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Optometrists want tax exemption for glasses, contacts (access required)

Idaho optometrists want to make eyeglasses and contact lenses exempt from the state’s sales tax. A lobbyist for the optometrists introduced legislation Feb. 3 that would exempt glasses this year and contact lenses next year. Each would carry a $1.6 ...

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Jerome plastic bag plant has new name (access required)

The parent company of the Hilex Poly plant in Jerome has changed its name to Novolex, with Hilex Poly and other product lines the company makes now being listed as Novolex Brands. “The change signifies a number of great companies ...

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Department of Finance sees more filing activity (access required)

The Idaho Department of Finance saw a more than 5 percent increase in business filings, licenses and registrations in 2014, with more than 168,000 filings. The department’s securities bureau reported a record 113,084 securities filings and professionals licensing to do ...

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New office building in early planning for River Road (access required)

A company called ISS River Partners has proposed to build a six-story office building at 13th Street and River Road. ISS River Partners is seeking a conditional use permit from the Boise Planning & Zoning Commission for a 15,639-square foot ...

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Gayle Manufacturing will move HQ from California to Caldwell (access required)

Gayle Manufacturing Co. will move its headquarters to Caldwell from northern California and build a a new steel fabrication manufacturing facility, a $25 million capital expenditure that will employ more than 70 employees within the first year. Gayle is receiving ...

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Mountain States Group changes name to Jannus (access required)

The Boise-based Mountain States Group, a nonprofit organization that helps Idaho individuals and families, has changed its name to Jannus. Executive Director Karan Tucker said the name change was prompted by the offer of assistance from the American Institute of ...

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Meridian lumber mill is closing (access required)

Plum Creek Timber Co. is closing its lumber remanufacturing mill in Meridian at the end of March, resulting in the loss of 61 jobs. The mill is closing because one of the mill’s customers decided not to renew its contract ...

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A word with Denise Dunlap of the TECenter (access required)

Denise Dunlap is the executive director of the Technology and Entrepreneurial Center, or the TECenter, a 12-year-old Nampa-based program that offers light manufacturing space and offices to new companies. It’s part of the Idaho Small Business Development Center, and has ...

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