Chamber members get INL update

Kelly Stombaugh of Pocatello, who now works for the Girl Scouts, was a victim of a layoff at the Idaho National Laboratory years ago.
"I was excited to hear they are hiring again," Stombaugh said after hearing Amy Lientz, a communications specialist at the INL, during Wednesday's Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Lientz gave an update of happenings at "the site" and related facilities.
"There are a lot of exciting activities going on, Lientz said. After a year of economic struggles in 2013, the INL has 200 openings. It currently has 4,000 employees. And that doesn't count the 2,000 who work for the contractors involved in cleanup activities.
Lientz pointed out that the INL and its contractors do $1 billion in business with companies throughout Eastern Idaho among the beneficiaries.
INL's mission is four-fold with research and development in energy, environment, national security and homeland security.
"Those (last) two things are growing like crazy," Lientz said.
"We do what businesses and universities can't do, don't do or shouldn't do," Lientz said.
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