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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….

Only 1 firm, Fast Enterprises of Boise, vying for a contract to replace Montana’s flawed tax and accounting computer system

A Boise, Idaho, software firm called Fast Enterprises is the only company in the running for a contract to replace Montana’s flawed tax and accounting computer system, and the state revenue director is impressed. The…

Avista Labs (Spokane) gets $7.5 million boost- Investors in Avista Corp. subsidiary to take majority control of fuel cell company

"The good news is we continue to be able to build this company right here in Spokane," Davis said. "That’s good for the region, good for the economy and good for the high-tech space.

Boise firm, Highway 12 Ventures invests in medical software – Ventures firm assisting Carefx technology

Boise venture capital firm Highway 12 Ventures http://www.highway12ventures.com/ has joined a group of investors to provide $7.2 million in funding for an Arizona technology firm. Julie Howard The Idaho Statesman Highway 12 invested about $1…