Manufacturing Success in Spokane Valley

Manufacturing drives the economy of Washington. It accounts for 14.4 percent of total output in the state. In 2014, the state was home to 289,100 manufacturing employees. With quality transportation logistics and low costs, it is no wonder manufacturers succeed in Spokane Valley.

Low Costs

Spokane Valley’s advantage begins with its low taxes. The city does not impose a local Business & Occupation tax. It is also home to friendly worker’s compensation rates that keep costs low by basing the rates on hours worked rather than the wages paid.

Additionally, the Machinery and Equipment Sales & Use Tax Exemption is available to manufacturers performing manufacturing and R&D. Qualifying activities include the purchase of qualifying machinery and equipment used directly in a manufacturing operation or research and development performed by a manufacturer, or testing operations performed for a manufacturer.

Available Workforce, Customized Training Programs

Impact Washington provides programs and tools to make manufacturers more globally competitive. With a variety of consulting and training services, Impact Washington has a 20 year history of creating measurable impacts for manufacturers.

Impact Washington’s improvement model reduces lead times, improves efficiency, productivity, and quality by eliminating non-value-added activities. Gain knowledge in how to do more with less with Impact Washington’s Lean Training and certification programs.

For additional information on Impact Washington’s training and complete list of programs, visit https://impactwashington.org/manufacturing-solutions/lean-training/.

Wide-Ranging Infrastructure

The Spokane region is equipped with the transportation logistics to move products across the U.S. Conveniently located on I-90, Spokane Valley manufacturers can make easy use of this freight corridor to carry both international and domestic interstate and intrastate trade. Additionally, north-south routes provide access to Canada – only 110 miles to the north – as well as Mexico.

Class 1 railroads Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Sante Fe both ship nationally out of the Spokane Valley switching yard. On the direct Seattle to Chicago line for both railroads, Spokane Valley is the gateway to and from the interior U.S. and the Pacific Rim, with efficient east-west access and reciprocal switching capabilities matched by only a few regions nationwide.

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