Dec. 14, 2015

Caldwell Kids Shop With a Cop

Police officers and children took over the Caldwell Walmart Saturday morning for Shop with a Cop. The annual event pairs underprivileged kids with officers for a shopping excursion.

Nearly two dozen officers and kids were treated to breakfast at Mr. V's, then they hopped in patrol cars - the kids got to operate the lights and sirens - and made their way to Walmart for a shopping spree.

Feb. 9, 2016

Caldwell Based Fiberguide Broadens Its Horizons

Products made by Fiberguide Industries in Caldwell are being used to remove brain tumors and to build telescopes. They are used in DNA sequencing and to help doctors ensure the eyes of babies are developing properly. Fiberguide also had a hand in a brand-new 3-D laser projection system that was used to show the film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the premiere in California last year. “What’s fascinating about what we do is it goes into lots of different markets,” said Patricia Seniw, the company’s president. Fiberguide plans to add even more capabilities to its list with a nearly 19,000-square-foot addition underway at its facility, which currently sits at 28,000 square feet.

Oct. 20, 2015

Caldwell through the Lenses of College of Idaho Students

When students at The College of Idaho look through their lenses at Caldwell, they focus on peaceful patio dining, friendly local business owners, rolling vineyards and one-of-a-kind historic details.

And being college students, they post those photos on social media with hashtags describing the scene.

In Marilyn Melchiorre’s marketing communication class at C of I, students are putting their social media skills to use in a marketing campaign for the city of Caldwell called “Tagged.” They’re working in pairs to take 10 photos of the city including one vineyard and one local business to show people what Caldwell has to offer.

Jan. 25, 2016

Caldwell Experiencing Rush of Development

Commercial development has hit the fast lane in Caldwell. The city has a growing list of new and planned businesses. One of the latest additions is a new Starbucks planned near Cleveland Boulevard and Linden Street, Mayor Garret Nancolas said. It would be the first Starbucks location for the city that just reached a population of 50,000 people. Reel Theatre has plans to fill another void in the city with a new 11-screen, first-run movie theater. Other developers have plans for a large new retail shopping center near The College of Idaho, hotels, a Wal-Mart grocery store and a large industrial building that could attract a significant employer to Caldwell.

Nov. 21, 2014

Downtown Caldwell’s Winter Wonderland

Photo by Destination Caldwell

A view of historic Indian Creek in Downtown Caldwell, lit up with themed displays for the city's annual Winter Wonderland. 

Sep. 30, 2016

Caldwell Company Plans Major Expansion

Caldwell-based company Quality Machine Products plans to move into a new building soon that’s twice the size of its current facility, said general manager Rob Doyle.

The company is contracting with the Van Auker Companies to built a 30,000-square-foot building valued at $1.84 million next door to its headquarters on Industrial Way, according to building permit records provided by the city of Caldwell.

Mar. 3, 2017

Caldwell Mayor: Downtown Revitalization Plans Are Taking Shape

Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas used his annual State of the City address on Tuesday to highlight the efforts underway to revitalize the city’s downtown, from a public plaza along the banks of Indian Creek to plans for building a boutique hotel and multi-screen movie venue.

Nancolas, speaking to about 100 people at the College of Idaho’s Jewett Auditorium, characterized the Indian Creek Plaza, an outdoor gathering place with a stage and ice rink, as a “centerpiece of activity.”

“The downtown of Caldwell is coming back to life,” said Nancolas, delivering his twentieth annual State of the City address. “Downtown is becoming the heartbeat and center of our community.”

In 2016, design plans for the plaza were approved and the city of Caldwell and the Urban Renewal agency budgeted $2.5 million for the first phase of construction. The total cost of the plaza is projected at $5.5 million.

Dec. 2, 2015

Indian Creek Long Exposures Caldwell

Photo by Ironhauler Photography

A great album of long-exposure photos of the Indian Creek christmas decorations in Caldwell from Ironhauler Photography.

Apr. 14, 2017

Work Begins on Indian Creek Plaza in Caldwell

Once complete, Indian Creek Plaza will have a concert stage, ice rink in the winter and fountains in the summer. It’s expected to host at least 150 events or activities each year.

According to a construction timeline handed out at the ceremony, the $6.5 million project is estimated to be complete by Jan. 25.

