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A crush on wine: Steel tank manufacturer thriving

It’s a banner year for winemakers and wine drinkers: The Washington State Wine Commission says 2012 will be the largest grape crush ever, with 190,000 tons of grapes harvested. A big beneficiary of that boom is Spokane Valley manufacturer Spokane Industries.

Kalama wine bottle factory to reopen

KALAMA, Wash. – Bennu Glass has secured the financing and permits needed to reopen the shuttered Kalama wine bottle factory and will start hiring employees in January, company officials said Wednesday. “We’ve got people to hire, people to train and equipment to turn on,” said Jerry Lemieux, CEO of Bennu Glass.

A taste of success

Judging from steady sales increases over the past five years, wine and its cultural trappings are sinking deep roots around the Inland Northwest. For proof, look at Vino, a small downtown Spokane wine shop. Opened in 1995, the company just closed registration in its wine-of-the-month club. Membership has mushroomed from 148 to 1,005 members, most of them local. And there's a waiting list of wine lovers eager to get in. Club sales are among one of the big reasons the shop is on track this year to overtake its own $1 million annual sales record set last fiscal year, said Nancy Sazama, a store owner.