Spokane Journal of Business

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HiTest Sand shifts gears in site search

Edmonton, Alberta-based HiTest Sand Inc. is working on Plan C in its search for a site to develop a $300 million silicon smelter in northeastern Washington HiTest Sand now is looking at a site south of Newport, says Colin Willenbrock, general manager of ...

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Investors enticed by snow cycling manufacturer MotoTrax

Randy Gentry always hated putting his dirt bike away for the winter as a child. And he was never impressed with what he believes is the lack of agility snowmobiles have to offer riders. So starting at 14, Gentry, now 26, started working on an idea that ...

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CXT aims to deepen manufacturing partnerships

Executives at Spokane Valley-based manufacturer CXT Inc. say the company wants to begin deepening manufacturing partnerships with commercial enterprises that need its help researching and designing products. “As a manufacturer, we offer a lot of diffe...

Sound-Rite selects president, looks to add more robots

Sound-Rite Plastics Ltd., parent company for Coeur d’Alene-based Accurate Molded Plastics Inc. and Mold-Rite Inc., of Woodinville, Wash., says it has hired a new president and is accelerating efforts to add more robots to its processes due to difficulti...

Triumph opts not to sell West Plains plant

Wayne, Pa.-based aerospace manufacturer Triumph Composite Systems Inc. told employees this morning that its West Plains manufacturing plant is no longer for sale, and the company plans to continue operating it. Triumph employs about 400 people at the f...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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