Sep. 16, 2015

J.R. Simplot Company: Cultivating a World of Possibilities

J.R. Simplot Company: Cultivating a World of Possibilities

An interesting look at how Simplot Company came from simple roots and went on to becoming on of the largest food producers in the world. 

Nov. 8, 2016

Why Mother Earth Chose Boise

Earlier this month, Mother Earth Brewing Co. opened a tasting room in the town of Nampa, Idaho, about 20 miles west of Boise. That's because in August the brewery fired up a 40,000-square-foot production facility in Nampa, capable of brewing over 100,000 barrels per year. By comparison, Mother Earth's main brewery in Vista can make about 40,000 barrels.

So why Idaho? "That is the million-dollar question, literally and figuratively," says Mother Earth vice president Kevin Hopkins. "It has transportation corridors that work all the way across the U.S.," he adds, noting the Idaho brewery is already shipping Mother Earth cans and bottles throughout the Pacific Northwest and mountain regions — five and a half states so far.

That half state, by the way, is Northern California. "From a craft-beer perspective," Hopkins asserts, "Northern California really is it's own thing. It's massive."

For much of this year, Mother Earth was already shipping to these areas — including Idaho — from San Diego, to get a head start establishing the brand. "The reality is we started launching markets in 2016," Hopkins says. "Then we turn-keyed them. We actually launched them from the Vista facility, and then we handed them off."

The real benefit of establishing production in Idaho will be seen in the first quarter of 2017, as Mother Earth begins moving eastward. Hopkins says beer is scheduling distribution to Denver, Chicago, and as far as Boston. "We're shipping beer all over the place," he goes on, "we're just dividing it north to south instead of leapfrogging from coast to coast the way other breweries have done."

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Jun. 3, 2016

Boise Transload Facility

A city of Boise-owned tract near the Boise Airport offers a combination of benefits for industrial uses that is rarely found near cities of any size. The 275-acre parcel is zoned for all industrial uses, located within two miles of two interstate interchanges, close to the airport, 15-20 minutes from Downtown and close to fuel pipelines.“It’s such a good piece of property,” city spokesman Mike Journee said. “All of the elements are right there.”

The city hopes commercial real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield can find a private developer willing to build a “transload” facility where a full-size, 100-car train could be loaded and unloaded to and from shipping trucks. In addition, the property could someday become the center of a larger industrial park featuring uses such as storage, assembly or manufacturing of inbound goods and bailing or other consolidation of outbound recyclable materials and other freight.

Such a project has been a goal of the city, private industry and economic development leaders for years. Those people believe it could attract new businesses to the Boise area and, just as importantly, help the ones that are already here.

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Sep. 2, 2015

West Ada opens computer science magnet school

The first day of school in Idaho’s largest district also signified the first day for the computer science magnet school, designed for 10th- through 12th-graders who want to take increasingly advanced courses in computer science and web design and development.

“Our goal is to prepare students with skills that are in demand,” said Staci Low, administrator of West Ada’s Professional Technical Education program. “Our curriculum is aligned to industry so students learn specific transferable skills for the work force or college and career-ready skills.”

All of West Ada’s five high schools offer freshman computer programming and web design classes, and more than 600 students are enrolled over the next two semesters. Last year, only two schools offered such classes.

Sophomore Chris Johnson smiled in what he said is “by far my favorite class” at Centennial High School.  He is a four-year track to earn a computer programing certification so he’ll be instantly employable when he graduates.

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Nov. 7, 2016

Alaska Airlines to Add Mainline Service to Seattle

by Boise Airport

Alaska Airlines will begin flying a mainline Boeing 737 between Boise and Seattle. The up-gauged service will replace a smaller regional jet, such as the Embraer 175 or Bombardier Q400, adding approximately 60 seats per day to/from the Seattle market. This daytime flight will complement existing Alaska Airlines service to Seattle, which has up to eight daily trips during peak periods.

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Oct. 31, 2016

Mother Earth Brew Is Up And Brewing In Nampa

Mother Earth Brew Co. started brewing beer in mid-September in Nampa at a retrofitted seed building that’s expected to produce the largest volume of beer in Idaho in 2017.

A 500-square-foot tasting room with capacity for 33 people opened at the brewery on Oct. 8.

