Inside the Patch by Dennis Blank, Editor Oil Patch Hotline


We find it interesting with all the known evidence to the contrary, that people are still able to muster and get out protests over hydraulic fracturing. The last was in Colorado, again – where they used a Bureau of Land Management public oil and gas lease auction to promote their “Keep it in the Ground” movement. These groups use such buzz words as “an invasion by gas and oil companies buying up public lands for a song…” The real truth is these BLM auctions have been going on for years and we knew companies pay and arm and a leg for the leases. There is no invasion…

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Caterpillar to Help Market GTUIT Gas Systems


Caterpillar Oil & Gas announced that it has signed a worldwide marketing agreement with GTUIT, a manufacturer of field natural gas treatment systems, based in Billings. Caterpillar will assist GTUIT with entering into marketing agreements with targeted Caterpillar Dealers worldwide to sell, market and service GTUIT products.
GTUIT and Caterpillar have already initiated the process of working together by establishing direct contact with Caterpillar Dealers in the Middle East, Europe, Latin, South and North America. Follow up visits will be made in the coming months.

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Economic Update


The theme of the Montana Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Economic Update Series is “The Competition for Talent.” The annual program, offered by “Montana University (a subsidiary of the Montana Chamber Foundation), kicks off Thursday, July 28 in Kalispell and ends Thursday, August 11 in Missoula with five other stops in between.
The seminar will be presented in Billings on Tuesday, August 9 at the Crowne Plaza at 7 a.m.

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Natural Gas for Future Energy Not Acceptable for Activists

Is a new power plant fired by natural gas in Northwestern Energy’s future in Montana?
A very preliminary plan, which the utility is required to develop every two years, projects a natural gas fired plant, producing up to 250 megawatts, as a possible solution to fulfilling the company’s energy needs. The 2015 Electricity Supply Resource Procurement Plan, which was submitted in March to the Montana Public Service Commission, reviews potential sites, with a couple of the proposals located near Billings and other prospective sites near Great Falls and Butte.

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Manufacture of Year


Plastic Design & Manufacturing (PDM) was recognized by the Montana Manufacturing Association as Manufacturer of the Year. Founded in 1998 as a consulting and off-shore tooling company, PDM offers custom molding, tooling trials and assembly services to the hardware, outdoor/sporting goods and communications industries.

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Simms Fishing Products Wins Presidents “E” Award for Export Excellence - First Montana firm ever to receive “E” Award

Simms Fishing Products, a Bozeman-based manufacturer of high end fishing equipment, accessories and apparel, was one of 123 nationwide companies and organizations to receive the President’s “E” Award for exporting excellence during a May 16 ceremony in Washington, D.C. This is the first time a Montana-based firm has received the award.

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CTA Adds Three Associate Principals to Ownership Group


CTA Architects Engineers has announced three additions to its Associate Principal ownership group – Joel Anderson and Shannon Christensen of CTA Billings [MT], and Corey Johnson of CTA Boise [ID].  With a BArch from the Illinois Institute of Technology, design architect and CTA Billings’ Design Director Joel H. Anderson, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, joined CTA in 2004.

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Market Update

1 DOW 20,656.58
-4.72 (-0.02%)    
2 S&P 2,345.96
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3 NASDAQ 5,817.69
-3.95 (-0.07%)    
4 MDU 27.10
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5 SWC 17.41
+0.08 (0.46%)    
6 EBMT 20.15
+0.25 (1.26%)    
7 FIBK 38.85
+0.30 (0.78%)    
8 GBCI 32.71
+0.12 (0.37%)