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Nonresidential construction gains jobs for first time since ’08

The nonresidential construction sector in March saw its first monthly increase in employment since 2008, gaining 9,400 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the April 2 employment report by the U.S. Labor Department. Year-over-year, the nonresidential construction sector ...

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Idacorp signs DOE smart grid funding contract

Idacorp Inc., a subsidiary Idaho Power, signed a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy for $47 million in stimulus funding as part of the DOE’s Smart Grid Initiative. Idaho Power’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure program, including smart meters, was previously ...

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Rush Enterprises to buy Lake City International

San Antonio-based Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America and two John Deere construction equipment dealerships in southeast Texas, is going to buy certain assets of Lake City Companies. Lake City operates a ...

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Interstate rehab begins near Burley

Knife River Inc. of Boise and Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. of Draper, Utah, have begun preliminary work on two portions of Interstate-84 east of Burley. Knife River’s portion of the project runs between the Burley and Declo interchanges and ...

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Ethanol plant operator files reorganization plan

Sacramento-based Pacific Ethanol Inc., which operates a plant in south central Idaho, on March 29 announced that subsidiary Pacific Ethanol Holding Co. LLC and its four wholly owned ethanol production facilities filed a plan of reorganization, and a related draft ...

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SBA loan enhancements extended through April

President Barack Obama on March 26 signed legislation extending through April the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ability to provide enhancements in its two largest small business loan programs. The enhancements, first made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ...

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