Owner Daniel Love forecasts his 40-barrel Mueller four-vessel brew house will produce 7,000 to 10,000 barrels through the balance of 2016 and he anticipates 25,000 barrels for 2017, “fingers crossed.”

“Currently, the way I’m set up, I can do 60,000 barrels,” Love said, adding that future capacity in the 40,710-square-foot former Sygenta Seed building at the I-84 Industrial Park could reach 100,000 barrels a year.

Payette Brewing Co. is the largest Idaho brewer at 12,000 barrels a year. That total is projected to increase to 15,000 to 20,000 barrels in 2017, the first full year for Payette at its new downtown Boise brewery, owner Mike Francis said.

Mother Earth expanded to Idaho from the San Diego suburb of Vista, where the original Mother Earth will remain to serve the southern California and Arizona market. In Vista, Mother Earth has a 22,000-square-foot brewery and 6,000-square-foot tasting room.

But Daniel and Erin Love have sold their home in San Diego and now live in Eagle.

Beer from Nampa is already distributed in Idaho (100 Jacksons Food Stores, 24 Albertsons, 10 Fred Meyer stores and 250 rotating taps at bars), Oregon, Washington, northern California and Nevada. Expansion to any other states will also be handled from Nampa.

“We’re close on Colorado and Chicago,” Love said. “We’re working on Philadelphia, New York and Texas next year. We have a pretty good following in New York City. I don’t know how the beer gets there.

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Jun. 2, 2016

American Airlines Begins Nonstop Service to Dallas

by Boise Airport Press Release

The Boise Airport held a ribbon cutting ceremony for American Airlines’ new nonstop service from Boise to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport this morning. This is the the airport's 20th nonstop destination around the country. 

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Jul. 10, 2015

SimplyLEDs in Garden City Scales Up

In 2005, Bob Deely and five other former Hewlett-Packard employees decided to get in on the early stages of the burgeoning LED lighting industry. They created a tiny startup, SimplyLEDs, with the goal of making LED signs. Since its founding, SimplyLEDs has grown from one employee to 21. It projects sales of $5 million for 2015 after bringing in $7.3 million million in all previous years combined. The company says it became profitable in 2014.

 

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Mar. 23, 2015

College of Western Idaho Expands Campus

by College of Western Idaho News

The College of Western Idaho plans to expand its campus after purchasing 32.5 acres of land North of the school's Nampa campus. The proposed campus expanision stems from recent growth in enrollment at CWI. The college has gained over 9,000 students since 2009, making it the largest community college in Idaho. 

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Mar. 9, 2017

Grow Here: Why Heartland RV Chose the Boise Metro

by Marissa Lovell

When Thor Industries, Inc. began looking for a location to expand their manufacturing facilities on the West Coast, the Boise Metro was on the short list. It wasn’t until the team set foot in their last stop on a site selection trip that they saw the full extent of opportunity available in the area. Within a few hours, their final stop became their first choice.

In September 2015, that choice was finalized when Thor Industries, Inc. announced Heartland Recreational Vehicles’ newest location on Karcher Road in Nampa. For Ken Julian, Vice President of Administration and Human Resources, selecting the right site for expansion was dependent on a mix of training, talent and space – three things that made the Boise Metro an easy decision. 

In mid-April of 2016, the first RV manufactured at the Nampa facility was shipped, marking the first milestone in the company’s inaugural year. Heartland RV’s big plans for the year ahead include expanding into their full 248,000 square-foot facility and growing their current workforce.

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Jan. 11, 2017

Meridian #1 City For New Home Sales

Sometimes homebuyers just want a new home. Lower maintenance costs, up-to-date designs, and a definite lack of murder are on many a must-have list.

To determine which U.S. cities have appealingly high inventories of new homes, Realtor.com analyzed the housing markets of the country’s 400 largest towns. The results were a little surprising.

The ten cities with the highest percentage of for-sale homes built since 2013 are concentrated in the middle of the country, with Meridian, Idaho, leading the charge. A bedroom community for Boise’s growing tech scene, Meridian’s seen a surge of home construction in recent years. More than a third of the city’s housing market is newer construction with a median price just $25,000 above older homes for sale in the area

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Mar. 16, 2015

New Nampa Library Open for Business

Nampa's brand new library opened it's doors to the public Saturday morning after nearly a decade of planning and construction. The new building offers open spaces and natural light, designed to serve as a gathering place for the community and draw people downtown Nampa. 

