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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019, 2:04 p.m.

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, 3:53 p.m.

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, 6:13 p.m.

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, 5:01 p.m.

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, 6 p.m.

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, 11:19 a.m.

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, 3:14 p.m.

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, 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.