Dave Bedford, 61, Boise, has been driving garbage trucks for 36 years. He was recently recognized as the 2016 Driver of the Year, the top driver in the nation by the National Waste and Recycling Association for his overall service and safety. "... to be honored in such a national sense, I was little bit overwhelmed by it all," Bedford said while making his rounds for Republic Services of Boise last week. "Trying to help the customer out is the biggest part of it," he said. Bedford drives an average of 600 miles each week serving about 35 industrial customers and collecting more than 250 tons of waste.
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It may have been Bow Wow Auto Parts' last day open on June 3, but inside it was business as usual. Longtime customers and employees alike said the shop's closing for owner Pat Thornton's retirement is the end of an era. It had been open for 45 years.
Experts in the tech startup world often talk about focusing on tactics that "scale," meaning avoiding spending time on one-off work. But ConvertKit founder Nathan Barry said non-scalable work, such as cold-calling potential clients, was critical for his startup's early growth.
Fresca Mexican Foods makes millions of tortillas each day that wind up in restaurants, campuses and wholesale destinations around the country. The company will double its capacity when it moves from Boise to a bigger plant under construction in Caldwell.
Adam Roe Painting, also known as ARP, has created a 'safety culture' in the company. Risa Roe is the safety chief at the painting company, which provides harnesses and other equipment to its painters and trains them frequently to be safe on the job.
Residential construction crews in January who built townhomes on Hill Road and Idaho Street in Boise went without harnesses, lifelines and other safety equipment. The Statesman asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's local director to watch video footage of the workers on the job and explain what he saw.
Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell are Type A personalities, stars of an upcoming pilot episode called "Boise Boys" that follows their home remodel company, Timber and Love. They're just moving into their new headquarters at Fairview Avenue and South Whitewater Park Blvd.
People driving through Garden City's warehouse district to see the high river are causing problems, says Donna Saleen, property manager at Riverview Business Park. Jack's Metal Works is preparing for flooding, while Cascade River Sports' sales are increasing because boaters are hitting Idaho rivers early this year.
Mike Welch, owner of Play It Again Sports, says months of construction at the intersection of Cole Road and Fairview Avenue in Boise have reduced visits to his store. But he thinks the work will pay off.