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UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Can your Washington business provide supplies needed to fight COVID-19? If yes, do this

Officials are accepting offers of donations and sales, as well as working with factories hoping to shift their operations to produce needed medical supplies, Washington Commerce Director Lisa Brown said …


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

‘We just want to help’: Spokane Valley-based manufacturer offers to make much-needed ventilators

Craig Gates, the company’s chief executive, took to Twitter this week to tell elected officials his company of 5,000 employees could start construction on ventilator equipment amid the coronavirus outbreak. …


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

Spokane manufacturing struggling to adjust to changing conditions

With conditions changing sometimes by the minute, some area manufacturers are struggling to make sure employees remain safe while they try to keep their businesses viable.


UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

Factories expand despite virus, though deliveries slow

American factories expanded in February for the second straight month, despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The winning streak, however, may prove short-lived.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

US manufacturing output hit by Boeing troubles, slips 0.1%

U.S. manufacturing output fell slightly in January, driven lower by Boeing’s decision to halt production of its troubled 737 Max aircraft.


Survey: U.S. factories expand for first time since July

WASHINGTON – U.S. factories expanded unexpectedly last month, snapping a five-month losing streak. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index rose …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

US manufacturing activity falls to lowest level in decade

WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturing activity fell to the lowest level in more than a decade, as the sector was hurt by weakening demand and last year’s global economic slowdown. The …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Spokane-area aerospace manufacturers in holding pattern after Boeing announces temporary halt to 737 Max production

Those companies producing parts for the grounded jet may have to wait weeks to see what, if any, changes Boeing makes to its supply orders after announcing a halt on …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

U.S. manufacturing contracts for fourth straight month

U.S. manufacturing output deteriorated for the fourth consecutive month, damaged by trade conflicts and a weakening global economy.


U.S. productivity falls for first time in nearly 4 years

American workers were less efficient in the July-September quarter, pushing down productivity for the first time since late 2015.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019

U.S. manufacturing sinks to decade-low, stoking economic concerns

U.S. factory activity hit a decade low last month in the face of President Donald Trump’s trade conflicts, adding to a weakening picture of the global economy.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Survey: U.S. manufacturing activity contracted in August

U.S. factory activity shrank in August for the first time since August 2016, a sign that the trade war with China is weighing down a crucial sector of the economy.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019

Survey: U.S. manufacturing growth slows again in July

U.S. factory activity expanded at a slower rate in July for the fourth consecutive month as the Trump administration squares off with other countries on trade.


Wagstaff Inc. launches production, manufacturing academy to spur interest in skilled trades

Organizers selected 20 students from a list of applicants, who will receive training, school credit and a $2,000 stipend during the four-week program.


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

VW, Ford team up to make autonomous, electric vehicles

Volkswagen will invest $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford as part of a broader partnership on electric and self-driving vehicles, the companies confirmed …


Council President Ben Stuckart, GSI at odds over Northeast Public Development Authority hire

David Guthrie will lead the Northeast Public Development Authority, an entity created eight years ago in an attempt to bring economic redevelopment to a depressed and contaminated industrial area on …


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019

U.S. manufacturing growth slows in June for third straight month

U.S. factory activity grew at a slower pace in June for the third straight month as measures of new orders and inventories fell.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019

Krueger Sheet Metal has plans to build manufacturing facility, warehouse in Spokane Valley

Krueger Sheet Metal is planning to build a manufacturing facility and warehouse in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019

Survey: U.S. manufacturing growth slowed in May

U.S. manufacturers grew at a slower pace in May, as production levels fell slightly.


Lease, bonding shield taxpayers from risk in West Plains car factory development, officials say

A proposed agreement offers protections for local taxpayers, and the West Plains Airport Area Public Development Authority, including financial benchmarks, warranties and a nonrefundable deposit from the electric car and …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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.