Spokane Journal of Business

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Gas, water divisions buoy Itron

Itron Inc., the Liberty Lake-based maker of utility meter reading technology, with year-over-year revenue growth driven by double-digit gains in both its gas and water lines of business, is poised to take advantage of new global markets, says Philip Mezey...


Life sciences recruitment startup launches here

Two veterans of the life sciences industry have partnered to form a new biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry talent recruitment business here, called Celere LLC. Former Jubilant HollisterStier CEO Marcelo Morales and Justin Rayment, who owns a sepa...


Irv Zakheim: Dishing on an animated career in manufacturing

Dish up a kids’ snack onto a plastic plate featuring the Frozen princesses or that goofy snowman they hang around with, and chances are good you’re using a project created by West Plains-based Zak Designs Inc. Thirty-eight years old, the company has...

Shawn Davis and Ryan Stemkoski, on screen, demonstrate how Zipline employees use teleconferencing tools to collaborate on projects from remote locations.

Chucking the punch clock with results-only work environment (ROWE)

Zipline Communications Inc., the Spokane-based website and mobile applications builder that does business as Zipline Interactive, has tossed the 9-to-5 workday and has liberated its employees from their office confines. Ryan Stemkoski, 31, who co-founded...


Innovation’s turning point

The closure of the Innovate Washington agency leaves a noticeable hole in the fabric of resources for nurturing startups here, but entrepreneurs and those involved in the angel investment community say they have been working to create an “entrepreneuria...


intelliPaper ramps up, to roll out new product

As intelliPaper LLC ramps up production to fill its backlog and meet increasing demand, the Edwall, Wash.-based maker of recyclable, paper-based USB flash drives has a new product in the works that it expects will help it accelerate its growth. Meanti...


Aerostar Aircraft takes long, slow journey to make fast jet

Three decades after the last new Aerostar airplane was manufactured, the current owners of Aerostar Aircraft Corp. still are working to carry out the vision of the plane’s designer—to produce with the same basic airframe small jets for business and pe...


Aerospace industry searches for skilled workers

As demand for aerospace products rises worldwide, the industry here and across the state is experiencing a shortage of skilled workers, and the gap could continue to widen, industry leaders here say. Mike Marzetta, president of Liberty Lake-based Altek ...


Growth strategy amply energizes Schweitzer Engineering

Pullman-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. is plugged into an aggressive growth strategy as it increases its lines of products and services and expands its markets, says Luis D’Acosta, SEL’s chief operations officer. The 30-year-old comp...


Cell booster maker shifts focus away from retail

ClearRF LLC, the 4-year-old Spokane Valley-based maker of wireless signal amplifiers, is leaving the consumer market and plans to focus fully on what’s called the machine-to-machine, or m2m, sector. The move is intended to enable the company to purs...

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