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New and improved: the Steve McGrew impassioned Spokane blacksmith video

Two Sundays ago the SR ran a business story on local business owner Steve McGrew, along with a 2:45 second video showing him at work in his West Plains blacksmith shop.

We've recoded the video into a smaller file size and in a smoother format. If you haven't seen it yet (or wondered why it didn't run as clean as it should have) here's the link to see it the right way. Or click on the play arrow above.

Thanks to SR photographers Dan Pelle and Jesse Tinsley for helping on this video.

McGrew hopes to inspire other metal artists to band together

People familiar with Spokane's Steve McGrew know a few things about him. He's an inventor, a tech company owner and board member (serving as co-founder of biotech firm GenPrime). 

He's also a diehard blacksmith, using his shop for classes and to make commercial metalwork for people wanting tools, utensils, outdoor decorations or functional pieces.

Sunday's Spokesman Review business section will have a story on McGrew and his hopes to help create an area blacksmithing collective. He'd like to find a shop somewhere that lets students and teachers work together.

The story includes a video of McGrew working in his smithy.

New Light Industries wins lab access

New Light Industries Ltd. will use access to a $2.5 million Washington Technology Center microfabrication laboratory to improve its new liquid-crystal technology, President Steve McGrew said.

The center said it awarded Spokane-based New Light three months of free access to help move the company’s patent-pending technology to market faster.

The lab’s centerpiece is a electron beam lithography tool able to etch features as small as 10 nanometers, or less than one-two thousanth of a human hair.

McGrew said New Light wants to explore new aspects of its technology, which has potential uses in cell phones, digital cameras, eyeglasses and other devices.

Using the center’s lab will save New Light money during a development process McGrew said he expects will take another two years.