One of the plaza’s most unique features is an ice ribbon. The ice ribbon takes skaters around the plaza on a narrow lane of ice and back to a traditional ice rink.

Feb. 13, 2017

Caldwell Awarded $50,000 to Build Musical Instrument Park Downtown

The city of Caldwell and Destination Caldwell, a group highlighting the city’s offerings, were awarded $50,000 to build a musical instrument park in the heart of downtown.

A group of businesses and local organizations known as Together Treasure Valley selected the Indian Creek Musical Art Park project from among 150 other submitted ideas. The park, to be located near the Indian Creek foot bridge, will feature percussion instruments as art forms. It will be designed for visitors to play in a way that encourages social interaction.

Apr. 21, 2016

American Food Equipment Company to Break Ground in Caldwell for Company Expansion

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American Food Equipment Company (AMFEC), a food-processing equipment manufacturer, breaks ground Monday, April 25 in Caldwell on its new manufacturing facility. The California company plans to bring close to 90 new jobs with total wages over $4 million annually to the Valley as part of its national expansion.  

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Jan. 24, 2017

Gayle Manufacturing Finishes Caldwell Plant, Expects to be Operational by Summer

Now that construction of a 166,200-square-foot production facility is complete, Gayle Manufacturing Company President Gary Glenn said it will begin moving steel-fabrication equipment inside its new Caldwell plant.

“We will be operational to some extent within the next few months,” Glenn said of the company’s plans to be fully operational by this summer.

Out of the Caldwell facility, which is on the corner of Weitz Road and Simplot Boulevard, the company will manufacture steel beams, which Glenn described as the “skeleton that supports buildings.”

Previously, the company produced steel out of facilities it operates in Woodland, California, and a facility on Kings Road in Nampa. Eventually, it plans to produce the majority of the steel it fabricates out of the Caldwell facility.

May. 5, 2017

Fresca Mexican Foods Expands in Caldwell

 Fresca Mexican Foods has quietly turned out millions of tortillas each day from its factory in Boise and shipped its product to destinations around the world.

The company was founded 40 years ago and has since grown to become a major player in the crowded tortilla market, all while tucked away in a business park off Emerald Street.

Andy Savin, the company’s president, CEO and owner, said Fresca has earned its wide customer base by carving out a niche with its fresh frozen process. That means its corn and flour tortillas stay fresh, even when opened by clients as far away as Australia.

“We’re the only company of the many tortilla companies in the U.S. that basically freezes our product for quality reasons to preserve freshness,” Savin said. “It allows us to eliminate preservatives, to eliminate additives and have a healthier, cleaner product. That’s the way we’ve been built for 40 years. We’ve progressed down that path and perfected it over many years.”

The company’s success has caused some growing pains at its Boise location. Because of that, Fresca is moving its headquarters and its 170 employees to a new, nearly 200,000-square-foot facility under construction in Caldwell. The new building will be more than twice the size of its current 82,000-square-foot Boise factory. That space has the capacity for Fresca to double the amount of tortillas it produces each day — which now averages 3 million — and add new products to its lineup, including flat bread, pita bread and pizza dough, Savin said.

Jul. 21, 2015

Boise-based global shoe company Telic brings manufacturing to Caldwell

Boise-based shoe company Telic will soon start manufacturing its shoes in Caldwell. For the past few years, Telic has relied on Okabashi, a shoes-and-sandals maker with a factory in Buford, Ga., for its manufacturing. But Telic is growing as orders rise. It has 15 employees in Idaho and plans to hire 10 more by the first quarter of 2016. The company is now shipping footwear to 2,000 buyers in 34 countries. Telic is on track to sell 300,000 shoes this year — and it could be selling even more if it could produce them, according to company leaders. 

As the owners sketched out their growth plans, they thought, “We’d like to do something local, (and) we found a partner that’s willing to invest” in equipment and manpower, Vice President Aaron Azzarito said. That partner is Caldwell's High Country Plastics.

May. 19, 2015

Non-dairy MELT is spreading to new markets

MELT, a non-dairy buttery spread, is expanding. Its maker, Prosperity Organic Foods, moved April 26 from the downtown Boise’s Belgravia Building to larger quarters in the nearby Garro Building. The company hired five new employees between February and April, to 11 full-time employee positions. Prosperity’s expected revenues of $2.5 million this year are 60 percent higher than last year’s, said President and CEO Meg Carlson.

