate and distribute solar energy. ...

BumbleBar foresees international opportunities

Glen Ward, the co-owner of Spokane Valley-based snack bar maker BumbleBar Inc., was one of nine owners of small Eastern Washington businesses that participated in a recent nine-day business trip to Japan and South Korea. The trip was organized in part by...

Two Spokane Valley factories imminent

Two Spokane Valley factories imminent

Progress Rail Services, of Albertville, Ala., and Menlo Park, Calif.-based Katerra Inc. might be gearing up to announce soon their plans to construct plants that that could lead to hundreds of living-wage manufacturing jobs in Spokane Valley...


Rare Ayre: Bottling a sense of place

Newly established business owner Michelle Anderson describes herself as a kind of story teller, whose company is working to tell the stories of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic places through their scent. “This region’s landscapes are so very e...


North Idaho College aerospace curriculum grows to meet demand

As Idaho’s aerospace industry continues to grow, so too do programs like those offered through North Idaho College’s Aerospace Center for Excellence, says aerospace director Patrick O’Halloran. “The future for aerospace jobs in this region looks ...


Telect in growth mode as founders exit its board

As Telect Inc.’s co-founders leave its board, the Liberty Lake-based communications networking equipment manufacturing company is looking to continue its recent growth. “We definitely consider this period to be one of growth,” says company Preside...


Lloyd Industries’ plan beyond pans

Lloyd Industries Inc., the prominent Spokane Valley pizza pan and bakeware maker, is expanding the nonculinary manufacturing side of its operations with the launch of a newly named affiliate, Lloyd Metal Fabrication, says Traci Rennaker, the company’s p...


Servatron stays on growth track

The president of Spokane Valley-based Servatron Inc., a maker of electronic circuitry boards, says he expects the company to top $26 million in sales this year, which was the sales total the company reached last year. “Based on our current trend, we fu...

Marijuana testing a must for many manufacturers

Manufacturers in the Northwest are facing a new crisis. Until recently, hip tech firms and Mom and Dad’s couch were the biggest recruiting threats to the manufacturing industry. Although many manufacturing companies are adapting with flex schedules, lea...


Percussionaire set to breathe life into old Coldwater Creek campus

Bonner County-based manufacturer Percussionaire Corp. is preparing to move its operations to new quarters this summer, a decision company CEO Mark Baillie says will allow for increased production capabilities, as the company gets ready for the release of ...

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