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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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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, ...


MMEC Architecture & Interiors plans for future

Spokane-based architectural firm MMEC Architecture & Interiors says it’s embracing change as it prepares its staff for greater leadership roles and strives to incorporate the latest technology into its building designs. Established in 1999, MMEC offers...


Strata forges ahead after management changes

Jim Murphy, CEO of Strata Inc., which specializes in geotechnical engineering and construction material testing and inspection, says the company has transitioned quickly from a leadership change that occurred in March this year. Murphy—who previously s...


MSI Engineers shows resistance to lulls

The Spokane mechanical engineering firm known today as MSI Engineers has enjoyed steady growth since its start, says founder William Meulink. “Even during the downturn, we didn’t contract,” he says. “We continued to grow.” Today, MSI Engineers...

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