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Idaho Manufacturing Conference held (access required)

For U.S. manufacturers, surviving amid low-cost competition based overseas and an increasingly fickle and hard-to-define customer base requires constantly creating additional “value,” the keynote speaker at the first Idaho Manufacturing Conference said in Boise last week. The “Awful 5 Percent ...

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Residential construction strong in Idaho, commercial construction flat (access required)

Residential construction continues to be strong in Idaho, but commercial construction remains flat, and the state’s labor pool has adjusted to accommodate the trends, trade groups say. The Idaho Department of Labor reported Sept. 5 that construction is expected to ...

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Commentary: Public works projects offer difficulty in bid process (access required)

Public works projects are often large, complicated and expensive. The complex nature of these projects creates the potential for serious mistakes in bid preparation. Even the most conscientious bidder, when faced with the task of analyzing and interpreting the hundreds ...

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Ad hoc civic group launches campaign for voters to approve convention center (access required)

An ad hoc civic group that includes numerous Boise-area business leaders has launched a public-relations campaign aimed at voter approval of the $25 million convention center project rejected in a bond election last February. Styling itself as BEST – the ...

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Developer changes plans for Carol Professional Center (access required)

Plans for part of Carol Professional Center have changed in response to market conditions. Jon Barnes of Properties West Inc., Boise, planned to develop two, two-story office buildings of more than 30,000 square feet each on the 4-plus acres fronting ...

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Albertsons Inc. stock drops on downgrade (access required)

Stock in Albertsons Inc. slipped early last week following analysts’ downgrades of the company and sector, though it traded near the middle of its one-year range. Merrill Lynch analyst Mark Husson downgraded Albertsons stock from “neutral” to “sell” on Sept. ...

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Maverik convenience store to anchor plaza in Caldwell (access required)

Site preparation has begun for construction of a Maverik convenience store at the southeast corner of 10th Avenue and Ustick Road in southeast Caldwell – the first building in Carrington Plaza. The Carrington Co., of Eureka, Calif., expects the 10-acre ...

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Idaho Athletic builds anew in Blackeagle (access required)

Construction of Idaho Athletic Club’s fourth Treasure Valley unit, and its second in two years, is getting under way in the Blackeagle Center, near Overland and Maple Grove roads in southwest Boise. General contractor Hansen-Rice, Nampa, is slated to start ...

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The Network Group names new CEO, president (access required)

The Network Group has named Steve Hager its CEO and president. Ray Smelek will remain board chairman but turn over CEO duties to Hager – a longtime Hewlett-Packard Co. executive and recently a leader of In-System Design in Boise. Jerry ...

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