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Rig mats are used beneath a drilling rig

Rig mats are used beneath a drilling rig

Rig mats are used beneath a drilling rig to protect equipment from the elements and ease moving equipment.

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Employees weld and grind steel

Employees weld and grind steel

Rig Mats of America employees weld and grind steel frames that are part of the company's innovative rig mats.

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Employees weld steel frames on mats

Employees weld steel frames on mats

Rig Mats of America employees weld steel frames on mats in production at the company's facility on Cerise Road in Billings.

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Yellowstone County economy primed for more energy growth

Yellowstone County economy primed for more energy growth

The Bakken oil boom and skyrocketing farm commodity prices kept the Billings economy chugging through the recession, and still economic developers believe its train has yet to come in.

December 22, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Missoula will see stable, subtle growth

Missoula will see stable, subtle growth

MISSOULA – Missoulians can expect more of the same when it comes to the 2014 economy, subtle growth.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Bay Limited is shipping modules they manufacture

Bay Limited is shipping modules they manufacture

Last year, Bay Ltd.’s Billings operation fabricated 29 steel modules that were loaded on flatbed trailers and hauled to Canada for use in the tar sands development. The company has received a contract to fabricate another 89 modules in Billings.

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Red Ants Pants

Red Ants Pants

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A new direction at Dana Motors: Dealership's focus is late-model European, Japanese luxury cars

A new direction at Dana Motors: Dealership's focus is late-model European, Japanese luxury cars

It didn’t take Del McCormick long to realize that he would have to change gears and alter his business plan in order to stay in business after the Swedish automaker Saab stopped making cars and went into bankruptcy in 2011.

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Bonner trailer plant bucks Montana's low marks for manufacturing

Bonner trailer plant bucks Montana's low marks for manufacturing

MISSOULA — Aluminum trailers began rolling out of ALCOM LLC’s new manufacturing facility at the old Stimson mill site in February.

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Sugar state senators turn back attack on sugar program

Sugar state senators turn back attack on sugar program

The U.S. Senate narrowly defeated a proposal Wednesday that would have ended the sugar price protections considered crucial to the Billings region’s $72 million sugar economy.

May 22, 2013 4:00 pm Photos

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A boost to manufacturing: Bay Ltd. begins hiring after landing a new contract

A boost to manufacturing: Bay Ltd. begins hiring after landing a new contract

Bay Ltd., which has been supplying the Canadian oil sands with steel structures fabricated in Billings while also helping revitalize local manufacturing, has begun hiring workers after landing a major new contract.

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Energy advocate supports gas exports, Keystone XL pipeliine

Energy advocate supports gas exports, Keystone XL pipeliine

A boom in natural gas production from nontraditional sources has sent prices tumbling and has even spurred proposals to export cheap natural gas.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Myths of post-industrial America

WASHINGTON -- We live in a post-industrial age, defined more by Google than by General Motors. The term "post-industrial society" was first popularized by the sociologist Daniel Bell (1919-2011) in a 1973 book, and the change has generally been a boon. The transition from factory to office h…

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From the Editor: Detrick's departure leaves a void at the MMEC

Business owners and economic development specialists expressed shock and sadness after learning that Dale Detrick is no longer working for the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center.

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Laramie man preserves the past through photography

Laramie man preserves the past through photography

LARAMIE — Through the lens, Doc Thissen preserves the past.

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UM economic outlook tour set for later this month

HELENA — A University of Montana annual economic outlook seminar starts a nine-city tour later this month.

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Bay Ltd. reduces workforce at Billings fabrication plant

Bay Ltd. reduces workforce at Billings fabrication plant

A Texas company that has been fabricating equipment used in Canada’s oil sands at a Billings manufacturing plant has apparently sent temporary workers home as the project winds down.

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Special K Ranch, Montana Silversmiths dedicate new building

COLUMBUS — A new building where residents of the Special K Ranch do work for Montana Silversmiths has been dedicated.

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A refinery module is readied for shipping

A refinery module is readied for shipping

A refinery module is readied for shipping from Bay Ltd., which manufactured the unit in Billings for oil sands refining in Canada. Three of the units had been trucked out of their 32nd Street West facility  by Wednesday.

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