Published: August 29, 2023 | Updated: August 24, 2023

Made in North Idaho

Maureen Dolan

Maureen Dolan

In North Idaho, manufacturing plays a crucial role in driving economic growth and providing jobs for the community. From machine shops to food processing plants, the region boasts a diverse range of manufacturing businesses that have made major impacts in recent years.

One shining example you’ll read about in this issue is Hoffman Boots, a Silver Valley company that specializes in expert craftsmanship of high-quality work boots. The 50-year-old company’s commitment to quality and to meeting consumers’ needs has earned Hoffman Boots a stellar reputation, attracting customers from across the country.

You will also read about other products and intermediate goods originating right here in North Idaho.

There is more to manufacturing though, than producing physical items.

The industry is reliant on the supply chain: a linked network of retailers, distributors, storage facilities, materials providers and other suppliers that participate in the production, sale and delivery of a product. Each step in the process requires skilled workers, specialized machinery and a keen eye for quality control.

Manufacturing is also about the exponential effect it has on a community.

Bustling factories and the sound of machinery symbolize progress. When manufacturing businesses thrive, they generate employment opportunities, improve infrastructure and contribute to the overall economic development of a region.

In this issue, you’ll learn about the impact of manufacturing on some of North Idaho’s local economies.

Thank you for joining us as we celebrate this important industry in our beautiful region.