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INW Aerospace Industry Takes Flight

From Unitech Composites and Structures in Hayden, Idaho, to Triumph Composite Systems in Airway Heights, to Aerocet Inc., in Priest River, to Parker Aerospace in Liberty Lake, the Inland Northwest has rapidly evolved into an important hub in the aerospace industry. “Aerospace is a foundational industry in the Spokane Coeur d’Alene region, as well as, the entire Pacific Northwest,” says Todd Woodard, director of marketing and public relations for Spokane International Airport. “It is a tremendous economic opportunity that fits our labor pool of skilled workers, existing aerospace industrial complex, transportation capability and network – air, rail, and surface, and close proximity to Boeing’s significant Puget Sound aerospace cluster, albeit at significantly lower business costs.” At the center of the hub– the greater Spokane area. Just a few years ago, the region had 80 aerospace-related businesses. Now it boasts more than 100/Cindy Hval, Spokane/Cda Living Magazine. More here.

Question: Are you -- or someone close to you -- involved in the region's growing aerospace industry?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.