Lab’s SMC employees receive ‘Spirit of Idaho’ award

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, on Wednesday presented his Spirit of Idaho Award to the 200 employees at Idaho National Laboratory’s Specific Manufacturing Capability (SMC) project.

The employees’ “above and beyond efforts to serve others,” were cited in a Crapo news release as the reasons for the honor.

“Protecting and assisting Idaho’s soldiers in combat, and supporting those veterans who have separated from service takes top priority” for the group, the release said.

The SMC project protects soldiers with advanced armor solutions, the release said. The project has manufactured more than a million components alone for the U.S. Army’s Abrams main battle tank, the release said.

During a presentation at SMC’s facilities on the INL site, Crapo noted that the SMC program includes expertise from armor researchers to technicians working together to provide enhanced protection on the battlefield and support at home, the release said.

The Spirit of Idaho Award was presented because SMC employees also work in their off-hours, reaching out to the veterans’ community and giving back to military members for their service to Idaho and the nation, the release said.

“We often talk about Idaho’s great mountains, recreation, water and landscapes, but it is her people that make Idaho so wonderful and your work to protect our troops overseas and your efforts to serve and care for active duty families in our community is an example for all of us,” Crapo said in the release. “It will be my honor to tell my colleagues in Washington about folks like you who just want to help others.”

This past year, SMC’s employees raised nearly $8,000 to provide Christmas for soldiers’ families and those living in the State Veterans Home, the release said. The employees also support a special holiday presentation at the Veteran’s retirement home and briefly spent time with the soldiers and families from the Idaho National Guard.

“Many of our employees have a tie to the armed forces in some way, either having served themselves or having friends or family in the military,” said SMC Defense Systems Director Jake Fryer in the release. “This has provided the inspiration for a number of community projects during the year.”

“… Everyone has a cause to support, and at the Specific Manufacturing Facility, we support American soldiers,” Fryer said.

Springhill Suites by Marriott

opens in Idaho Falls

SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Idaho Falls, a 124-suite hotel, located at 665 Riverwalk Drive, is now open.

The hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Woodbury Corporation, a full-service real estate management and development company based out of Salt Lake City, a Woodbury news release said.

The property has two meeting rooms with more than 1,170 square feet of space to accommodate gatherings of up to 40 people, with catering available if needed. It also will offer business services, complimentary Wi-Fi, same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities, an indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, an outdoor patio area with a fire pit and a fitness center.

For information or reservations, visit

IACI Legislative Review

and Reception set Sept. 20

The Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry and the the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce will host a Legislative Review and Reception from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at Home2 Suites by Hilton, 1160 Whitewater Drive.

RSVP by Sept. 13 by calling 208-343-1849

Leadership Idaho Falls

applications being accepted

The Leadership Idaho Falls class, presented by the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, is accepting applications.

The class gives participants “valuable information on the inner-workings of the greater Idaho Falls community,” a Chamber news release said. The class is a nine-month program that meets the second Wednesday of each month October through June. It provides a forum for participants to engage in the following activities:

• Site visits from behind-the-scenes perspectives on key businesses, organizations and programs.

• Networking with community leaders and business people to understand key issues in the community.

• Working as a team to research, plan and execute community service projects.

Participants are “prepared to become more involved in addressing the challenges and issues in our community and the role they can play in ensuring the current and future success” of the region, the release said.

The cost is $550 for chamber members, $650 for non-chamber members

For information or to register, visit

Visitor Information Center

ribbon cutting set

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Eastern Idaho Visitor Information Center at 355 River Parkway will hold a ribbon cutting and open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20.

Rexburg Area Chamber

of Commerce forum is Sept. 13

Caitlin Croft, of the Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, will be the featured speaker at the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce Forum on Sept. 13.

The event starts at noon at the Chamber offices, 167 W. Main St., Suite 2, in Rexburg. RSVP by calling 208-356-5700 or emailing Lunch is $7.

Rexburg Business after Hours is Sept. 21

The Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Porter’s Office Products, 1050 N. 2nd East, Rexburg.

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