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Company has the mettle to transform home manufacturing (access required)

CALDWELL — An Idaho company claims to have a unique solution to the country’s affordable housing shortage: converting decommissioned shipping containers for transport by rail or ship into sustainable homes. At a warehouse in Caldwell, indieDwell is rolling out a ...

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With rising labor costs, builders embrace modular construction (access required)

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Correction: This story has been updated to indicate that the Pacific Companies is launching the new factory. Prefab Logic is providing support services.  Construction companies swamped with projects but stymied by a lack of skilled workers are turning to technology ...

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Does new construction pay for itself? Yes, an economist says (access required)

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Not everyone is happy with Ada County’s burgeoning growth. Homeowners faced with rising taxes to pay for infrastructure such as roads and schools, as well as increased city services, often complain that growth should pay for itself. But, by and ...

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Construction companies fight workplace injuries, deaths

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The surge in construction is bringing on another surge: Construction deaths and injuries. Construction companies are looking for ways to reduce these incidents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) compiles occupational injuries, and breaks them out into categories. For example, ...

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Multicultural specialty groceries add spice to retail (access required)

Idaho may be famous for its potatoes, but increasingly you can find masa, doubanjiang, piment d’espelette and za’atar in its grocery stores. While some of these ingredients require a visit to a multicultural specialty grocery that carries international food, traditional grocery ...

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Capital City Public Market credits events, hotels for growth

Mona Warchol is executive director of the Capital City Public Market, which fills several blocks of downtown Boise with locals and out-of-towners every Saturday morning from April through December. More than 125 vendors at the 24-year-old market sell produce, baked ...

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Thrift stores change with the times

Idaho technology companies aren’t the only ones looking to Silicon Valley for inspiration. Two years ago, a team of leaders from the Idaho Youth Ranch, which helps pay for its social services programs through revenues from its two dozen second-hand ...

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Research leads retail interior trends

New research is yielding data that helps us determine how retailers can best meet shoppers’ emotional and behavioral needs. Preferences change over time, and retail interior design needs to change all the time too. Market changes, such as a growth ...

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Independent retailers are the city’s ambassadors

Independent retailers are driven by a passion for the products that are available in their stores and the needs of the community they live in. At our shop, every book on our shelves is there because someone on our staff ...

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