Innovative materials developed right here in Spokane Valley
With the rising demand for environmentally-friendly wood products, the City of Spokane Valley is uniquely positioned as a hub for this eco-friendly industry. With the Composite Materials and Engineering Center at Washington State University, major innovations in this sector are happening right here. Researchers at the school are working on a new type of housing material that uses heat-treated wood and recycled carbon fiber used in Boeing airplanes, which are manufactured here in Washington state.
Businesses in this sector have taken notice. California-based Katerra, a manufacturer of engineered building materials, opened a facility in Spokane Valley in 2019 that produces cross-laminated timber (CLT), a sustainable material used in the construction of commercial and multi-residential applications. And north of Spokane Valley in Colville, Wash., Vaagen Timbers recently opened a similar plant, also making CLT and glulam beams.
Spokane County is home to the largest labor market in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Eighteen universities and colleges have a presence in the area, and nearly 90,000 students study within an 80-mile radius. When combined with local job skills and apprenticeship programs, these resources make building a highly skilled employee team fast and simple.
In addition to local graduates, Fairchild Air Force Base provides a working pool of retired military and military spouses. The largest jobholder group is 25 to 34 years old.
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