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Kid-proof electric sockets is goal of Wyoming company

CODY, Wyo. – Joe Baldwin’s 1-year-old son, Jacob, was fascinated with electrical sockets. Despite Baldwin’s efforts to keep Jacob away from them, the boy always returned to pull on the plugs or shove something into…

Spokane firm, AIM Communications, develops Web-based software

Add Spokane’s AIM Communications http://www.aimcomm.com/ to the growing list of firms that develop Web-based software tools for other companies. Since 1996 AIM Communications has developed a steady business as an Internet service provider and Web…

Rules to allow INEEL layoffs in Idaho -Feds introduce policy to allow Bechtel to cut jobs

IDAHO FALLS — In a major policy change, the U.S. Energy Department has given the contractor operating the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory authority to cut jobs without prior approval. Giving Bechtel BWXT Idaho…

Region’s bioscience companies are in the mix

Exports define how most bioscience companies in the Inland Northwest succeed. Our firms may not ship overseas, although some do. But they certainly ship outside the region. By selling outside the region, or exporting, bioscience…

MatriCal (drug-discovery tools) not settling in Spokane yet citing lack of Venture Capital Availability

MatriCal’s two owners, Kevin Oldenburg and Dan Roark, say they like living in Spokane and are satisfied with the company’s temporary facilities, inside the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, but are realistic about Spokane’s shortage of venture capital. They say that they’re nearing the time when they’ll have to find larger manufacturing quarters to meet growing demand for MatriCal’s products, and already are being wooed by communities elsewhere in the country—and by venture capitalists that would demand they move.

Spokane tech firms team up-Itron, Itronix join forces in computer deal

Two Spokane technology companies often confused with one another are back together again in a business partnership. Itron Inc. recently signed an agreement to become the exclusive distributor for wireless handheld computers made by Itronix…

Farmers reaping more in town

Farmers say that whether they are working off-farm out of necessity or by choice, they put in the long hours because they aren’t ready to give up the farming lifestyle – and they don’t want to see it lost to their children.

Utah Wants More Cash From Out-of-State Tourists

The importance of out-of-state visitors to Utah’s economy is without dispute: nonresidents spend an average of $101 daily, residents just $65. Out-of-staters also stay longer, typically spending 3.2 nights in a lodging establishment compared with…

Argonne announces staff reduction

Company offers voluntary separation packages to 40 workers in Idaho, Illinois ARCO — Argonne National Laboratory announced Monday they will offer a voluntary separation package to reduce their staff by 40 in Idaho and Illinois….

Hollister-Stier of Spokane eyes expansion

Second production line being studied at a cost of $15 million to $20 million By Addy Hatch Spokane Journal of Business Hollister-Stier Laboratories LLC, of Spokane, is seeing so much demand for its services that…