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GSI overstated pay for jobs moving to Valley

Officials with Greater Spokane Incorporated provided inaccurate numbers on how much local workers would be paid when applying for a state grant to move jobs from Mexico to a Spokane Valley company’s new production site.

Based on Greater Spokane’s application, the state provided a total of $150,000 to Spokane Valley manufacturer Pyrotek Inc. The money will assist Pyrotek in adding 20 skilled jobs at a new site in Spokane Valley; half will go toward relocation costs and the other half toward training. Those workers will be making high-quality ceramic filters.

GSI submitted to the state estimates that the jobs paid $18 to $25 per hour. Those numbers, however, included the value of company benefits. The starting wage will be closer to $15 per hour, said Robin Toth, vice president of business development with GSI.

Even so, the net benefit to the state in new taxes and spending – in excess of $450,000 per year – is accurate, Toth said.

Pyrotek, which has operations in more than 30 countries, is moving the jobs to the U.S. from a production site in Apodaca, Mexico. It has not given a detailed reason for the move other than stating that the Spokane Valley site will provide more management and technical expertise.

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