Thursday, January 18, 2018

Stephens joins Bank of Idaho board

Denise Stephens
Denise Stephens, retired chief information officer and director of information management for Idaho National Laboratory, has joined the board of directors for Bank of Idaho and the Bank of Idaho Holding Co.

Stephens also is a former member of the Department of Energy Cyber Council.

“Denise brings to the table over 20 years of experience as an information technology and cyber security leader,” said Jeff Newgard, CEO and president of Bank of Idaho, in a news release. “In this day of advanced technology and increased cyber threats, it is a great benefit to the Bank of Idaho to have Denise on the board to lend her expertise.”

Stephens is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a Master of Business Administration. In 2017 she was named one of the Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year for her efforts and dedication to INL.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Meal prep service opens in Ammon, Rexburg

Citrus Pear, a a meal preparation company based in Smithfield, Utah, has opened in the Ammon and Rexburg Broulim’s stores, offering weekly classes to help people make  10 to 40 simple crock pot and pressure cooker meals in two hours.

Around 10 to 15 people participate in each class, which are guided by a registered dietitian who monitors issues such as food allergies. Private classes also are available.

To sign up for a class or to create a private class, visit First classes in Ammon begin Feb. 6. The following dishes will be: 3 Bean Turkey Chili, Balsamic Chicken, Beef with Broccoli, Breakfast for Dinner, Cashew Chicken, Chicken Fajitas, Fresh Mexican Soup, Penne & Turkey Sausage, Sweet Pork, and Vegetable Beef Stew.

Registration is first-come-first-served. Each location offers approximately two to three classes per week. Prices: $185 for 10 meals feeding six to eight people; $195 for 20 meals feeding three to four people; $320 for 20 meals that feed six to eight people; and $332 for 40 meals that feed three to four people.

Participants need to bring a large container, such as a laundry basked or cooler with wheels (recommended), in which to place their dinners once they’re prepared. They are also advised to wear their hair back (the website makes no mention of hairnets, but there is a non-fashion reason they are used in institutional food service settings.)

Work spaces at the classes are equipped with cooking utensils, but participants are welcome to bring their own. Meal prep and clean-up are taken care of by the staff.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Felton promoted to Melaleuca's president of international operations

Jerry Felton
Melaleuca Senior Vice President of International Jerry Felton has been promoted to president of Melaleuca International. In this role, he will oversee all of Melaleuca’s international operations in the 16 countries where the company does business.

Felton has been with Melaleuca for nine years, starting as senior vice president of sales for three-and-a-half years before becoming senior vice president of international. In the last five years under Felton’s leadership Melaleuca’s international operations have tripled in size, and in the last three years international operations have grown by over $800 million in annual sales.

“Jerry has been a skillful administrator in leading Melaleuca’s operations both domestically and internationally,” said Melaleuca President and CEO Frank VanderSloot. “He is extremely well prepared to take on this role. Our 16 international companies are in good hands.”

Prior to Melaleuca, Felton spent 17 years at United Parcel Service, where he was the company’s Vice President of Global Accounts.

Based in Idaho Falls, Melaleuca manufactures and markets more than 450 natural health and wellness products, which are marketed through a unique systems of personal representatives. Started in 1985, the company recently announced it reached $2 billion in sales.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Idaho Falls's first building permit of '18: Shoe Dept. store remodel planned

This is Bizmojo Idaho's "first baby" story: The city of Idaho Falls has its first commercial permit application of 2018. I wish it was something more exciting, e.g. Dutch Bros. Coffee, it is instead a humble remodel of the Shoe Dept. Encore store in Grand Teton Mall.

According to the permit application, the space is 10,157 square feet and the project valuation (based on square footage) is $267,315. The store is located on the mall’s south side, directly across from The Buckle.

The store is owned by Shoe Show, Inc., a company founded in 1960 in Kannapolis, N.C. According to the company’s web site, it has 1,137 locations in 45 states, doing business as Shoe Show, Shoe Dept. and Burlington Shoes.

The permit application was filed Thursday with the Idaho Falls Building Department.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Correction, clarification on Monday's hospital story

The headline on Monday’s story about a new 88-bed hospital on Coronado Street was in error. The $65 million facility will not be an expansion of Mountain View Hospital but a new hospital to be called Idaho Falls Community Hospital. The Birmingham, Ala., company mentioned in the story owns the real estate, not the business. Mountain View Hospital is jointly owned by a group of eastern Idaho physicians and a company out of Nashville, Tenn., called Surgery Partners LLC.

As a footnote, Idaho Falls Community Hospital is an interesting choice for a name, since that was what Idaho Falls’ Sacred Heart Hospital on South Boulevard was renamed in the 1969. It later became Parkview Hospital, when Intermountain Health Care and Idaho Falls Community Hospital formed Idaho Falls Consolidated Hospitals. After Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center came into being in the mid-1980s, the 1941 landmark across from Tautphaus Park, built by the Franciscan Order of Perpetual Adoration, was torn down and proceeds from the sale of the land were used to form the basis of the CHC Foundation. The land on which a new Idaho Falls Community Hospital had been planned at one time was donated to the city of Idaho Falls and developed into Community Park.

Monday, December 18, 2017

New $65 million, 88-bed Idaho Falls Community Hospital to be built

A screenshot of the permit set's cover page.
Idaho Falls will see major work at Mountain View Hospital in 2018. The owner of the property, MPT Hospital LLC of Birmingham, Ala., has filed a permit with the city of Idaho Falls Building Department for a $65 million, 88-bed wing on the building's east end.

According to the specifications accompanying the permit, work will involve demolition of the existing Rosemark clinic attached to the hospital’s east end. In its place, there will be a new, three-story structure, plus basement and penthouse. The name of the hospital will be Idaho Falls Community Hospital, and will be a separate entity from Mountain View. The latter will see some remodeling in the lab, and a new lobby will be added to the front of the existing hospital, attached to both the existing and new hospital.

Site work is to include utilities, grading and rework, including an outdoor sunken dining area, an ambulance drop-off and a helipad. The hospital will require fully independent structural steel, HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. The plan calls for the existing hospital to remain open, with minimal interference.

The general contractor for the project is Layton Construction of Sandy, Utah, and the architect is Architectural Nexus, a Salt Lake City company.

Friday, December 15, 2017

INL carbon capture technology gets attention from Clean Technica

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory have developed an efficient process for turning captured carbon dioxide into syngas, a material that can be used to make fuels and chemicals.
Capturing and sequestering carbon from industrial processes has been a daunting proposition, but Idaho National Laboratory researchers in the Energy Environment Science & Technology directorate have come up with a new carbon capture system that could provide a path forward.

Here's a link to a story posted today in Clean Technica, a leading cleantech news and analysis website, about research into clean energy being done at INL: The Long, Slow Death Of Carbon Capture & Sequestration (Hello, Carbon Recycling!)

The scientific paper, principally written by INL chemical engineer Luis Diaz-Aldana -- Electrochemical production of syngas from CO2 captured in switchable polarity solvents -- has just been published in Royal Society of Chemistry’s Green Chemistry journal.