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Itron inks contracts far afield

Liberty Lake-based Itron Inc. says it has signed contracts for new projects with two utilities, Gulfport, Miss.-based Mississippi Power, and New Zealand-based Network Waitaki Ltd. Although Itron declined to disclose the value of either contract, the comp...

Avista plans $165M meter upgrade

Spokane-based Avista Utilities is partnering with Liberty Lake-based meter technology manufacturer Itron Inc. to install smart meters throughout Avista's Washington service territory in a $165 million project scheduled to begin next fall, the utility comp...

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Flexhibit expands, rolls out mobile STEM product

Spokane Valley-based IQ Smart Interactive LLC, which does business as Flexhibit, has launched Flexcart, a line of portable science center exhibits designed for hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning in schools, says Coleen Qui...

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Powering up: Northwest Renewables

General contractor Gavin Tenold and electrician Harlan Heise formed Northwest Renewables LLC in 2016 because they saw solar and backup battery installation as a growing market. Now, the co-owners project the company’s revenue will jump in 2018 to $1.3 ...

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Collabra Technology looks to grow following merger

TourFactory, a Spokane company that developed virtual home tours, has merged with Proxio Inc., a global marketing and networking services company based in Santa Clara, Calif. The two have combined to form a new software company known as Collabra Technolo...

Schweitzer Engineering plans big new building in Midwest

Pullman, Wash.-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. says it plans to build a 100,000-square-foot electrical power and research facility near Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. that could generate 300 or more jobs there. The Schweitzer ...

Fatbeam lands $2 million fiber optic project

Coeur d’Alene-based fiber-optic provider Fatbeam LLC says it has secured a $2 million contract with an undisclosed local carrier that will install 100 miles of fiber from Liberty Lake into North Idaho, through Kootenai County and winding its way north i...

Girl Scouts, LinkedIn develop new network

Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with professional networking website LinkedIn to create a new platform called Girl Scout Network, which aims to connect Girl Scout alumna, enabling them to share their career experiences and advice. Nicole Wood, Spoka...

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Data protection law might have far reaching impact

Some cybersecurity experts are focusing their attention on the European Union’s soon-to-be-implemented General Data Protection Regulation, which could have a big effect on how businesses worldwide handle data privacy. “I believe that the majority of ...

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Etailz to lease part of old Itron headquarters in Spokane Valley

Spokane-born online retailer etailz Inc. plans to move its operations in the University District to the former Itron Inc. headquarters building in Spokane Valley, following renovations currently underway, says Mary Miller, etailz’s chief revenue and mar...

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