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.
The name has changed from Sweetheart to Franz, but the two Billings bakery outlet stores that reopened Wednesday morning quickly attracted some of the same loyal customers.
Steel deal. Bay Ltd. landed a major new oil sands contract and is hiring workers to fabricate steel modules. Bay expects to have 300 to 400 people working at its Billings factory by summer’s end and to stay busy through 2014.
The Sweetheart Bakery in Billings reopened this week and Franz Bakery drivers will begin delivering bread Monday to nearly 200 Montana grocery stores.
Franz Bakery of Portland, Ore., plans to reopen the former Sweetheart Bakery in Billings and start baking bread by May 13.
After buying Billings first mall, West Park Plaza, in August 2008, Washington state developer Bob McDonald, along with the rest of the country, was hit with a deep recession.
The Sweetheart Bakery in Billings may reopen soon as a Franz Bakery.
Jerry Soderquist is one of only about 60 chefs to pass a grueling weeklong, 13-hour-per-day test conducted by the American Culinary Federation to become a certified master chef.
United States Bakery Inc. of Portland, Ore., has bid on the Sweetheart Bakery in Billings, along with other properties of the bankrupt Hostess Brands Inc.
Billings West High School teacher Lindsey Belinak played a winning hand Wednesday while buying her first home, cashing in on historically low interest rates while putting no money down.
The Bakken oil boom was only one undercurrent pulling the Billings economy into stronger territory during 2012.
The owners of Sweetheart Bakery and the bakers union have agreed to mediation to avoid a planned shutdown of the entire company following a weeklong strike that affected about two-thirds of the company's 36 plants.
The barn full of bread won't last forever. In fact, it'll probably only last a week. Debbie Spitzer, whose land west of Billings overlooks a couple of small ponds and a menagerie of waterfowl, goats, dogs and a burro, buys the bread from a Sweetheart Bakery outlet once a week as supplement f…
Debbie Spitzer explains how the pending liquidation of the Sweetheart Bakery will affect the hundreds of Ducks who use her ponds.
Striking employees from the local Sweetheart Bakery reacts to the news about the possibility of liquidation.
Striking Sweetheart Bakery workers stand in front of the Billings business on Midland Road on Friday morning after Hostess Brands announced that it would liquidate its assets.
Striking Sweetheart Bakery workers stand in front of the Billings facility on Midland Road on Friday morning.
An estimated 350 Sweetheart Bakery workers in Montana, along with nearly 19,000 workers across the country, collected their last paycheck on Friday and now are living without a job and health insurance.
Workers striking Hostess Brands and the local Sweetheart bakery picket on Midland Road on Monday.
The only Sweetheart Bakery in Montana is in Billings and employs about 130 people, although the number of strikers is unknown.