AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Kent, Wash. based Exotic Metals Forming Company has announced its building a 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility near the Spokane International Airport, a move that is expected to bring up to 150 new jobs to Spokane County.
Exotic Metals Vice President and CEO Doug Gines said Thursday his company, which employs 900 people right now took six years to finalize the deal.
"The skilled and motivated labor in the Airway Heights area and greater Spokane make it a great fit for us," Gines said.
The search for a new location went far and wide before landing at SIA.
"We actually extensively searched not only the United States but also outside of the United States and we feel that this fits our culture the best, the Spokane region. I think the workforce here is ready to go to work," Gines said.
Spokane County Commissioner Al French says Exotic Metals' decision to build in this area is another sign of continued growth for the aerospace industry in the Inland Northwest.
"We're taking advantage of this opportunity as a region," he said.
In fact, French said the rate of business growth in the last three years on the west plains, is greater than any period in the last three decades.
"The first thing we did is change some of the development regulations that allow for these kinds of projects to take place," French said.
French added cities and organizations are working together to improve job growth in the area, sending a message that's being received by companies like Exotic Metals.
"I think ultimately it was the business climate here, it was the infrastructure, the location, proximity to the airport," Gines said.
The facility is expected to be completed in about a year, with jobs starting in the summer of 2015.