Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing Inc. in North Dakota has been named as a member of an aerospace industry advocacy group that is being organized by Boeing Co. KMM, a Tier 1 manufacturing company, is the only U.S. small business that has been invited to be part of the group of aerospace industry suppliers. The committee has 13 members, including representatives from GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney.

The Fairview School is hoping voters will approve a $3.5 million bond that would build a facility to connect the school’s two buildings and add a practice gym. The mail bail election for the bond will take place on Feb. 22. The project would demolish the old gymnasium and administration office and add a practice gym, offices, lobby, concessions area, locker rooms for the new practice gym and an enclosed hallway to connect the two buildings.

A 20-year partnership between Montana State University and members of the Crow Nation recently received a grant to improve chronic illness management. The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund the Báa nnilah Project, which is a collaboration between MSU and the nonprofit Messengers for Health in Crow Agency. The project will work with members of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation in southeast Montana.

Allegra Marketing Print Mail of Helena, owned by Kyle and Jonette Spencer, has purchased another Helena business, Montana Marketing Inc. It will operate as Allegra as a printing, promotion and marketing business.

A Missoula business, Everest Designs, reports that it will directly benefit from one of President Barack Obama’s proclamations. To allow trade goods from Nepal to enter the US duty free, will lower the cost of products imported from there by Everest Designs, which distributes them to national markets. The ten-year preference for Nepal was imposed by the President as part of an effort to assist that country’s recovery from a devastating earthquake that killed 7,000 people and destroyed 500,000 homes.

One of Helena’s oldest and most famous businesses, Parrot Confectionery, has acquired new ownership. In business since 1922, the business has been sold by Brian Ackerman to Jonny Plichta. Located in the downtown walking mall, the business is a rare homemade candy-making business. It is famous for milkshakes, homemade soda flavors, sundaes and its famous chili. The new owner plans no significant changes.

The Helena Regional Airport Authority is exploring options regarding the operation of its airport restaurant. Existing restaurant operator, Angela Blixt, owner of Captain Jack’s Restaurant, was granted only a temporary extension of her lease, while the Authority considers its future direction.

Good Stuff Botanicals is the homegrown business in Creston, Montana of Michael and Maranda Johnson. The business is one of manufacturing botanicals including their most successful product “Gypsy Cream,” which they now distribute to 70 stores across the country, including the organic Huckleberry’s section of 16 Rosauers grocery stores. The growth of the business is reflected in that a production line that once put out 12 bottles of cream at a time now makes 12 cases of 24 bottles a week. See more at www.t hegood stuffbotanicals. com.

As coal mining companies emerge from bankruptcy free of debt, as natural gas prices begin to rise, and as a new federal energy agenda unfolds, the coal industry is expected to rebound in 2017. The turnaround may have begun in the third-quarter 2016 , when some companies doubled production. 2016 coal production still fell short of 2015 in which coal companies had almost 100 million tons of production.

Having closed their three restaurants in Missoula in 2007, 4B’s has reopened a restaurant in the former Finnegan’s Family Restaurant location over a creek in Missoula. Missoula is the original home of what was a famous chain of restaurants a generation ago. The Hainline family – Bill and his wife, Buddy, and children Bill and Barbara, started the business in 1947. The company also re-opened a 4B’s location in Billings during the past year.

The Great Falls Hampton Inn by Hilton in Great Falls is undergoing a $3 million renovation, including guest rooms, meeting areas and pool. The 97-room hotel at 2301 14th St. S.W. opened in 2003 and is owned and managed by Erck Hotels.

Owners of a historic bar in Anaconda, which was destroyed by fire in October, are rebuilding. Stephanie, Thomas, Vatore, and John Hekkle are rebuilding the Club Moderne and hope to reopen by St. Patrick’s Day. On the National Register of Historic Places the landmark business first opened in the 1930s.

Great Falls and Helena airports will be receiving full-body scanners from the Transportation Security Administration, in accordance with the agencies prioritization schedule.

Gas Natural Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, a holding company operating local natural gas utilities serving approximately 68,600 customers in four states, including Montana, announced that shareholders approved a merger with FR Bison Merger Sub, Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of First Reserve Energy Infrastructure Fund II, L.P , a global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy. The Company’s Montana public utility, Energy West Incorporated, was originally incorporated in 1909.

Custer County Commissioners have launched a feasibility study to remodel the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Miles City, if they get an extension from the VA in regard to a decision about whether the county will take ownership of the 170,000 square foot former VA Medical Center. Opened in 1951, the hospital closed in 1997, maintaining only a rest home and clinic. Randy Hafer of High Plains Architects in Billings and Rhyno Stinchfield of the Sustainable Energy Funding Program have presented a proposal to the commissioners about how to redevelop the complex with minimal cost to the county. Joining the proposed planning is a Missoula-based organization that uses sustainable methods to provide safe, healthy affordable housing. Others demonstrating interest in the project Sustaining Energy Funding Program, Southeastern Montana Development Corporation; U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s office; and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

The Montana Chamber of Commerce reports as an example for their Envision 2026 goals to improve Montana infrastructure, the need to repair two interchange bridges for Interstate 15-90 in Butte. When the serious structural problems were discovered state transportation officials scrambled to reroute semis and get immediate repair work under way. The “emergency” fix that started in September lasted into December, traffic was rerouted onto detour ramps for weeks, and the taxpayer tab for the repairs will be about $3 million.”

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