Thursday, February 22, 2018

Clearwater Paper Completes Installation of Pulp Digester

Source: Idaho Business Review
Clearwater Paper completed installation of its $160 million state-of-the-art continuous pulp digester. The equipment will reduce emissions, decrease energy costs and increase efficiency in converting wood chips to pulp for use in Clearwater’s private label tissue and paperboard production. For more information, go to www.clearwaterpaper.com.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Construction Underway on Spokane Market Hall Eatery

Construction is underway on the Market Hall Eatery in Spokane’s downtown. The modern food hall is modeled after a similar development in Portland, Oregon. Plans show a shared, open hall with up to 14 spaces for tenants. Unlike food courts, which generally feature fast-food chains, food halls house local boutique, artisan sellers. Learn more at www.spokesman.com/tags/food-hall.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Rathdrum Plans Urban Renewal District

Rathdrum’s new urban renewal agency will soon start developing a plan for the city’s first urban renewal district on 233 acres in the heart of town. The agency will spend six months to a year developing an urban renewal plan for the City Council to consider. For more information, read the Coeur d’Alene Press article.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Inland Northwest Technology Park Planned in Post Falls

The Inland Northwest Technology Park, a 233-acre technology park, is being planned on the west side of Highway 41 and the same developers are marketing a 50-acre retail center on the east side. Prairie Crossing developers Philip Wirth and Rick Robinson are planning the technology park with the intent of attracting technology and aerospace manufacturers to the site between Prairie and Hayden avenues. Learn more in the Coeur d’Alene Press article.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Spokane Tribe Casino Opens Doors

The Spokane Tribe Casino is officially open. The casino offers gaming and entertainment, including 450 slot machines, 12 table games, a full-service restaurant, an express deli and a gaming floor bar. The Spokane Tribe’s mixed-use development project will be built in phases. The project will create jobs with more than $400 million invested into the local economy. At full build-out, the project will include: casino, entertainment facility, hotel, cultural center, police and fire station. Go to https://spokanetribecasino.com to learn more.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

SmaK Products Grows Workforce in North Idaho

SmaK Products Inc., subsidiary of SmaK plastics, the maker of rotationally molded plastic solutions, is growing its North Idaho workforce. Currently, 18 full-time staffers work for SmaK Products. The company expects that number to swell to the high 30s or low 40s by the second quarter of 2018. In early 2018, SmaK Products plans to roll out its line of commercial-grade cleaning items, such as cleaning equipment for carpets, upholstery, automotive detailing and different styles of cleaning wands. Read the Spokane Journal of Business article or visit http://smakplastics.com to learn more.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

NIC Global Manufacturing Solutions Opens Warehouse in Pullman

NIC Global Manufacturing Solutions, the Woodinville, Wash.-based sheet metal manufacturer, has opened a new warehouse facility in Pullman, which will enable it to better supply long-time client Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. The Pullman facility is a 6,000-square-foot leased space within an existing building. Over the next few years, the sheet metal manufacturer expects to add fabrication capabilities in Pullman. To learn more, read the Spokane Journal of Business article.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Orgill to Expand Workforce in Post Falls

Orgill, provider of wholesale distribution and retail services for the home improvement industry, will use a $151,032 Workforce Development Training Fund grant to hire and train 167 new workers for permanent, full-time positions at its Post Falls distribution center. Training will vary depending on the position, but will include inventory control training, logistic training and hazcom training certification. Learn more in the Coeur d’Alene Press article or at labor.idaho.gov/WDTF.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

27 Megawatt Solar Farm Planned for Adams County

Development of a large-scale solar farm is underway in Adams County. Called the Adams-Nielson Solar Project, it will generate up to 27 megawatts of energy. Strata Solar, a family-owned solar energy company based out of North Carolina, is overseeing development of the $30 million project. The design phase will last until April and construction
is scheduled to take place from April
to September. It will take about 50-75 employees to install the solar panels. For more information, contact the Adams County Development Council.