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Small, long-term businesses account for $18.2 million in wages, salaries in county

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Contributed / Kathyrn Tacke
The above chart shows where long-term, family owned businesses are located.

Contributed / Kathyrn Tacke The above chart shows where long-term, family owned businesses are located.

Did you know that small, long-term, family-owned businesses in Idaho County accounted for a total payroll of $18,213,254 in 2015? Additional private businesses added another $82,130,611. That’s out of a total $151,724,021 wages and salaries in 2015.

According to Kathryn Tacke, regional economist for the Idaho Department of Labor, Lewiston office, there are 61* long-term local businesses employing 534 people. The average pay per work at those businesses was $34,107 (annual) which is 3.1 percent higher than the $33,090 paid by all other private-sector employers.

Where are these long-term, family owned businesses located?

The Cottonwood/ Ferdinand/ Greencreek area has 18 (with 207 total jobs); Grangeville has 33 with 277 jobs. The Kooskia/Harpster/Stites area have four with 10 jobs; and Riggins/White Bird has six, for 40 jobs. That’s 61 employers providing 534 jobs.

Of those, five were started prior to 1945.

The oldest local family businesses (prior to 1960) include the Blue Fox Theater, Gem Builders Supply, Inc., Gortsema Motors, Hoene Hardware Co., Inland Title, Irwin Drug, Lindsley Home Furnishings, Pierson Enterprises, Prairie Land and Timber and Solberg Agency.

Industrial sectors include farming and logging (two employers); finance, insurance and real estate (eight); health care (three); information (three); leisure and hospitality (four); manufacturing (five); mining and construction (nine); personal services (one); professional (six); repair services (one); transportation (two); and wholesale/retail (17).

Among the larger long-term family-owned businesses in the county are Asker’s Harvest Foods, Baker Truck Service, Eagle Newspapers (Idaho County Free Press), Pacific Cabinets, Seubert Excavators and J.C. Uhling Products (Militec).

*Disclaimer: As there are not data sets about business ownership in families, Tacke had to approximate them. She used data files of employers that had employees for 20 or more years that were in business both in 1995 and 2015.


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