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4th office building planned for TransWestern Plaza

4th office building planned for TransWestern Plaza

The owners of the TransWestern Plaza in downtown Billings say they are planning to build a fourth office building to meet growing demand.

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Profit potential: Is a franchise the right business model for you?

Profit potential: Is a franchise the right business model for you?

“Ribbit!” It’s the first sound one hears after opening the front door at Big Frog, a new business specializing in custom T-shirts, apparel and gifts. Big Frog’s amphibian-inspired doorbell and a décor that’s designed around a rain forest, aims to be fun.

August 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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KOA rolls out first nationwide TV campaign

KOA rolls out first nationwide TV campaign

Billings-based Kampgrounds of America has rolled out the first national television campaign in its 52-year history, hoping to capitalize on a rebound in the popularity of recreational vehicles.

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From the Editor: There are lots of opinions on states' top brands

Here’s something that Rand McNally probably never dreamed of putting into an atlas. The website MarketingPilgrim.com has drawn up a map of the United States that features the top brands in all 50 states: www.marketingpilgrim.com/2013/06/friday-fun-most-famous-brands-by-state.html.

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Have You Heard: Expanded parking space coming soon to McDonald's on Grand

The construction work going on at North 11th Street and Grand Avenue is to build an expanded parking lot for the neighboring McDonald’s restaurant. The site sits across from Tarantino’s Pizzeria and the Barber Shop.

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Have You Heard: Seattle developer building hotel on South Billings Boulevard

There’s another hotel brand coming to Billings on the northwest corner of Interstate 90 and South Billings Boulevard.

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RV motoring around China

RV motoring around China

Two weeks ago in China, a country with almost no commercial campgrounds and limited cross-country highways, Shane Ott of Billings opened a third Airstream RV dealership.

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Parking the living room: Redesigning campgrounds for monster RVs

With the big-boy RVs stretching nearly 50 feet, many pulling trailers full of toys, turning and parking in campgrounds can be a problem.

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RV sales rolling along with better economy

RV sales rolling along with better economy

Manufacturers of recreational vehicles, a made-in-America symbol of money and luxury, expect to sell 7.5 percent more RVs to dealers this year.

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40 Under Forty: Toby Hedges

40 Under Forty: Toby Hedges

Kampgrounds of America has enticed millions of Americans to gather around the campfire over the past 50 years. And Billings-based KOA has big plans in store as it heads into its second 50 years.

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KOA sees significant growth, national exposure during 2012

KOA sees significant growth, national exposure during 2012

Kampgrounds of America Inc. didn’t kick back and rest on its laurels as it marked its 50th birthday in 2012. The Billings-based company marked the milestone by adding 18 locations to its 489-campground system in North America.

February 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Kampgrounds' CEO featured on 'Undercover Boss'

Kampgrounds' CEO featured on 'Undercover Boss'

Jim Rogers, chief executive of Billings-based Kampgrounds of America Inc., will be featured Friday on "Undercover Boss," airing at 7 p.m. on CBS.

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Local executive takes on clandestine camping role for TV

Watch for a TV appearance by Jim Rogers, chief executive of Billings-based Kampgrounds of America Inc.

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KOA's history started with a good idea and a humble campground

Billings-based Kampgrounds of America was born during an era when cars sported fins, rock and roll was brand new and Americans were hitting the road in record numbers.

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KOA - Hittmeier

KOA - Hittmeier

Kampgrounds of America president Pat Hittmeier focuses on increasingly sophisticated franchise marketing and support services for the 484 franchise campgrounds, plus 26 company-owned KOAs. The Billings-born and -based company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer.

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Pat Hittmeier

Pat Hittmeier

Pat Hittmeier is the president of Kampgrounds of America or KOA, a multi-million dollars company based in Billings that is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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In 50 years, KOA has grown into the nation’s king of camping

In 50 years, KOA has grown into the nation’s king of camping

In days mostly past, a camper would walk into the wilderness, pitch a canvas pup tent and catch a string of trout for dinner.

August 19, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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Gallery: 50 years of KOA

Gallery: 50 years of KOA

Photos of the first Kampgrounds Of America camping site in Billings.

August 19, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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The future of KOA

Chinese-American billionaire philanthropist Oscar Tang, who bought and privatized Kampgrounds of America 32 years ago, said he has no plans to sell or move the company from Billings. “It’s a very professionally run company. Their values are very close to mine, so I haven’t had to micro-manag…

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UM grad forging career in photojournalism on his own

UM grad forging career in photojournalism on his own

Even after graduating from college, some young workers are finding it more satisfying to blaze their own trail than climb the traditional job ladder.

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