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Specialty Environmental: Insulated by a strong market

After a 26-year career as a manager for a large construction company in Hawaii, Ray Skelton moved to Spokane and acquired the assets of two separate environmental and insulation companies, both of which are now reaping the benefits of the current construc...

Rethinking how to value the Columbia River Basin

When non-native settlers first arrived in North America, the natural resource wealth astounded them. They saw the opportunity for endless growth—a nirvana of clear, clean rivers, an open door to economic riches unparalleled anywhere in the entire world....

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Couple design, develop Energy Star rental units

Spokane Valley couple Jaculynn and Hans Peterson have developed a duplex that they claim is the first Energy Star, solar-ready rental income property in the city. Construction recently was completed on the $295,000 structure, at the northwest corner of O...

Cd’A man named Pita Pit franchisee of the year

Pita Pit USA, the Coeur d’Alene-based chain that now includes more than 240 restaurants throughout the U.S, has recognized Erik Morris, of Coeur d’Alene, as its franchisee of the year. Morris, who received the honor at Pita Pit’s annual national c...

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Wheat in Eastern Washington: Strong crop, weak price

The state’s wheat harvest for 2017 is all but over, and industry observers say in general, this year’s crop was high in quality with favorable yields. Despite that, however, with the price of wheat barely over $5 per bushel, many farmers will operat...

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Research pilot explores industrial hemp

Last year, the passage of state Senate Bill 6206 made it possible for licensees to plant the first industrial hemp crop Washington state has seen in 90 years, through a research pilot program managed by the state’s Department of Agriculture called the I...

Trailer retailer here spins off service, repair business

Spokane Valley-based Inland Pacific Trailer Service & Repair LLC has spun off from Inland Pacific Trailer Sales Inc. to become its own corporation, says Steven Hanning, one of the three owners of the spinoff company. Inland Pacific Trailer Service & Repa...

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Truck driver electronic log deadline nears

Spokane-area trucking company executives say they expect to be in compliance with a new electronic logging device mandate by its Dec. 18 effective date, although some have mixed feelings about the controversial federal requirement. The new rule requires ...

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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...

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TDR Logistics on pace for record haul this year

The three-son second generation of ownership at West Plains-based TDR Logistics LLC says the company is experiencing unprecedented heights in terms of sales and activity. The company’s average, gross monthly revenue in 2017 so far has been $1 million, ...

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