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SEL breaks ground in Moscow

With Idaho Gov. Brad Little in attendance, officials from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories celebrate the start of construction on new plant

Idaho’s governor was on hand Wednesday to help break ground for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories’ 140,000-square-foot printed circuit board factory in Moscow, welcoming one of the few new plants of its kind to be built in the United States in the last decade. The expansion will allow SEL to make its own printed circuit boards instead of obtaining them from U.S. suppliers. The facility is expected to have about 60 employees when it’s fully operational in a few years and supply SEL operations in Pullman and Lewiston that together have a staff of more than 3,000.

They design, invent and make digital products that protect power grids around the world.

It will also give more people who grew up on the Palouse the opportunity to reside near their families after they finish educations at University of Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College or North Idaho College, said Idaho Gov. Brad Little. “For a great company like this to choose, just like our kids, to be here ... means we’re doing the right thing,” Little said at the groundbreaking attended by SEL executives and area elected officials.

“We absolutely have to continue on this trajectory,” he said.

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