Wednesday, October 26, 2016

EcoAnalysts and Ecological Specialists Merge

EcoAnalysts, Inc. of Moscow, Idaho and Ecological Specialists, Inc. (ESI) or O’Fallon, Missouri are merging. ESI focuses largely on freshwater mussel surveys and ecology, environmental impact assessment, endangered species consultation, fisheries surveys and training for clients. EcoAnalysts’ core services focus on aquatic biological communities, such as algae, plankton, macroinvertebrates and fish.

This merger will allow both firms to offer services on the coasts and in the Midwest and offer quality field, laboratory, agency coordination and data analysis services for freshwater mussels, fish and benthic invertebrates. Under the terms of the merger, EcoAnalysts will be acquiring the stock of ESI and ESI will continue to operate under its current name as a subsidiary of EcoAnalysts through the end of 2016. In 2017 we will combine all operations under EcoAnalysts, Inc.

To learn more, visit or read the press release.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Spokane International Airport to Make $9 Million in Improvements

Spokane International Airport has two projects totaling just over $9 million that are set to begin in early 2017, according to an article in the Journal of Business. The first project is a $5.2 million south pilot ramp rehabilitation project. The project is being funded by a Federal Aviation Administration grant and is designed to improve the apron concrete surface and aircraft maneuverability for tenants such as U.S. Customs.

 The $4 million second project involves upgrades to explosive detection systems and improvements to the airport’s checked baggage resolution areas. The checked baggage resolution area is where passengers can go for feedback on baggage delays and damaged bags, as well as lost or missing items that may have been left on the aircraft.

Read the Journal of Business article to learn more.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Alliance Data Continues to Expand in Coeur d'Alene

Alliance Data will create 364 permanent full-time positions at its Coeur d’Alene customer support facility and provide training using $87,310.60 from the Idaho Department of Labor’s Workforce Development Training Fund. The new workers will bring the total of employees at the Coeur d’Alene location to 810 by Feb. 28, 2018.

Alliance Data, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a leading provider of tailored marketing and loyalty solutions, delivered through branded credit programs. The Coeur d’Alene customer care center provides support for many of Alliance Data’s more than 145 credit programs representing many of the world’s most recognizable brands. For more information, read the Idaho Department of Labor’s press release.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Vista Outdoor to Expand in Lewiston, Idaho

Vista Outdoor Inc. announced plans to expand its ammunition manufacturing capacity in Lewiston, creating up to 137 new jobs and adding $99.3 million to the local and state economy. The company’s current Lewiston operations (CCI, Speer and Southport locations) occupy approximately 400 acres and 315,000 square feet, employing approximately 1,400 employees. Expansion plans include hiring engineers, program managers, technicians and manufacturing employees.

To learn more, read Vista Outdoor’s press release.