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Movers & Shakers November 30, 2010

| November 30, 2010 8:00 PM

Lind joins Kootenai Prosthetics and Orthotics staff

Andy Lind has joined Kootenai Prosthetics and Orthotics in Coeur d'Alene as a clinical prosthetic specialist.

Andy has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Illinois and graduated from California State University's prosthetic program in 2005.

He worked for Hanger Orthopedics, in Seattle, for five years before joining KPO.

As a below knee amputee, Andy has a unique perspective and understanding of the challenges faced by amputees. He sees patients in KPO's Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint offices. Kootenai Prosthetics and Orthotics are at 1321 Northwood Center Court, Coeur d'Alene, and 1309 Ponderosa Drive, Sandpoint, has served patients in the Inland Northwest since 1980.

Burger joins Kootenai Prosthetics and Orthotics staff

Kootenai Prosthetics and Orthotics also has hired Joan Burger as a certified mastectomy fitter.

Joan worked as a certified surgical technologist for 16 years and has owned and operated a massage therapy practice in Spokane since 1990. She sees patients in KPO's Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint offices.

Idaho global exports

up 19 percent

Global exports of Idaho products are up nearly 19 percent from this same quarter in 2009, keeping pace with national growth. Idaho June to September exports were valued at $1.3 billion, the Idaho Department of Commerce announced.

The year-to-date total is $3.83 billion for Idaho exports. This is near the record levels of 2008, and is an increase of $1.1 billion compared to 2009.

"The positive growth in global exports is great news for Idaho's continuing economic recovery," said Don Dietrich, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce. "While unemployment is still much higher than we would like, growth in exports are a positive sign that job creation will follow."

The top Idaho export category continues to be semiconductors, but exports of aircraft, office machinery, vegetables and seeds, precious metals, and paper products remained strong. Wood products and transportation industries are notably up from 2009.

The category of high tech made up more than half of the exports, with $706 million. Transportation equipment was the next category with nearly $188 million, followed by food and agriculture with nearly $137 million.

The top export destinations for Idaho goods held steady during the third quarter of 2010: with Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Korea. Idaho companies export products to more than 115 countries.

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