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Energy storage company thrives on disaster prep

Many customers are living off the grid in tiny homes thanks to James Brainard’s innovation – an 1,100-watt, rechargeable lithium battery that’s lightweight and can store power generated from portable solar panels. Brainard, co-founder of the Pocatello-based startup technology company ...

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Out-of-state real estate investors turn to Idaho (access required)

Real estate broker Mike Swope believes a trend of more out-of-state dollars flowing into the Idaho market has been inflating the state’s housing prices and pushing many local investors to the sidelines. Swope, who specializes in multifamily properties with Boise-based ...

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Litehouse CEO credits ESOP with company’s growth

The president and CEO of a popular Idaho salad dressing manufacturer believes his company is thriving mostly due to its recent conversion to 100 percent employee ownership. Jim Frank, head of Litehouse, Inc., said the Sandpoint-based company increased its net ...

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