Manufacturing/Industry

Hecla Reports Labor Strike at Lucky Friday

Mar 13th, 2017 | By
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Business Wire COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho –Hecla Mining Company ( NYSE:HL ) reported the United Steelworkers Union Local 5114 went on strike today at the Company’s Lucky Friday Mine, located in Mullan, Idaho. “We are disappointed in USW Local 5114’s decision to walk out, because this decision benefits no one – not the workers, their families,
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US factory orders up 1.2 percent in January

Mar 6th, 2017 | By

By Martin Crutsinger/AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses increased their orders in January, although a key component that tracks business investment spending fell for the first time in four months. Factory orders rose 1.2 percent, led by a jump in demand for aircraft, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Orders had risen 1.3 percent
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Idaho lawmakers eye changes to natural gas and oil rules

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
The Idaho Legislature on Monday approved a bill to speed the the state’s oil-and-gas drilling permit process. Shown here in this May 2015 file photo, drilling rigs stand in Odessa, Texas.
(Courtney Sacco/Odessa American via AP, File)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill intended to make significant changes to how Idaho regulates the state’s developing natural gas and oil industry has been introduced in the House Health and Welfare Committee. The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/2lhsxo5) that Republican Rep. Judy Boyle of Midvale introduced the bill Wednesday. “This is a complete rewrite of
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Federal agents raid Caterpillar offices in central Illinois

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By
The Western States Caterpillar expansion in south Pocatello was one project that that was helped with financing from the newly renamed Montana & Idaho CDC. (Photo courtesy of Western States Caterpillar)

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at three Caterpillar facilities in central Illinois on Thursday, officials said. Caterpillar spokeswoman Corrie Heck Scott said in an email Thursday that the company is cooperating with law enforcement but didn’t comment further. Sharon Paul, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in
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GOP moves to undo Obama coal rules protecting streams

Jan 30th, 2017 | By
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By Andrew Taylor /Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are moving swiftly to repeal Obama administration regulations aimed at better protecting streams from coal mining debris. Coal country lawmakers unveiled legislation Monday to block the rules, which they say would kill jobs in the coal industry, which is reeling from competition from cleaner-burning natural
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Samsung releases findings on $5.3 billion Note 7 fires fiasco

Jan 24th, 2017 | By

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said Monday that after testing more than 200,000 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, it found defects in two sets of batteries from two different manufacturers that made the devices prone to catch fire. Samsung’s mobile division president, Koh Dong-jin, ruled out any problems with other aspects of the Note
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Idaho company sees record silver production at Alaska mine

Jan 18th, 2017 | By

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A metal mine in southeast Alaska has reached its highest level of silver production since an Idaho-based company took full ownership of the property in 2008. Hecla Mining Co. released its 2016 results last week for the Greens Creek mine west of Juneau, The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported (http://bit.ly/2jm23O2). The
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New phosphate mine approved in southeastern Idaho

Jan 18th, 2017 | By

By Keith Ridler/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two federal agencies have approved a 2.4-mile-long open pit phosphate mine proposed by a Canadian company in southeastern Idaho. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service late last week issued separate records of decisions approving the plan by Calgary-based Agrium. The BLM manages the
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Pocatello faces high demand for contractors

Jan 10th, 2017 | By
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Journal Staff POCATELLO – A tight market and high demand for contractors is making any effort to hire local help harder for building projects. The Idaho Department of Labor is projecting a rebound in the construction industry through 2020. In their 10-year projections, this rebound lends to a 39 percent increase in jobs, the fastest projected
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Economist says new NRF facility will benefit state, local economy

Jan 10th, 2017 | By

By Kendra Evensen kevensen@journalnet.com The U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) is planning to recapitalize infrastructure in eastern Idaho that handles fuel waste from the nation’s fleet of nuclear-powered warships, and a regional economist believes the project will benefit the local and statewide economy. Hope Morrow with the Idaho Department of Labor says the $1.65
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