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  • The Dirt

    Associated Painters expands Associated Painters Inc. has completed construction of its second aircraft-painting hangar at Spokane International Airport.


  • Getting There: Airplane painting business takes flight

    Rod Friese grew up in South Dakota, where out of high school he took a job painting trucks. Within a few years, he got a better job painting airplanes for …


  • Jet painters’ hangar coming along

    Associated Painters, one of Spokane International Airport’s major new tenants, is about half done building its new aircraft painting hangar. The Everett-based firm is building the 41,000-square-foot airplane painting facility …


  • Work begins on hangar

    The groundbreaking Friday for an Associated Painters hangar fulfilled a vision President Rod Friese said he has nurtured since he and wife, Dawn, purchased the Everett company 15 years ago. …


  • Garco to build new painting hangar

    Garco Construction will begin work next month on a hangar at Spokane International Airport big enough to accommodate two 737 aircraft in need of a tune-up and paint job. The …


  • Airport board approves hangar deal

    The Spokane Airport Board Wednesday approved a consolidated maintenance and painting hangar where as many as 130 workers could be employed in two years. The 37,800-square-foot hangar will be leased …


  • Editorial: Community closer to gaining jobs at airport

    Every little $300,000 helps, so even though the latest chunk of public investment falls short of what economic development specialists once hoped for, it is a welcome installment on a …


  • Airport gets state grant

    OLYMPIA – Giving a boost to a project that could create 270 new local jobs, state officials Tuesday approved a $300,000 grant to help build a new aircraft maintenance facility …


  • Spokane airport revenues trail budget

    Spokane International Airport revenues are running more than $2 million below budget, a shortfall airlines serving Spokane will have to cover if passenger boardings do not rebound by the end …


  • Industries keep eye on the future

    Go West, young person. It worked for those who heeded the advice of 19th-century newspaperman Horace Greeley, and it just might work for today’s job seekers, who on the West …


  • Our View: Denial of airport loan strange in light of state goals

    Mention the aerospace industry in Washington state, and the company that comes to mind is Boeing. But as Gov. Chris Gregoire and a host of economic development specialists around the …


  • Hangar project will go forward

    A proposed hangar and the 266 jobs that would go with it remains a priority for Spokane International Airport, Director Neal Sealock said Friday, a day after state officials balked …


  • State officials reject airport’s bid for expansion loan

    SEATAC, Wash. – In a decision that could jeopardize more than 200 planned jobs, state officials on Thursday rejected the Spokane airport’s request for a $6.8 million loan. It’s too …


  • Maintenance facility provides a lift

    There were supposed to be two planes in the Cascade Aerospace USA Inc. hangar at Spokane International Airport for a Thursday afternoon dedication ceremony. But workers finished the maintenance checks …


  • Our View: Aerospace jobs will land amid friendly conditions

    An updated analysis on the state of Washington’s aerospace industry has landed. Conclusion: still too much baggage. The Snohomish County Economic Development Council commissioned the study by Deloitte Consulting, which …


  • Our View: Aerospace, painting firms would be boon to region

    A year ago, before anyone foresaw the depth of the coming economic plunge, a Canadian aircraft maintenance company’s planned entry into Spokane raised expectations of still more good news ahead. …


  • Loan could land airport business

    Spokane airport officials are seeking a state loan of almost $4 million to help a Western Washington airplane painting company set up shop here. Everett-based Associated Painters Inc. would lease …

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