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Aug. 10, 2016

CWI Unveils Boise Campus Plans

Dozens of cars filled that parking lot for an event Tuesday morning where CWI unveiled conceptual plans for the new campus, a project officials hope to be ready for students by 2020. The campus could be up to 600,000-square-feet, according to Craig Brown, vice president of resource development for the college.

About 20,000 students are enrolled in the College of Western Idaho, according to numbers provided by the college.

City and education officials, including Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Ray Stark of the Boise Chamber of Commerce and Boise State University provost Martin Schimpf spoke at the event, providing their take on what this new campus means for the community.

“What our economy needs most are the skilled workers that are going to feed the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Bieter said. “And that’s where CWI’s place in all of this is. Our economy, our jobs, our city, our valley and our state simply have to have the skills to compete, and CWI is all about that. This spot is ideal for that kind of activity and that kind of job generator.”

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Feb. 27, 2015

St. Alphonsus to Build Brand New Nampa Hospital

by Saint Alphonsus

via Saint Alphonsus press release

Saint Alphonsus will be building a replacement hospital at the corner of I-84 and Garrity Avenue in Nampa, Idaho. The new $80 million facility will replace the hospital currently located on 12th Avenue in Nampa. Hospital officials are planning on opening the new hospital by the summer of 2017, which will also mark the 100th anniversary of the only Catholic hospital in Nampa.

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Jun. 8, 2016

Pro Soccer Could Be Headed To Boise

Boise is a prime candidate for a professional soccer team if the community can establish a team ownership group and build a stadium with at least 5,000 seats, a soccer executive said. Jake Edwards, president of the 29-team United Soccer League, was at the Portland Timbers T2-Swope Park Rangers game June 4 in Meridian and had extensive talks with local soccer officials. “We like what we see in Boise,” Edwards said. “We’ve been looking at Boise for a while.”

The Meridian game at Rocky Mountain High School drew more than 4,500 – more than the Timbers T2 have had at any game in Portland this season, said Bill Taylor, president of Idaho Youth Soccer Association, which organized the game.

This game was the first time USL had a league game at a neutral site. It was also the first professional American soccer match in Idaho, in the footsteps of last year’s first international match in Idaho. USL is the third level of professional U.S. league soccer behind Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League.

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Jan. 24, 2017

Balsam Brands Expands Presence in Downtown Boise

by Balsam Brands

Balsam Brands, best-known for their flagship brand, Balsam Hill, the leading-brand of artificial Christmas trees, has announced that they will be opening an office in the historic Union Block building located in downtown Boise later this summer.  Prior to moving in, the company plans to update and restore the space with special details that will honor the history and unique characteristic of the building.

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May. 18, 2015

Boise Valley Artists Make the Move to Garden City

Over the past years, an increasing number of Boise Valley artists have recognized the benefits of setting up shop in Garden City. The affordability of real estate in the area combined with access to space has created an influx in residency for various types of art including visual artists, musicians, dancers, breweries, wineries and art galleries. 

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Mar. 5, 2015

Local Companies Donate to Build New WaterShed River Campus

by City of Boise

Several Boise Valley companies have joined the donation campaign to raise $650,000 for a new upgraded outdoor exhibit at the Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center. The new campus will feature the largest public art collection in Idaho and interactive exhibits to continue education about the water system throughout the Boise Valley. The new River Campus, a collaboration of Boise WaterShed Exhibitis, Inc. and the City of Boise, is expected to be completed in June of 2016. 

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Nov. 6, 2014

Diversified Fluid Solutions Expands in Boise

Diversified Fluid Solutions announced Thursday that it will expand its Boise facility from 11,000 to 40,000 sq ft and add 50 to 60 full-time jobs with benefits with the help of a tax reimbursement incentive credit from the State of Idaho. DFS makes chemical blending and distribution systems for a variety of industries, and is considered a leader in making those systems for semiconductor companies such as Micron.
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May. 12, 2016

The Village At Meridian Will Expand By 225,000 Square Feet!

The Village at Meridian will add 225,000 square feet of retail and office space, plus a second gathering spot similar to The Village’s Fountain Square. CenterCal Chief Executive Fred Bruning announced the expansion May 10 at an open house for commercial real estate brokers

 

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