Standing United with Colstrip

During a tour of campaign stops and press conferences in the Billings area, a couple weeks ago, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte focused on energy issues and the potential impact of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). He urged everyone to “stand united” with Colstrip as its future is threatened with the implementation of the CPP.

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MSU Buys Locally Grown Food

Those breakfast potatoes Montana State University students devour on campus, they’re made with potatoes from Whitehall and fried in safflower oil from Big Sandy. Those fancy coffee drinks — brewed with beans roasted in Whitefish. The dough for Miller Dining Hall’s hand-thrown pizzas (up to 600 in a day), is made from Montana-sourced wheat.
“And as you can imagine, that’s a lot of dough,” said MSU Executive Chef Martin Lewis.

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Yose Named as VP and Chief Credit Officer

First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. announced the appointment of Stephen W. Yose as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. Yose has more than 30 years of banking experience, primarily as a credit executive and officer for KeyCorp, where he has worked since 1989. He most recently served as Executive Vice President, Credit Executive for KeyBank NA in Seattle, Washington.

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Hoping for the Best in Hardin



Among Montana businesses that hang in the balance depending on the outcome of the legal issues and implementation of the Clean Power Plan is the Hardin Generating Station.
Located near Hardin, the core of Big Horn County, the plant is the state’s cleanest coal-fired plant, generating 119 megawatts of electricity, under the management of Colorado Energy, LLC.

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Energy Issues Top Agenda of Montana Energy Summit

A virtual who’s who of Montana industry will be speakers at the Montana Energy 2016 summit to be held in Billings on March 29-31.
The Montana Chamber Foundation is teaming up with U.S. Senator Steve Daines to host Montana Energy 2016, which is being co-sponsored by the Montana Contractors’ Association, the Montana Coal Council, the Montana Petroleum Association, and KLJ.

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Global Bolting Serves Diversified Basic Industries

Like Billings, it’s a good thing that Global Bolting Technologies, Inc., is diversified.
With clients coming from a wide range of industries in the region, the Billings-based business continues to grow and improve upon sales, year over year, even though one of their strongest markets – the oil and gas industry – has suffered declines over the past two or three years. “We still get a lot of business from clients in the Bakken,” says owner Tim Hert, “but we have definitely seen the impact.”

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Collaborative Design Partner Receives Grand Prize


Montana State University College of Arts and Architecture graduate Brian Johnson, a principal partner at Collaborative Design Architects in Billings, where he currently resides, recently won the grand prize in the Monogram Dream Kitchen Design Contest for his renovation redesign of a mid-1960s contemporary kitchen.

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BNSF Plans $180 million Investment in State


BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) announced that its 2016 capital expenditure program in Montana will be about $180 million. This year’s plan in Montana is focused on maintenance projects that help ensure a safe and reliable network and reflects the success BNSF has had in adding capacity in prior years to support customer demand.

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Taylor Brown: Taking an Up-beat Look at Montana Agriculture

Noted as an important voice of agriculture in Montana, Taylor Brown, owner of KGHL Radio and Northern Broadcasting System, reported that he came away from the MATE Show in Billings, with “a lot of confidence” about the “health of Montana’s #1 Industry.”

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