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Trucker-oriented clothing line gets a launch in Billings

Trucker-oriented clothing line gets a launch in Billings

Sisters Jewel Jones and Amanda Roth have spent the past two years collaborating on a project to provide comfortable, functional clothing specifically for truckers.

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Fuel fix: Duo recycles leftover propane from bottles

Fuel fix: Duo recycles leftover propane from bottles

Brad Fimrite and Wayne Wilson of Billings helped Yellowstone National Park solve a nagging waste disposal issue by developing a machine that recycles leftover fuel from propane cylinders that campers use in lanterns, heaters and stoves.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Bullock learns about job recruitment, work force training efforts

Bullock learns about job recruitment, work force training efforts

Gov. Steve Bullock joked Monday that he should carry the distinctive orange business cards used by employees of Big Sky Economic Development, Yellowstone County’s economic development agency.

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Rimrock Auto Group survives storms, recession to become one of state's biggest dealerships

Rimrock Auto Group survives storms, recession to become one of state's biggest dealerships

When they entered the Billings auto market 20 years ago, Steve Zabawa and John Soares Jr., had no pretensions of someday ranking among the state’s major dealerships.

November 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Youth Employment and Training Program helps participants learn about working world

Youth Employment and Training Program helps participants learn about working world

When Megan Mountain considered working at Sweetwater Retirement Community, she recalled living with her grandmother while growing up.

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BSED's industrial park study could be slowed by government shutdown

Big Sky Economic Development, hoping to position Billings as a business hub for energy development, has hired a consultant to conduct a feasibility study that could lead to the development of a new industrial park in the Billings area.

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New NILE executive director has deep roots in livestock industry

New NILE executive director has deep roots in livestock industry

Jennifer Noble, the new general manager of the Northern International Livestock Exposition, has spent most of her life judging, competing in, and managing livestock events.

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Billings partners use 'crowdfunding' to launch their dinnerware venture

Billings partners use 'crowdfunding' to launch their dinnerware venture

An app on Karl Schwartz’s cellphone delivered the good news while he was attending the recent Banff Mountain Film Festival in Billings.

May 26, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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Cloud Peak Energy

Cloud Peak Energy

A dragline moves overburden covering a coal seam at Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek Mine near Decker.

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Gulfstream International Airlines will consider Billings-to-Williston service

Gulfstream International Airlines will consider Billings-to-Williston service

Officials from Gulfstream International Airlines say they’ll carefully consider a pitch to add direct flights between Billings and Williston, N.D., the epicenter of a historic oil boom that has sent thousands of people flocking to western North Dakota and Eastern Montana.

December 10, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Diminishing screen time: Technological advances present bottom-line challenges for TV repairmen

Diminishing screen time: Technological advances present bottom-line challenges for TV repairmen

Dozens of broken television screens carted through the door at Big Sky VCR are often the victims of a careless slip of the wrist.

November 20, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Welders wanted: Bay Ltd., formerly Berry Y&V, will hire 30 to 40 workers

A company in Billings involved in building equipment used in the Canadian oil sands will soon begin hiring pipefitters and welders.

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220,000-square-foot Scheels store to open in Shiloh Crossing in 2014

220,000-square-foot Scheels store to open in Shiloh Crossing in 2014

With amenities like an indoor Ferris wheel, a giant aquarium where divers feed fish and 220,000 square feet of retail space, Billings has never seen anything quite like the new Scheels sporting goods superstore scheduled to open in 2014 at Shiloh Crossing.

November 01, 2011 10:30 am Photos

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After ConocoPhillips breakup, Billings refinery still a key asset, official says

After ConocoPhillips breakup, Billings refinery still a key asset, official says

The ConocoPhillips refinery in Billings will continue to play a strategic role in the new, yet-to-be-named oil refining company, once a plan to split the refining and production operations is complete, a company executive says.

October 20, 2011 5:05 pmLoading…

Canadian company to hire welders locally

Boom times in the oil-and-gas industry will soon lead to more manufacturing jobs in Billings.

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GE Aviation courts Montana suppliers

General Electric Aviation, one of the world’s largest aerospace contractors, is looking for a few good companies in Montana.

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Baucus: Nation isn't in a financial crisis, but challenges abound

Sen. Max Baucus said Monday the nation's credit remains sound despite a rating agency's downgrade that sent financial markets into a tailspin.

August 08, 2011 2:41 pmLoading…
California gold: Billings company joins rush to lure overtaxed California companies

California gold: Billings company joins rush to lure overtaxed California companies

A Billings company that has gone prospecting in the rich lodes of Silicon Valley is starting to unearth a few nuggets, and more success could be on the way if California technology companies continue to think that the grass may be greener elsewhere.

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McClure takes over reins at SBA office

McClure takes over reins at SBA office

The Small Business Administration will soon know what kind of assistance it can provide to Montana businesses that have sustained damage during a record-setting flood season, said Joe McClure, the federal agency’s new district director in Montana.

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Merchants thrilled to have arena back up and running

Merchants thrilled to have arena back up and running

Steve Wahrlich estimates that he lost about $34,000 worth of business during the 10 months that the tornado-damaged Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark was out of commission.

June 12, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Speakers provide international spin on climate change

With rivers flooding and record snowpack recorded in the mountains, this is a tough year to convince people that human-caused global warming will eventually melt Montana's glaciers and parch the landscape, says noted climate scientist Steve Running.

