Spokane Journal of Business

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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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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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