Spokane Journal of Business

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Sandpoint home-and-airplane-hangar development is in holding pattern

A $26 million fly-in community at Sandpoint that the developer, SilverWing at Sandpoint LLC, characterized two years ago as ready for takeoff, hasn’t lifted off the ground since then—and currently is sputtering in litigation. A lawsuit filed by Silv...

Unicep Packaging buys new production equipment

Sandpoint-based Unicep Packaging LLC says it has acquired a new manufacturing line that produces sealed single-dose products with enclosed applicators. The terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed. The production line packages certain topical produc...

Max J. Kuney Co. wins $13.5 million Post Falls dam rehab project

Avista Corp., of Spokane, has selected Spokane-based Max J. Kuney Co. as the contractor for a planned $13.5 million upgrade and restoration of the south channel dam on the Post Falls Dam complex. The work will include removing the original concrete facin...

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Framework Meetings is expecting solid growth in 2014

Coeur d’Alene-based Framework LLC, which does business as Framework Meetings & Destinations, expects to book more than 50 corporate training events and meetings and more than 120 other events throughout the U.S., say co-owners Wendi Haught and Scott She...

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Kootenai County looks to ride building momentum

Kootenai County is gaining momentum in most sectors of the construction industry. In 2013, construction volume in unincorporated Kootenai County and its three largest cities—Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Hayden—totaled $337 million, an astounding ...

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Avista capital projects loom

Avista Corp. has several big capital projects totaling $235 million in value in various stages of planning and construction this year in the Spokane area. They range from a $1 million gas-line connection replacement project to an $80 million computerized...

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Palouse crops get farm bill boost

Inland Northwest producers of chickpeas and other legumes expect to see economic benefit from two initiatives in the recently passed five-year farm bill, agricultural industry observers say. One of the measures in the Agricultural Act of 2014 provides $1...

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Bennett House touts respite for senior caregivers

Coeur d’Alene businessmen Rick Bennett and George Cunningham have opened an adult day care facility, called Bennett House, to provide caretakers some respite from tending to elderly loved ones. Bennett and Cunningham formed a partnership to open Ben...

Hecla reports loss

Hecla Mining Co., of Coeur d’Alene, reported today a fourth-quarter net loss of $3 million, or 1 cent a diluted share, compared with net income of $605,000 in the year-earlier period. For all of 2013, the company posted a net loss of $25.7 million, o...

Inland Northwest commodity markets expected to be mostly profitable

Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Spokane-based agricultural lending cooperative, says commodity markets appear generally strong this year for most agricultural producers, but wheat producers will face challenges turning a profit due to lower grain pric...

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