Spokane Journal of Business

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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...


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...


Calling all machinists

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


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. ...


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...


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...

Nicks Handmade Boots buys old Display House building

Nicks Handmade Boots has bought the former Display House building in Spokane Valley and plans to move its operations there this fall, says Nicks general manager Frank Petrilli. The 20,000-square-foot space, which is located at 6510 E. Sprague and will h...

De Leon Foods to open second grocery store, tortilla making facility in Spokane Valley

De Leon Foods Inc., a Spokane-based company that operates a Mexican food store and deli, plans to open a second outlet at 15530 E. Sprague, in Spokane Valley, says owner Sergio De Leon....


Tate Technology founder, partner roll out new water softening device

Spokane entrepreneurs Lee Tate and Daniel Phinney say they’ll begin marketing this month an electronic device they’ve developed that treats hard water to prevent lime-scale deposits from forming and reduces existing deposits without the use of salt, c...


Inventor set to roll out all-purpose car device

A Spokane-area man has created a tool that he says can be used for five-different functions, ranging from a small snow shovel to a traction device in bad weather. Kevin Klier of Colbert, Wash., says both Napa Auto Parts and O’Reilly Auto Parts have agr...

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