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Laser maker relocates from N.Y.

A laser-manufacturing company from upstate New York recently moved to Spokane Valley and has plans to hire up to 30 people within the next 18 months.

Paradigm Lasers Inc. President Tim Irwin said the company was drawn to this region for its quality of life and lower cost of doing business.

“We moved here because we needed to grow the business,” Irwin said.

Paradigm moved into 5,000 square feet in the Evergreen Business Park, on Evergreen Road just south of Interstate 90. The company will be hiring people with technical backgrounds in fields such as optics and electronics, as well as people with experience in sales and marketing, Irwin said.

“Hopefully, that’s just the start,” he said.

The lasers Paradigm designs and manufactures can be used in industrial applications, such as drilling and welding; medical applications, such as hair removal; and military applications, such as terrain mapping, Irwin said. The company has been working to develop its technology since 1992 and has been featured in electronics and high-tech publications.

The Spokane Area Economic Development Council played a critical role in Paradigm’s decision to move here, Irwin said. EDC officials introduced Irwin and his wife, who is the company’s vice president, to key business contacts and provided access to community resources, Irwin said.

“Paradigm has great potential to grow and generate long-term investment in our region and the manufacturing industry,” said EDC President Jon Eliassen.