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Business Climate and Quality of Life Fuel Idaho’s Economic Growth
Over the last year, Idaho has been the destination of
choice for a number of major national companies that recognize the value of
investing in Idaho.
National recognition in publications like Forbes and Inc.
magazines consistently ranking the state as a top location for doing
In May, Forbes ranked Boise, Idaho’s capital city, as the
fourth best place to do business. In April, Inc. magazine listed the
northern Idaho city of Coeur d’Alene as no. 5 on a list of top “Boomtowns.”
Idaho Falls in eastern Idaho came in at No. 10 on that list.
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Idaho is now the new home to Buck Knives. The long-standing California
company caused quite a stir in 2002 when it announced plans to move its
corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility from El Cajon, Calif.
where the company had been based since 1947.
Company leaders cited out-of-control business costs in
California as the reason the reason for making the move.
In Idaho, the company found a state that is among one of
the country’s lowest-cost places to do business, according to the latest
report from economy.com. Buck Knives President C.J. Buck told Inc. magazine
that Idaho delivered everything the company hoped for. “Electric bills are
roughly 30 percent what they would have been if Buck had stayed in
California and workers' compensation rates are 10 percent lower,” Buck said.
“The move reduced overhead and freed up capital for investment and product
development. It has reinvigorated this company, from the engineers to the
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offers companies a host of attractive business incentives everything from
tax credits to funding that offsets a company’s training costs. A full list
of Idaho’s business incentives are available at idahoworks.com. "Our
business-friendly environment, low operating costs, great quality of life
and skilled, motivated work force give companies a competitive edge,” said
Idaho Commerce & Labor Director Roger B. Madsen. “Investing in Idaho not
only makes sense, it pays off.”
The recent recognition by national magazines and the
discovery of Idaho by major companies coupled with attractive incentives
offered by state leaders is driving an unprecedented economic expansion in
the Gem State.
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nearly $124 million in expansion projects were completed in the state during
the year, and another $42 million in projects were announced or underway
before year’s end.
Ten major expansions were announced or completed over the
course of 2005, adding 790 new jobs. State leaders say the state economic
growth shown no sign of slowing and the state is already on track to add
even more jobs in 2006.
In April, Dutchmen Inc., a division of Thor Industries,
announced plans to open a new recreational vehicle manufacturing plant in
the south-central Idaho city of Burley. The expansion will bring 200 jobs to
the region and is expected to attract interest from other manufactures and
suppliers in the recreational vehicle industry interested in expanding.
Manufacturing companies are attracted to Idaho not just
for the low business costs, but for the availability of a high quality work
force and the money companies can save on transportation costs by being
closer to the West Coast market.
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manufacturing expansion boom began early in 2005 with the opening of a new
$6.4 million travel trailer manufacturing plant in Twin Falls for Jayco Inc.
The expansion by Jayco was the first time the recreational
vehicle company opened a new operation outside of its home state of Indiana.
The year came to a close with an announcement by
Wisconsin-based Marathon Cheese that it would build a $27 million cheese
packaging plant in Mountain Home located in southwestern Idaho. The plant
will create 250 jobs initially when it opens in late 2006 with the potential
to increase employment to more than 500 jobs.
The Marathon Cheese announcement was followed in December
2005 with an announcement from Cabela’s that Boise would be the site of the
company’s first Northwest outdoors store scheduled to open this summer.
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|But it isn’t
all business incentives that attracts companies like Buck Knives and others
to the state.
Idaho is an outdoor enthusiasts dream.
The state is home to the one of the largest tracts of wilderness in the
United States. Two centuries ago Lewis & Clark gained a new respect for the
state’s rugged Bitterroot Mountains in what proved to be the expedition’s
toughest challenge on their travels to the Pacific Ocean.
The state’s rivers offer everything from serene floating
opportunities to white-knuckle whitewater adventures. Idaho is also home to
nationally known ski resorts like the legendary Sun Valley and the nation’s
newest all-season resort Tamarack.
Idaho’s cities offer low housing costs, great education
systems, low crime and a whole host of things to do everything from dining
to world-class theater.
Idaho has truly been discovered as a state that offers the
best of all worlds. It’s a great place to live and work.
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Commerce & Labor TEL (208) 334-2650 ext. 2114
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