Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Continues to Grow in the Inland Northwest

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) announced 100 new assembler openings and a starting wage increase to $13.50 per hour during a Community Open House celebrating the fifth anniversary of SEL Lewiston. SEL invents, designs, and builds digital products and systems that protect power grids around the world.

In addition, SEL has purchased a 28,000 sq. ft. building in Spokane Valley, Washington. SEL has leased space at the Spokane Industrial Park since opening its Spokane branch in 2012. In the past four years, the SEL Spokane team has grown from 6 to 60 employees. With an occupancy rate of 115, the new building will provide room for the company to continue to grow its presence in the greater Spokane region.

To learn more, visit

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bennett Lumber Products Recognized as Small Business of the Month for February

Bennett Lumber Products of Princeton, Idaho was named by U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, as the Small Business of the Month for February 2017. Bennett Lumber will be recognized in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate. 

As stated by Risch in the press release, “Bennett Lumber epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit of Idaho. It is not easy to grow and adapt in the ever-changing regulatory climate that impacts small business owners, especially those who deal with natural resources, but these challenges have not kept Bennett Lumber from thriving while at the same time making great efforts to manage land and forests sustainably. I am proud of the work that Bennett Lumber continues to do in Idaho and Washington, and am pleased to distinguish this company as the U.S. Senate Small Business of the Month.”

Led by a longtime lumberman, Mr. Frank Bennett, Bennett Lumber Products, Inc. is a family owned and operated company headquartered in Princeton, Idaho. The company has two highly efficient mills, one in Princeton, Idaho and the other in Clarkston, Washington. Bennett Lumber also owns and sustainably manages approximately 70,000 acres of forest lands throughout the Northwest.

To learn more, read the press release or visit

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Qualfon Growing in the Inland Northwest

Qualfon, a global provider of contact center, back-office, and business process outsourcing services, is growing in the Inland Northwest, according to an article in the Bonner County Daily Bee. Qualfon's Coeur d'Alene office is hiring 100 people. Between the three sites in the area, the company estimates it will add 300 people within the next few months.

Graham Johnson, Coeur d'Alene site director, said Qualfon is always hiring, but it will be doubling its hiring at the Coeur d'Alene, Hayden and Liberty Lake sites as its facilities allow.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Nightforce Optics Grows in North Idaho

Nightforce Optics, a manufacturer of high-quality riflescopes, added about 10 jobs, bringing its employment to more than 110. To learn more about Nightforce Optics, visit or see the Idaho Dept. of Labor blog.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Manufacturing Continues to Grow in Palouse

The manufacturing sector in Nez Perce (Idaho) and Asotin (Washington) Counties has continued to experience exceptional growth in the past few years. In 2016, Vista Outdoor, Howell Munitions and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories added more than 200 jobs. This allowed manufacturing employment to grow an estimated 6 percent, from 3,564 in 2015 to 3,769 in 2016. For more details, visit the Idaho Dept. of Labor website at

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

INP Spring Meeting - 2017 Regional Economic Forecast: A Snapshot of Things to Come?

Join business and community leaders from around the Inland Northwest to discuss the state of the region’s economy, including economic growth, labor trends and economic forecast. Speakers from Idaho Commerce and the Washington State Department of Commerce
will cover the State of the States. Regional case studies from Valley Vision, the City of Liberty Lake, the Coeur d’Alene EDC and Adam County EDC will highlight area successes. For more information, see the complete event agenda.

Inland Northwest Partners 2017 Spring Meeting 
March 29, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hayden Lake Country Club
2362 E. Bozanta Dr.
Hayden, ID 83835

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Coeur d'Alene EDC Secures INL Grant

Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation (formerly Jobs Plus), under the leadership of the organization’s president Gynii Gilliam, successfully secured a grant from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for Technology-based Economic Development. The INL grant will help the corporation identify and foster cybersecurity measures for all of the area’s industries that are becoming increasingly technology-driven, including health, agriculture, aerospace and informatics.

To learn more, contact Jobs Plus at (800) 621-5600 or visit