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UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 7:07 p.m.

CEOs: Training, culture draws employees to companies

Investments in education for skilled trades and promoting company culture are key in attracting employees, area business leaders said at a CEO panel Wednesday.

U.S. durable goods orders fall 1.6% in February

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell 1.6% in February, the biggest drop in four months, reflecting a plunge in the volatile commercial aircraft category. Demand in a …

UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 2:50 p.m.

Survey: U.S. manufacturing activity increased in March

WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturers grew at a faster pace in March, as the pace of employment jumped and new orders and production improved.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 5:52 p.m.

U.S. factory gauge tumbles by most since 2008 as orders cool

The Institute for Supply Management index dropped to a two-year low of 54.1, missing all estimates in Bloomberg’s survey, data showed Thursday. All

Key Tronic will open Vietnam factory as hedge in U.S.-Chinese trade war

Spokane Valley electronics manufacturer company Key Tronic will open a factory in Vietnam this year as a hedge against the potential for a protracted U.S. trade dispute with China.

Wagstaff Inc. recognized as Employer of the Year for creative recruitment and retention programs

Wagstaff Inc. was named the 2018 Employer of the Year by the Association of Washington Business. The statewide award recognized the company’s efforts to recruit and retain employees through competitive …

Seaview Global, maker of mounts for marine electronics, opens Liberty Lake office

Seaview Global has opened an office and warehouse in Liberty Lake, employing five people. The company designs and makes mounts for marine electronics on vessels.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 10:23 a.m.

Advancing composites: CdA company’s breakthrough technology attracting interest from big players

The owners of Continuous Composites say the company’s technology could revolutionize manufacturing, dramatically lowering the costs for fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon fiber composites. The Coeur d’Alene company’s patented technology is …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Made in Spokane: Tour highlights local manufacturing companies

The Association of Washington Business’ Manufacturing Week bus tour came to the Spokane area Wednesday, highlighting the role of manufacturing in the local economy. Spokane County has 534 manufacturing companies, …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 30, 2018, 8:54 p.m.

China’s manufacturing weakens amid U.S. tariff battle

China’s export orders shrank in September as a tariff battle with Washington over technology escalated, adding to downward pressure on the world’s No. 2 economy, two surveys showed Sunday.

Crocs to outsource manufacturing of clogs, other footwear

Colorado-based footwear company Crocs Inc. is closing company-owned manufacturing plants in Italy and Mexico by year’s end and replacing its chief financial officer.

UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

Trade war hangs over U.S. job market set for more gains in June

President Donald Trump’s global trade war is posing a growing risk to the kind of robust job gains that the U.S. probably enjoyed again in June.

U.S. manufacturing picks up pace in May

U.S. manufacturers expanded at a faster pace last month, another sign of strength for American industry.

100 years ago in Spokane: Ohio Match Co. to join Diamond as major match manufacturer with Spokane factory

The Inland Northwest was becoming an important hub for a critical industry, the match industry.

Pace of U.S. factory growth slipped in March

U.S. manufacturers say they expanded at a slower pace in March, with many factories saying they’re having a tough time getting supplies in order to meet demand from customers.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 6:02 p.m.

U.S. factories closed out 2017 with a boom

U.S. manufacturers expanded at a faster pace in December, boosted by a sharp increase in new orders.

New magazine gives loft to region’s aerospace manufacturers

The Northwest is home to more than 2,000 such manufacturers, which make up a critical but behind-the-scenes part of the region’s economy. A new trade magazine, launched from Spokane Valley, …

U.S. factory growth slowed in November but still looks strong

American factories grew more slowly in November but still appear healthy.

Boeing holding Washington state job fairs to recruit manufacturing workers

Boeing has set up five job fairs in the region in a new push to hire manufacturing workers, with a particular need for assemblers, electricians and aviation-maintenance technicians.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

Key Tronic reports lower quarterly income

Key Tronic Corp. reported lower quarterly income, saying revenue was down as a result of hurricane-related shipment delays.

U.S. factories grew more slowly last month, but remain strong

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its manufacturing index dipped to 58.7 in October from a 13-year high 60.8 in September. Anything …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

U.S. factory activity surges in September to highest level since 2004

U.S. manufacturing activity shrugged off a series of hurricanes and rose to the highest level in 13 years last month.

Pence to speak at manufacturer that sent jobs to Mexico in 2009

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to appear later this week at a company that drew condemnation for negotiating concessions from a union and then shifting production to Mexico anyway …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 12:37 p.m.

Wood products to bring 150 jobs to Spokane Valley

A new factory planned for Spokane Valley is part of a California company’s efforts to streamline the U.S. building industry, making construction faster and cheaper.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 8:24 p.m.

Forget China: Here’s why the next manufacturing boom could come from space

A Mountain View-based startup earlier this month revealed new breakthroughs in its quest to build in-space factories that will orbit the Earth and pump out products that are too difficult …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 11:29 a.m.

U.S. factory activity grew more slowly in July

U.S. factories expanded again last month – a good sign for the economy. But pace of growth was down from June.

Procter & Gamble faces board seat fight from Trian Fund Management

Nelson Peltz’s Trian Fund Management began a proxy fight to win a board seat at Procter & Gamble, characterizing the maker of detergents and diapers as a lumbering giant whose …

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: The Boeing tax cut may not be the economic-development model we’re looking for

Here’s a thought experiment: Instead of trying to give everyone the same tax deal as Boeing, why not give Boeing the same deal as everyone else?

US services firms expand at faster pace in June

U.S. service companies expanded at a faster pace last month, pushed up by slightly better sales and a pickup in new orders.

Survey: U.S. factory activity rises to near a 3-year high

U.S. factories expanded at a robust pace in June, a likely sign of strength for the U.S. economy as new orders, production and employment each improved.