Monday, September 23, 2013

Cramer appointed to be next Idaho Falls planning and building director

Brad Cramer
The Idaho Falls City Council has appointed Brad Cramer the city's planning and building director. The appointment will become effective Nov. 1, when Renee Magee retires.

Cramer has been with the city since 2006. A graduate of Hillcrest High School, he holds a bachelor's degree from Idaho State University in international studies and a master's from ISU in public administration.

Coming into the job, he said his top priorities will be updating some of the divisions codes and ordinances and making them more user friendly for the public, looking at ways to revitalize older neighborhoods and the central business district, and finding ways to continue to make Idaho Falls a premier place to live and do business. As the new Mayor and Council members come into office he will be working to understand their priorities and goals for the city, he said.

He and his wife, Michelle, have four children, two boys and two girls, ages 8, 6, 3 and 9 month.

Tacoma Screw Products pours foundation for store on North Yellowstone

Workers at the future site of Tacoma Screw Products on North Yellowstone in Idaho Falls.
Tacoma Screw Products, a 66-year-old company with 16 stores in the Pacific Northwest, is busy laying the foundation for its new Idaho Falls store, which will be about 10,000 square feet and similar to the company's stores in Boise and Twin Falls.

Company President John Wolfe said he knew very little about Idaho Falls before looking into the market out as a possible store location, but that he has been "impressed a lot by the upscale nature of development in the area."

Tacoma Screw Products' customer base includes retail, manufacturing, construction, transportation, aerospace, maritime, agricultural, food processing, recreational, institutional operations, and city, county, state, and federal governmental agencies. When customers need custom or special fasteners that are oversized, require special threading or bending, the company has a machine shop to fabricate them.

The company typically employs three or four people to work in a store and three or four people to handle outside sales.

Here's a link to a story about the company that ran last fall in the Tacoma News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/10/28/2347441/tacoma-screw-broadens-its-sales.html.

And here's the link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tacomascrew

Friday, September 20, 2013

Melaleuca V.P. Damond Watkins in hospital following plane crash Thursday near I.F.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Damond Watkins and his family. Watkins, 40, vice president of corporate relations at Melaleuca, suffered a broken back in a plane crash Thursday afternoon about one mile south of Idaho Falls Regional Airport.

Watkins' father, Dane Watkins Sr., told the Idaho Statesman that his son was scheduled for surgery at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls at 11 a.m. Friday. He said he was told the procedure was expected to last four or five hours.

Watkins is Melaleuca's representative to the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, and he was returning from an IACI meeting in Boise when the crash occurred. 

Smart PJ's selected by Wal-Mart as contest finalist

We've been following Juan Murdoch and his Smart PJ's since last December. The scannable pajamas for kids have been featured on "Today" and Good Morning America."

Thursday we learned they have been selected by Wal-Mart as a finalist in its "Get on the Shelf" contest.

I was at Walmart.com headquarters in San Francisco last week and got the opportunity to pitch Smart PJ's to Walmart's buyers on camera!" said Murdoch, a real estate agent for Keller Williams East Idaho who got his idea at a training session on QR tags. "What a cool experience! Now that I'm a finalist, I will be needing your votes to get Smart PJ's on Walmart's shelf! Voting will take place when my episode airs in a couple weeks. ... Stay tuned for the date and time!"

To vote for Smart PJ's, follow this link: https://getontheshelf.walmart.com/

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Grand Teton Brewing offers 100 percent Idaho ale

Grand Teton Brewing Co. has released its Ale 208 Session Ale, brewed with 100 percent Idaho-grown grain, hops and pure Idaho spring water. The package imagery is inspired by and pays tribute to Idaho’s agricultural heritage and diversity.

“As broad and far reaching as this state is, we are all still Idaho,” said Steve Furbacher the company's president, CEO and owner, in a press release.  “We at Grand Teton Brewing are proud of the product we produce. We strive to bring you some of the best beer you can find.”

Founded in 1988 by Charlie Otto as the first modern microbrewery in the state of Wyoming, Grand Teton Brewing Co. now calls Victor home. The company is housed in an 11,000 square-foot building that includes production and packaging facilities, walk-in cold storage and warm conditioning as well as a pub, which serves as both a tasting room and retail shop.

The brewery was bought by Steve and Ellen Furbacher in April 2009.  Since then, the Furbachers have made significant changes to the brewery – adding much needed brewing equipment, fixing the bottling line and growing local events.  Production has more than doubled, from 4,900 barrels to 10,000 barrels annually, and California has gone from a tiny share to Grand Teton Brewing’s largest market. Overall the brewery's beers are sold in California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The Grand Teton facility houses a 30-barrel brew house where all beers are brewed, along with 970 barrels of fermenting tanks in the cellar, allowing for both ale and lager production.  Grand Teton bottles and packages all beer in-house and recently upgraded its 1920s and 1950s labeler and filler for much newer equipment.