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Win some, lose some: Post Falls will see Kimball shut down its furniture factory

Ouch. A few days after the SR reported on Spokane Valley manufacturing firm ATC moving to Post Falls, we see a wire story announcing that furniture maker Kimball will close its Post Falls operation.

The AP story:

JASPER, Ind. — Office furniture maker Kimball International says it plans to sell a metal-fabrication facility in Post Falls and move that work to existing company factories in southern Indiana.

The Jasper-based company says it will spend about $9.5 million to transfer the production to three Indiana factories over the next two years. Kimball officials say they are actively trying to sell the Post Falls facility.

The company says it expects to add up to 160 jobs at the southern Indiana factories with the increased production. Kimball now has about 2,000 full-time employees at 17 locations in Indiana. Kimball says it expects to save money after the consolidation by having production facilities closer together.

You win some, you lose some.  Incidentally, the reason ATC is moving is the strong lure of the Idaho Dept. of Commerce tax reimbursement incentive. It applies when a company agrees to create more than 50 jobs in an urban area, and pay more than the average county wage.

In the case of Kootenai County, the average is $33,730, according to Idaho labor analyst Alivia Metts. Spokane County's  is $41,727.

Fatbeam signs a deal to upgrade Yakima School District broadband network

Fatbeam, a Post Falls-based telecom provider, has signed a deal to provide the Yakima School District a high-capacity fiber-optic network, along with lit fiber services.

The eight-year contract comes to over $2 million, a Fatbeam release noted.

Like other districts, the Yakima district is using the federal E-Rate Program, which allows for schools to upgrade bandwidth and networks with money set aside through the Federal Communications Commission.

Fatbeam's pipe will give the district buildings 20-gigabit connections. That's about 20 times the previous bandwidth capacity.

IKEA moving into North Idaho? Not according to the firm’s spokesman

Yes, we finally got that Trader Joe's store, after years of hearing rumors the food chain was eyeing this region.

Similar rumors pop up about other retailers, such as Whole Foods or IKEA.

We heard a rumor about IKEA, the Scandinavian furniture firm, looking at setting up shop in North Idaho. We went calling and tracked down the firm's North American spokesman, Joseph Roth.

His answer: No. No such plans.

An email from Roth said: “There are no plans for an IKEA store in the Spokane, WA or Post Falls, ID area.

“With only 37 (going on 38) stores in the U.S., we typically require a population of approximately 2 million people within a certain trade area.”

Got any other rumors? Got any other ideas about Whole Foods moving to Spokane?

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