HollisterStier plans expansion

HollisterStier Laboratories LLC has bought seven acres of undeveloped land directly west of its north Spokane facility.

The company, which produces allergenic treatments and provides services to pharmaceutical firms, will use the land for expansion and future growth, company spokeswoman Janelle Jovick said.

The company paid $662,000 for the land, previously owned by the Wall Trust. The seven acres are due west of the company’s manufacturing and filling site at 3525 N. Regal.

The company’s fast-growing list of customers requires a $30 million expansion that will include a second pharmaceutical filling line and a new clean-room complex. The high-speed filling line will take up a portion of the new lot, Jovick said. With maximum capacity at 400 vials per minute, that second line should double total filling capacity for the company, a company press release said.

Museum will host economic forum

A statewide gathering of economists will meet and discuss business conditions Friday morning at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First in Spokane.

The economic symposium is hosted by the Washington Employment Security Department. It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Evelina Tainer, the new Washington Employment Security chief labor economist, will discuss the state of the national economy. Two Spokane economists, Steve Scranton with Washington Mutual Bank and Jeff Zahir with the state Employment Security Department, will describe regional business conditions.

Those interested in attending can register at


MSN online video gets ‘Arrested’

Microsoft Corp. will run free episodes of the quirky TV comedy “Arrested Development” through its MSN Video service later this year, making the show available online for the first time.

MSN, the software maker’s Internet unit, said Wednesday it will run display and video ads instead of charging viewers to watch the critically lauded show that was a hit with a small but fiercely loyal audience.

MSN will have exclusive portal rights to syndicate the show for three years.

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