Engineering firm slows its Idaho expansion

LEWISTON TRIBUNEDecember 3, 2013 

Facing an uncertain business climate, Schweitzer hasn’t scheduled a date to occupy its 140,000-square-foot building.

“We slowed our growth forecast by a couple of percentage points to reflect the uncertainty in the economy, and that has a bit of an impact on our timing,” company founder Edmund O. Schweitzer III says.

The building is about 85 percent complete. SEL expects it will be ready in June 2014 instead of May 2013, spokeswoman Tammy Lewis says.

Schweitzer makes high-tech equipment for controlling power systems. It has about 220 employees working in Lewiston. They work in an adjacent 109,000-square-foot building that opened in 2012 in the Port of Lewiston’s Business and Technology Park.

Lewis says utilities are slowing design of expensive infrastructure upgrades, not knowing what will happen with numerous rules such as those governing cybersecurity and greenhouse gas emissions.

“When they don’t know what regulatory changes are coming, they hesitate to do anything,” she says.

ewilliams@lmtribune.com, (208) 848-2261

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