Company Hopes to Advance Fertilizer Processing to Keep Pace with Technology


Last week Yellowstone County officials were asked to abandon an undeveloped public road right- of -way to make way for the expansion of a Billings area business.
Town and Country Supply Association, a cooperative that serves area agriculture producers, has been searching for a location to expand its fertilizer facilities for a number of years, according to general manager, Wes Burley. The expansion would involve the building of a rail spur where they can custom blend large orders for fertilizer.

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New Exxon Manager


Chris Jessup was recently named manager at the ExxonMobil Billings refinery. He replaces Monica Mainland, who will be transferring to Illinois, where she will become the manager at the ExxonMobil Joliet refinery.

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Montana Startup Environment Ranks 30th


Last week, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) published the “Small Business Tax Index 2016: Best to Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship and Small Business.” The 6th annual study ranks the 50 states according to the costs of their tax systems for entrepreneurship and small business.

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Big Timber Center Makes Agreement with Billings Clinic


Pioneer Medical Center (PMC) located in Big Timber and Billings Clinic have signed a formal agreement to structure a new governance arrangement between the two organizations. Pioneer Medical Center has been an affiliate of Billings Clinic since 1997 and Billings Clinic will continue to provide management services for Pioneer Medical Center and employ the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as well as some of the medical staff.

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Segway Business Offers Unique Tours


The first time he ever saw a Segway was at Disneyland 16 years ago.
“I never thought much about it,” said Spencer Stone. But a few years ago he went on a tour, riding a Segway in San Antonio, “and I just fell in love with it,” Stone continues, about a relatively new mode of transportation that is the object of a business he launched a couple of years ago. Stone became Montana’s only authorized dealer of an electric-powered vehicle that looks like a scooter on two big wheels and is powered by a large electric battery.

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Stillwater Mine Reports on 1st Quarter


Stillwater Mining Company reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, which included a net loss to stockholders of $9.9 million, ($0.08 per share) which the company said is attributable to a 29.7 percent decrease in the price of palladium and platinum. The declined from $871 per mined ounce, in the 2015 first quarter, to $612 this year.
The company’s mined palladium and platinum production of 237,300 ounces, was an increase of three percent from the 133,300 ounces mined in the first quarter 2015. The costs in mining were reduced by 19.7 percent, from $613 per mined ounce to $763, for the first quarter of 2015.

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