Spokane Journal of Business

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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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Extreme Industrial Coatings pursues belt-grip patent

A West Plains business owner says he believes he’s found the answer to the common industrial problem of rubberized belts slipping on pulley systems in heavy-duty machinery. Jon Osborne is the owner and president of Extreme Industrial Coatings Inc. (EIC...

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Energizing innovation

Edmund O. Schweitzer III founded Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in 1984, and essentially from the beginning, the company has been growing rapidly. The 31-year-old, Pullman-based enterprise designs, manufactures, and supports products and services f...

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Calling all machinists

The demand for machinists in the Spokane area remains high, with a number of companies here advertising openings online. ...

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Manufacturer educates teachers on drone technology

Minds-i Inc., a five-year-old Liberty Lake company that started out researching and developing static, motorized, robotic, and remote-control toys, has ridden the recent wave of interest in robots and aerial drones to shift heavily into education. ...

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Itron delves deeper into solar energy sector

Liberty Lake-based Itron Inc. says it has expanded on its relationship with Sunrun Inc., one of the nation’s largest solar companies. Sunrun will be purchasing more solar meter devices from Itron and relying on its staff to process data generated by th...

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Quest Aircraft grows its market reach, expands its Idaho plant

Quest Aircraft Co., the Sandpoint-based maker of the rugged Kodiak airplane, announced earlier this month at an aircraft show in Wisconsin that it has expanded its dealership network, and it also now offers a fully certified executive version of the plane...

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