Dec. 5, 2014

Idaho Grape Growers and Winemakers Wrap Up 2014 Harvest

by ​Jess Flynn

Many of Idaho’s 50+ wineries are in the process of wrapping up the 2014 harvest season, and winemakers are raving about the season's ideal conditions, "We had a nice warm summer with perfect cooling of temperature that allowed for picture perfect ripening conditions for whites and reds."

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Nov. 3, 2014

Valley’s New Tech & Corporate Icons Rank in Idaho Private 75

by ​Jess Flynn
Fast-growing technology companies and iconic corporations from across the Boise Valley are featured in Idaho Private 75, the annual ranking of the state's top private companies.
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Jan. 26, 2015

California Manufacturer Relocates Headquarters to the Boise Valley

by ​Jess Flynn

Gayle Manufacturing Company (GMC), a national provider of structural steel for multi-story buildings, is expanding its presence in the Boise Valley by relocating its headquarters from Woodland, California to Caldwell and building a new steel fabrication manufacturing facility. The company has an existing operation in Nampa.

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Mar. 31, 2016

West Valley Medical Center Constantly Evolves

Along with the nurses, doctors and patients, there seems to be another constant presence at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell — construction crews. The 150-bed hospital has been continually expanding and remodeling its facility in recent years in an effort to serve the needs of the community and bring new services that weren’t previously offered in the area. “It’s really about keeping Caldwell patients in Caldwell,” said chief operating officer Jennifer Opsut.

When patients come to West Valley, the goal is for them to be treated at West Valley and not have to be transferred elsewhere. Opsut said the hospital is always looking at its service lines to determine what is needed. It looks at the cases coming through the emergency room and the number of patients who are being transferred out. “We monitor those really closely to look at community need,” she said.

The hospital recently invested $3 million in a new electrophysiology catheterization lab to offer a service that previously required patients to go to another hospital. Cardiovascular care was one of the areas where patients had to be transferred out. “This was done to bring advanced cardiac services to Caldwell for our community members, which we couldn’t do in the past,” Opsut said.

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Jul. 20, 2016

As Sky Ranch Nears Completion - Employees & Companies Reap Benefits

In 2015 and 2016, three companies purchased ground in Sky Ranch. During that time, two-thirds of the urban renewal land in Sky Ranch has been purchased or is in the process of closing.

From his desk window near the airport, Caldwell Economic Development Director Steve Fultz can see the companies he has helped attract to the park.

“Right here, where all of this dirt is moving,” is the American Food Equipment Company, a planned 60,000-square-foot facility, and Johnson Thermal Systems is within view, Fultz said. “I can sit here and watch the progress.”

Around the corner from these two companies is the Idaho Department of Labor. Fultz said it was put there “by design” to help match employees with new companies and to help provide training resources.

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Dec. 16, 2015

College of Idaho Named a Top-Five National Value School in USA Today

The College of Idaho is one of America’s premier value colleges, according to a Dec. 10 article in USA Today. The article, citing data from College Factual’s most recent ranking of America's “Best 10 Colleges for the Money,” lists the C of I at No. 5 among more than 1,200 schools nationwide. The College earned high marks for its distinctive PEAK Curriculum, its high graduation rate and its strong combination of academic quality and economic value.

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Oct. 15, 2014

West Valley Begins $3 million Expansion to Improve Heart Care

This week West Valley Medical Center took the next step in bringing advanced electrophysiology treatments to Canyon County. The $3 million heart catheterization suite is the first of its kind in the region outside Boise. It will offer residents in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon more options when making important health care decisions. The existing suite will expand from 1,400- to 6,000-square-feet and contain upgraded X-ray and 3-D mapping equipment to provide highly accurate imaging of the heart and major vessels.
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Feb. 10, 2016

Industrial Development Group Purchases Sky Ranch Property

Manufacturing and distribution companies will soon find more industrial space in Caldwell to set up shop.

The Caldwell Urban Renewal Agency has sold around 20 acres of property in the Sky Ranch business park to Ketchum-based developer Strider Group LLC.

Strider plans to construct an industrial building facility on the property. Strider has ambitious plans at Sky Ranch. The developer has talked about constructing a 50,000 to 60,000-square-foot industrial facility. It would then lease or rent the facility to interested companies.

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Feb. 29, 2016

Idaho Wine Industry Welcomes 3 New Vineyards to the Boise Valley

The Boise Valley will be receiving three new wineries this coming year in a hope to satisfy Idaho’s growing wine demand. The three vineyard owners all come from varying backgrounds including a Micron Technology Executive, a crop-farming family, and a respected grape-growing family.  All three vineyards are expected to cultivate a cumulative 154 acres. This will increase Idaho’s current wine capacity from 1200 acres to 1354 acres or more.  “We’re super excited,” Greg Koenig said, owner of the J Victor Vineyard. “There’s a lot going on in the industry now. This weekend, everybody was out and about touring, and all the tasting rooms around here were full. And I have orders that I can’t fill”

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Oct. 8, 2015

Great Northwest Wine: Greg Koenig Continues to Lead Charge in Snake River Valley

It has been more than 20 years since a young, energetic man arrived on the Idaho wine scene and helped begin to change the perception of wine being made in the Gem State.

Today, Greg Koenig is a veteran winemaker. He’s not necessarily considered part of the old guard, even if the slightest hint of silver is starting to show up in his hair. With his brother, Andy, he launched Koenig Distillery & Winery in the Sunnyslope Wine District in the mid-1990s and went to work reimagining an industry that, for the most part, was languishing in obscurity.

Though he is a graduate of famed University of Notre Dame and a classically trained architect, Koenig came to winemaking as a hobby and has little formal training – preferring to learn his craft on the job.

Today, Koenig is one of the most recognized and respected winemakers in Idaho.

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