Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Schweitzer Engineering Continues to Expand Operations in the Inland Northwest

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), the makers of protection, monitoring and automation devices for electric power systems are finishing up details on two major projects. The company recently opened a new $10 million facility in the Lewiston Business & Technology Park in Lewiston, Idaho. The facility spans across 25 acres in its 105,800-square-foot office and manufacturing building, and is expected to employ 250 people within three years. The company also recently opened a new $7 million office building called the Solution Delivery Center, near its headquarters in Pullman. The center will enable customers to operate, test and configure certain equipment prior to delivery. The company recently ranked 50th on The Top List of Job-Creating Companies on the Inc. 500/5000 magazine annual rankings. The firm has 183 job openings posted currently, including engineers and manufacturing technicians. More information is available at

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Idaho companies combine efforts for better results

A leading Moscow bio-tech startup company has proven once again that “two is better than one.”
BioTracking LLC, a leader in the livestock pregnancy-testing realm, has recently joined forces with GoNano Technologies, also of Moscow, Idaho, to create more sensitive pregnancy tests for livestock.

“The more we know and the quicker we know it, the better we can manage,” said Idaho Cattle Association President Wyatt Prescott in the Idaho Business Review.

According to the Review, The Nanospring material that BioTracking is working with was invented at The University of Idaho and is being developed by spin-off company GoNano Technologies. The company received money from product-development giant 3M earlier this year to further develop the product.

Essentially, this innovative technology could lead to pregnancy detection up to eight days sooner – as well as indicate monumental economic steps for surrounding business, UI and the community.

“Helping the community to grow economically is important to the university. One of the missions of a land grant university is to help the public,” Dr. Jack McIver, UI vice president of research said in the Idaho Business Review. “We are working this area very hard.”

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

North Idaho recruit Titan Spring featured on Invest Northwest

Titan Spring, a manufacturer primarily supplying the aerospace industry, relocated to Hayden, Idaho from Southern California. The company sought improvements to the bottom line and quality of life for its employers and found both when it made the move four years ago, Jim Glenn, the company’s president said on KHQ-TV’s “Invest Northwest” program.

Technology allowed Titan Spring to move even though much of its customer base remains in Southern California. Glenn said the company traded traffic congestion, a high cost of living and troubling business climate for a great quality of life, reduced operational costs and welcoming business environment.

“Up here they love you,” Glenn said of the community. “In California they hate you. You’re a business, you’re all things evil associated with a business person. We’re welcomed with open arms here, and people can’t do enough for you.”

View the rest of Glenn’s comments here and watch Paul Kimmell of the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance discuss the region’s economic prospects on “Invest Northwest.”

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Finding Recession-Proof Ground

According to a recent article in Forbes headlined, "Recession-Resistant Cities For Real Estate," 25 U.S. locations provide solid ground to those battling shaky economic times. Spokane, Wash., at No. 5, is one that made the cut.

"These are the 25 metro areas ushering in a steady rise in home prices since the beginning of 2011, according to," Forbes wrote.

List-qualifiers were chosen based on home values both on and off the market; this includes logistics such as home sale prices, property histories and tax records.

Forbes ranked Spokane, with a median home price of $148,800 ahead of such cities as Pittsburgh, Destin, Fla., and Boulder, Colo.

Spokane, located in the heart of the Inland Northwest, is home to more than 200,000 people ( Whether it's city life, a vivid outdoor experience, reputable school systems, or an easy-access airport as a launch pad for travel-enthusiasts, Spokane offers a variety of aspects that keep its real estate market steady and its residents coming back for more.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sandpoint, Idaho determined a national hot spot

In a country that includes varying landscape, numerous historical monuments, and picturesque scenery, it's tough to pinpoint the best places in America to spend your time.

Yet, teams participating in a "Best of the Road" contest may have found them. The contest, sponsored by Rand McNally and USA Today, evoked surprising findings recently chronicled in a USA Today article headlined, "The five best small towns in America." The task required each team to "start in New York City and wind up in Los Angeles, exploring the best of small-town America along the way," USA Today wrote.

And amongst the winners, dubbed the "Most Beautiful" by its surveyors, is Sandpoint, Idaho. Located northeast of Spokane, Wash. in the Idaho Panhandle, Sandpoint provides the scenery of Lake Pend Oreille, vast mountain expanse and outdoor activities galore.

"Sandpoint isn't just a 'drive through and let's stop here' place," the team that visited told the USA Today. "Its quaint downtown shops and restaurants welcomed us in, and its landscape kept us in awe."

Also included on the list were Walla Walla, Wash., Lafayette, La., Rapid City, S.D., and Glenwood Springs, Colo. The five winning towns "were chosen based on friendly people, great scenery, terrific food, patriotic fervor and just plain fun," USA Today wrote.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spokane, Wash. lands on 'Top 100 Places to Live' list

Spokane, Wash. has landed a spot on "Relocate America's 2011 Top 100 Overall Places to Live," continuing its legacy of notably high quality of life.

Known for its continual economic expansion, family-oriented community, and progressive ideas, the area provides its residents with nearly every aspect a comfortable life can offer - and offers breathtaking scenery to enhance the experience.

"Spokane is the perfect base for all sorts of activities with an amazing number of outdoor recreational opportunities just a short drive away," Relocate America wrote. "You'll find mountains for skiing, hiking and biking, lakes and rivers for swimming, boating and fishing, and golf courses with challenging holes and unmatched scenery."

This year, Relocate America chose each candidate based on a few high-priority factors: "communities positioned for economic recovery, already experiencing economic recovery or have proven overall economic stability," according to Relocate America.

Spokane provides beautiful scenery and approximately 260 days of sunshine to utilize it and an optimistic economic outlook. Relocate America notes the strong health care, higher education, and research community that stabilizes and promotes the community's business opportunities.

Holding its own on a list with Austin, Texas, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and Denver, Spokane seems to offer its every-growing population of residenta more than enough momentum and possibilities to keep them satisfied. Claiming the phrase, "Near Nature-Near Perfect," the community continues to remain a sought-after destination point for individuals looking for a comfortable, affordable and convenient lifestyle.