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Confined spaces on the move

Employees doing work in confined spaces such as a silo, manhole, pit, or vault must follow strict safety procedures under state and federal rules.This year, Spokane-based Oxarc Inc. began offering a new way to train employees to follow safety by...


Engineering firm slims down machine manufacturing

Lambie Engineering LLC, of Spokane Valley, is hoping to revolutionize the way companies fabricate parts through the concept of lean manufacturing. One of the tenets of lean manufacturing, says Lambie Engineering President and owner Ken Lambie, a...


ZBA transitions to new owners

Randy Vanhoff and Mark King, the newest partners at ZBA Architecture PS, of Spokane, say they don't plan to stray from the firm's core business as they lead the firm through a rebranding effort.ZBA, which was founded 29 years ago as Zeck Butler...

Blue Room adds to rural hospital work

Spokane-based Blue Room Architecture & Design PS says it and its team of local consulting engineers is beginning work on the design of a $25 million replacement hospital in Bowman, N.D., a small town in the southwest corner of that state.John is...


Applying legal mind to national engineering issues

While Spokane attorney Keith Grzelak represents engineers and inventors here on intellectual property legal matters, he also plays a national role in support of these professionals for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA.As...

Give generously, but understand tax implications first

There are many options when it comes to charitable giving. With some advance planning, you can make a difference for a cause that's important to you. But before you dive in, make sure you have a clear strategy and understand the basic rules for...


Tax experts plot strategies to soften blows of rate jump

The largest year-over-year individual tax increases in at least a decade are in effect, and high-income earners who haven't planned for them might be in for a shock, tax preparers here say.Many middle-income taxpayers also might be surprised by...


Private venture, nonprofit vision

Central United Methodist Church, in downtown Spokane, is taking a business approach to help homeless people find work, recently providing $100,000 in seed money from an endowment fund to launch Change for the Better LLC.The company, which in May...


Outdoor-activities charity achieves consistent growth

Spokane-based nonprofit Peak 7 Adventures, which seeks to transform the lives of at-risk youth through outdoor activities, says it has served 3,000 participants through its programs this year, nearly a quarter of its more than 12,000 total since in...


Cooking up personal care

Pilgrim's Market employees Sue McMahon and Jen Plum regularly teach women about cooking methods in classes held at the Coeur d'Alene natural health products store, although the results from the recipes they demonstrate rarely get taste the two tips...

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