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Construction materials prices decline

The price of construction materials declined in June by 0.9 percent following three months of increases. This is according to the July 15 producer price index report by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Associated Builders and Contractors are also ...

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ON Semiconductor to buy Japan firm

Phoenix-based ON Semiconductor Corp. announced plans July 15 to acquire Sanyo Electric Co.’s semiconductor business in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $366 million, according to the Arizona Republic. It would be ON’s eighth and second-largest acquisition since the former Motorola ...

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Idaho top of the ‘spam’ list, again

Symantec has released its annual MessageLabs Intelligence Special Report, ranking the most spammed states and Idaho’s number one again. According to the report, Idaho receives the most spam (for a second year in a row), at a rate of 95.2 ...

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North Idaho College signs agreement for advanced wireless service

North Idaho College has signed an agreement with to provide wireless services for their students and staff with always on and always available wireless access from BlueSocket. The campus located in Coeur d’Alene has about 5,500 students and 1,000 employees ...

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Old-school segment producing for nextScan

Like many high-tech firms, nextScan plans new offerings for new markets. Unlike many high-tech firms, the Meridian-based company (www.nextscan.com) thrives on working with old technology: microfilm. The manufacturing that nextScan does is not a good candidate for outsourcing overseas, partly ...

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Retail vacancy decreases in Boise

Retail vacancy in the Treasure Valley decreased slightly in June, yet further improvement may be years away, according to Thorton Oliver Keller’s recent Market Review newsletter. Vacancies decreased slightly from 13.7 percent to 13.5 percent in June, marking the third ...

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