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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Around the Corner

Golden Rule adds service bays at Francis location

Golden Rule Brake has completed construction on new service bays at its location at 815 E. Francis Ave. Lexington Commercial built the 1,474-square-feet addition that includes two new service bays to complement the location’s existing three bays.

Golden Rule Brake, a third-generation, family-owned business founded in 1954, has three locationsin the Spokane area.

Local printer garners nine awards for work

Lawton Printing Services has won nine awards in the 10th annual PrintROCKS! Awards, presented by Pacific Printing Industries Association. Lawton’s two first-place awards were in the Folders, Portfolios and Binders category for Food Services of America’s “Northwest Sourced” folder, and Moscow Food Co-op’s Rooted Magazine in the Magazine and Insert category. Lawton also received three second-place awards, three third-place awards and an honorable mention.

PrintROCKS! is a regional print and graphic communications competition and submissions were entered into one of 27 categories. The PrintROCKS! Awards recognize those responsible for the creation and production of print communications in the region.

“We are proud of our work and it’s exciting to be recognized, but more importantly, we’re excited to recognize our clients for their amazing design.” Laura Lawton, Lawton Printing president, said in a news release.

Usk paper producer earns industry environmental recognition

Ponderay Newsprint Co. has been awarded the Northwest Pulp and Paper Association’s Environmental Excellence Award. The Usk company has reduced its mill’s greenhouse gas emissions by 82 percent since 2000, reduced water consumption by more than 25 percent since 2010, and receives 97 percent of its electricity from hydroelectric operations, according to a news release.

SBA branch office accepting Small Business Week nominees

Spokane’s branch office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting nominations for the 2018 National Small Business Week Awards. Spokane is part of the SBA Seattle District, which serves Washington state and northern Idaho.

Preliminary nominations are due by 3 p.m. Dec. 18, and final nominations are due by midnight Jan. 9. Awards will be given in celebration of National Small Business Week, April 29-May 5.

For a full list of awards, nomination criteria and guidelines and more information, please visit

Around the Corner is a periodic roundup of business-related happenings in the Inland Northwest. To submit items for consideration, email Business Editor Paul W. Smith at