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’Big boxes’ are hard sell during economic slump – Some large vacant buildings are considered eyesores

How can a site that was once so attractive to business to be worth big-dollar investment end up sitting empty, sometimes for years?

Simplot plant in Heyburn, ID will close 5 months early idling all 263 employees.

Deteriorating market conditions have prompted the J.R. Simplot Co. to move up the shutdown of its local processing plant by five months. The company announced this week that instead of operating until April, the Heyburn…

Idaho high-tech ready for rebound

Idaho´s beleaguered high-tech industry is ready for a comeback while the state´s booming construction industry is forecast to take a break, a report from the state´s top economist indicates. The Idaho Statesman The report´s forecast…

Firm closes Idaho call centers

“It´s a tough industry right now,” Neiswanger said. “There´s 10 million square feet of call center space available in the U.S. at the moment.”

N. Dakota cooperative closes pasta plant, idles 50 workers

CROSBY, N.D. (AP) — Officials here are trying to find a way to save the Bushel 42 Pasta Co. plant, which brought hope for jobs in the corner of northwestern North Dakota. Les Knudson, chairman…

TSI to shut down Silver Valley, ID call center – `Do not call’ program blamed for center’s closure

Tele-Servicing Innovations will close its two remaining Idaho call centers this week, a move that will affect about 80 workers in the Silver Valley. Becky Kramer Staff writer Spokesman Review "We’ve been struggling the last…

Extended Systems (Boise) is smiling

“It signals that the technology sectors are probably improving, which is going to benefit not only Boise but the entire region,” said Jeff Jones, economic development manager for the city of Boise. “It creates an environment of continued investment.”

Alliance with EDS to help Boise company, Extended Systems

“By ourselves, we could never sell to those customers because they would just refer us back to EDS,” said Jepson. “This opens up a huge market with the market leader, and gives them a whole new set of offerings to sell to their customer base.”

Expert predicts long ban on Canadian cattle exports

Borders won’t reopen to live cattle from Canada for years, says a top official with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, a ban that could erase a $1.8-billion industry.

Spokane Biotech firm outfits Ireland’s military- GenPrime produces kits that identify dangerous microbes

Spokane-based GenPrime http://www.genprime.com/ has sold 14 bioterrorism detection kits to the government of Ireland. The Prime Alert kits will be the first of a larger order for the Irish Defense Forces, said a company spokesman….