An article about Boise State University partnering with a Taiwanese robotics company to create a robotics lab in the College of Engineering was in the Idaho Statesman. Steve Hatten, executive director of TechHelp, contributed to the article with his comments on manufacturing in Idaho.
“Manufacturing contributes about 13 percent of Idaho’s gross domestic product, with just 9 percent of the employees, meaning manufacturing jobs pay more than average,” said Hatten. “Manufacturing is down 25 percent nationally, but it’s relatively strong in Idaho,” particularly in computers and electronics and food processing, he said.
Boise State was chosen as the repository for the lab partly because of Idaho’s strong relationship with Taiwan created by Idaho companies such as Melaleuca and Micro. Taiwan is a market for Idaho agricultural products such as wheat and is Idaho’s third-largest trading partner.