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Laramie firm lands $2.5 million defense contract

A Laramie company will get $2.5 million to provide about 500 of the firm’s chemical information devices for the National Guard under the U.S. Department of Defense 2004 appropriations bill Congress passed last week. By…

The sky’s the limit for Boisean’s new mini chopper technology

When a sniper was terrorizing Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., last October, shooting down victims in parking lots and gas stations, Boisean Leo Geis was put on a shortlist of people who might be able…

SmartPlugs sets sights on corporate America – Sandpoint firm finds spark

SmartPlugs Inc. http://www.smartplugs.com/ delivered five 500-watt generators to the U.S. Army Wednesday. That tiny delivery could ignite the Sandpoint company’s future. Bert Caldwell The Spokesman-Review Mark Cherry says he is confident the generators can do…

Silver Needle discovers gold

Larry and Brenda Stinson say they could have Silver Needle’s protective clothing made more cheeply overseas, but want to keep jobs at home.

Idaho-based AMIS has initial stock sale

The Northwest gained its first new public company in 17 months yesterday, when Pocatello, Idaho-based AMIS Holdings raised nearly $503 million in an initial public stock offering. By Drew DeSilver Seattle Times business reporter The…

Rising plywood prices fuel tribe’s good fortune- Colvilles turn defunct mill into job generator with big payroll

"The market right now is going great, and I don’t see a downturn anytime soon. We have production sold through November."

Four Tires, Free Beef – Les Schwab Tires has built a reputation on stellar customer service — and free steaks.

Employees understand the link between keeping customers happy and prospering themselves. So even workers at Cook’s level see that while the woman on the side of the road is likely somebody’s mother — she’s also a potential customer.

Lockheed may bid for INEEL contract

ARCO – The Lockheed Martin Corporation has filed paperwork with the Department of Energy declaring an interest in bidding for a new contract at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, a contract it once…

It’s money, milk and manure

Dairies have become the backbone of Idaho’s agriculture industry.

Avista Labs adds venture capital – San Diego-based firm, Enterprise Partners invests $5 million in company

"There’s quite a bit that’s under the hood in the development lab we’re excited about," Eibl said. "Fundamentally you invest in people. It’s the people there that developed these products and have focused the product on real markets that exist today."