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The Economy
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Manufacturing, construction, mining and agriculture, all blue-collar industries, founded the region’s economy. They continue to have a strong presence, no doubt contributing heartily to the area’s noted work ethic, as new economies emerge and diversify.

Small businesses dominate today’s regional professional landscape. Business values line up with Inland Northwest values to match our work-hard-play-hard lifestyle.

Technology and other new economy industries are emerging. Opportunities for professional advancement and customizable training have helped that advancement. Commercialization of technologies developed at Washington State University and the University of Idaho has also provided a boost.

Clusters have formed in information and high-technology, aerospace, healthcare and biosciences, financial and shared services, metalworking, and forest products. Marine services companies have also developed a presence.


Employement by Industry

Employer Type Employees
Advanced Input Systems Technology 290
Agilent Technologies Technology 350
Alternative Nursing Services Healthcare 483
ATK Manufacturing 650
Avista Corporation Utility TBD
Boise Cascade Lumber 297
Buck Knives Manufacturing TBD
Clifty View Nursery Tree Nursery 100-249
Columbia Cedar Industrial 95
Columbia Lighting Manufacturing 560
Coeur Silver Valley Resources Mining 180
CPM Development Corp. Manufacturing 600
Dave Smith Motors Automotive 300
Guy Bennett Lumber Company Timber/Sawmill 150
Elk Mountain Farms Agriculture 250-499
Hearth & Home Technologies Manufacturer 340
Hecla Mining Mining 140
Hewes Craft Marine Company Aluminum Boats 100
Honeywell Electric Materials Inc. Technology/Manufacturing 439
Huntwood Industries Manufacturing 643
Isothermal Systems Research Technology/Manufacturing 200
Itron, Inc. Technology/Manufacturing 458
Itronix Corp. Technology/Manufacturing 359
Kinross, Inc. Industrial 115
McGregor Company Ag Manufacturing/Research 300
Potlatch Corporation Natural Resources 1,900
Regence BlueShield of Idaho Healthcare 460
Renaissance Marine Group Manufacturing 85
Riley Creek Timber/Sawmill 100-249
Schweitzer Engineering Lab Technology/Manufacturing 621
Stimson Lumber Lumber 165
Telect Technology/Manufacturing 223
Triumph Composite Systems, Inc. Manufacturing 325
URM Stores, Inc. Wholesale Grocery Sales 1,556
Vaagen Bros. Lumber Lumber 130
Welco of Idaho Timber/Sawmill 50-99

Sources: Idaho Department of Commerce & Labor; Washington Office of Financial Management; Inland Northwest Economic Alliance research

Photo credit—University of Idaho Research Park.

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