The company secured $3.5 million from current and new investors last year in its fourth round of funding. Treasure Valley Angel Fund has invested in two rounds of funding, in 2013 and 2014. Meanwhile, Prosperity, which started in 2008 in Hailey, is using a $450,000 Small Business Administration grant to develop new products, including one aimed at reducing childhood obesity that is due to start production this year.

Prosperity’s signature MELT product, a dairy-free butter substitute, is made at ZoRoCo Packaging in Caldwell. MELT entered Whole Foods in 2012 and sales are up 50 percent at that national grocer from a year ago, said Carlson. Carlson, a veteran of the food industry who started her career at Ore-Ida in the 1980s, is now working with Costco to come up with a product size that the chain can work with. She sees growth ahead. “There are many other smaller and natural and organic markets around the country, and we’re only in 25 percent of them,” Carlson said. “It’s time for us to be more present. We’re starting to reach that critical mass of consumers who have discovered MELT and incorporate it into their regular routine. It’s a staple and something you buy every time you go to the grocery store.”

Sep. 10, 2015

C of I honored as top liberal arts college

CALDWELL – The College of Idaho was nationally recognized as one of the nation's top academic institutions for liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

C of I ranked No. 169 on the list of “Best Liberal Arts Colleges.” The rankings are based on graduation rate, class sizes, alumni giving percentage and other indicators of academic quality. The school also lead all other Idaho colleges ranked by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rates and freshmen retention rates. C of I is ranked No. 8 among liberal arts colleges in the Northwest.

Apr. 7, 2015

Idaho’s Biggest Cities Thrive, Develop, Flourish

Idaho has seen noticeable growth in the past decade and the prosperity continues today. Throughout the state cities are booming, but the Boise Valley tumphs all with expanision, success and development happening from seemingly every angle. Newsmax's list of '10 Biggest Cities in Idaho' overviews much more than the size of our beloved cities; almost half of the list falls within the Boise Valley, highlighting everything from endless recreation and opportunity to populations rising and afforable living. 

May. 5, 2016

Strider Group Developing Spec Buildings

A Ketchum company is entering the Treasure Valley industrial real estate market with plans for a 60,000-square-foot building in an industrial park in Caldwell and 52,000-square-foot building at an industrial park on the east side of Boise.

Developer Strider Group LLC started buying and selling bank-owned commercial property about four years ago, said Scott Thomson, who manages real estate for the family-owned company. At its peak, the company owned about 200,000 square feet of commercial space with 10 or 15 properties around the state, Thompson said.

Now it’s venturing into industrial real estate construction. Strider is building both of its Treasure Valley structures on spec, with no tenants in mind.

Jan. 11, 2017

Exploring Idaho’s Secret Wine Region

Idaho Wine Country Is A *Real* Thing

Katie Quinn made a trip to Boise and had the opportunity to explore the Treasure Valley Wine Region. 

Sure enough, I hopped in a car with my fellow food-lover friends (and awesome creators) Molly Yeh and Matt & Beau of Probably This to explore what Idaho offers as far as wine goes.

We had such a fun day! The weather was beautiful, the scenery was outstanding, and the wine was SO good! We got to see how it's made and taste it at all different stages of the production process. 

Jul. 19, 2016

C of I Hires Jim Everett, Former CEO of the YMCA, as New Swim Coach

by College of Idaho

After retiring from his post at the YMCA in December, Everett was not sure what was next, but he knew it had to be something that aligned with his purpose and passion. Coaching was always in his mind.

Everett, a 10-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion, three year co-captain, four year Most Valuable Swimmer and the first swimmer inducted into the Albion College Hall of Fame, previously served as head swim coach at the Marietta YMCA in Ohio  and the Boise YMCA, taking both programs to Nationals for the first time. Everett coached multiple athletes who went on to become national champions, including one who was an Olympic Gold medalist and world record holder. Though he spent 41 years working for the “Y”—including building the Treasure Valley facilities into some of the best in the United States—coaching was his calling.

“I have truly come full circle,” Everett said. “I began as a swim coach, and to have the opportunity to return to this calling is a dream come true!”  

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