June 01, 2011 5:46 pmLoading…

Baucus: Montana businesses could become suppliers with GE Aviation

BIG SKY — Four years after General Electric announced plans that led to the construction of a financial operations center in Billings, another unit of the multinational corporation has signaled that it's interested in doing business in Montana.

May 20, 2011 1:20 pmLoading…
Punching holes: High oil prices mean more drilling in Montana

Punching holes: High oil prices mean more drilling in Montana

Reports of record-breaking oil wells coming online in the prolific Bakken formation may not eliminate the sting of $4 gas. But at least there’s some satisfaction knowing the domestic oil industry is working to quench the nation’s huge thirst for energy.

May 15, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Captive insurance industry taking off in Montana

Captive insurance industry taking off in Montana

Ten years after the Montana Legislature set out the welcome mat for an alternative kind of insurance, the industry is growing at a steady pace and adding thousands of dollars to state coffers, while burnishing Montana’s reputation as a business-friendly state.

April 03, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Former Denver Bronco Mecklenburg says overcoming adversity is key to success

Former Denver Broncos star Karl Mecklenburg is confident that John Elway can match his Hall of Fame playing career with success as a football executive.

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An electric shovel loads coal onto a haul truck

An electric shovel loads coal onto a haul truck

An electric shovel loads coal onto a haul truck at Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek Mine near Decker. An 80-foot-thick coal seam makes coal mines in the Powder River Basin among the most productive in the world.

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Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek Mine near Decker

Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek Mine near Decker

A dragline moves overburden covering a coal seam at Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek Mine near Decker. With nuclear power on hold in several nations, analysts say coal energy might fill the void.

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Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek Mine near Decker

Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek Mine near Decker

A dragline moves overburden covering a coal seam at Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek Mine near Decker.

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Experts say Billings will benefit from energy boom

Montana will benefit from thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenues from an energy boom that encompasses coal, oil and gas, wind power, new electrical transmission lines and new pipelines, a panel of industry representatives said Thursday in Billings.

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Economic development officials concerned about funds for training

Yellowstone County economic development officials fear that their job recruitment efforts will suffer if lawmakers slash a key state worker training program.

February 10, 2011 5:45 pmLoading…
Business boot camp

Business boot camp

Spray-on pantyhose and invisible stereo headphones may never prove to be iconic consumer goods along the lines of the iPod or the hula hoop.

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Cloud Peak Energy officials optimistic about boosting coal exports to Asia

Cloud Peak Energy officials optimistic about boosting coal exports to Asia

DECKER — Officials from the nation's third largest coal producer say Montana coal exports to Asia are expected to top 3 million tons this year, nearly double last year's level.

November 28, 2010 12:15 am Photos

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Billings residents inspect a giant coal hauling truck

Billings residents inspect a giant coal hauling truck

Billings residents inspect a giant coal hauling truck at the mine during a recent tour.

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Loveland plant wins safety award

A Lockwood manufacturing plant that formulates and packages herbicides was recognized Thursday for being one of the safest workplaces in the nation.

November 18, 2010 5:30 pmLoading…
Red Lodge condo project changes strategy to survive in brutal vacation home market

Red Lodge condo project changes strategy to survive in brutal vacation home market

RED LODGE — When the market for vacation homes cratered in 2008, Red Lodge developer Bill Kiely didn’t cuss his bad luck and walk away from a development that had a difficult history.

October 24, 2010 12:15 am Photos

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Wyoming company looks at Billings as possible site as it expands

Wyoming company looks at Billings as possible site as it expands

Gov. Brian Schweitzer has invited officials from a Wyoming company that specializes in teaching English to foreign students to visit Helena during the 2011 Legislature. The goal would be to make changes to a state work force training program and eventually bring thousands of new teaching job…

October 21, 2010 5:25 pmLoading…

MSUB study to assess Billings TIF districts

Officials at Montana State University Billings will conduct a $19,000 study to determine whether Tax Increment Financing districts in the Billings area enhance economic activity within the community, and whether TIF districts increase the tax burden for taxpayers who live outside such districts.

October 14, 2010 11:43 pmLoading…

Horizon Air president says Billings-to-Helena flight not likely soon

Billings residents frustrated with the lack of direct flights between Billings and Helena often joke that the saying "You can't get there from here" was coined especially for them.

October 07, 2010 5:33 pmLoading…
Preparing to honor wounded vets

Preparing to honor wounded vets

Casinda “Casey” Elder, who was wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq in 2004, had to wait four years before she received a Purple Heart medal signifying that she had received combat-related injuries.

October 06, 2010 6:04 pm Photos

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Rains continue to complicate MetraPark arena work

Rains continue to complicate MetraPark arena work

As sheets of water cascaded down the concrete steps inside Rimrock Auto Arena on Monday, it marked the 24th day that rain has slowed rebuilding efforts since a tornado tore the roof off of the county-owned venue on June 20.

August 30, 2010 8:03 pm Photos

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City’s housing market beginning to reflect national trends

City’s housing market beginning to reflect national trends

Last year, Billings real estate professionals spent a lot of time assuring their customers that the local market was in much better shape than the doom and gloom reflected in the national statistics.

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Banks educating customers on new overdraft regulations

Thanks to new rules from the Federal Reserve, banks must seek their customers’ permission before allowing overdrafts to be paid on transactions involving debit cards and automated teller machine cards.

August 12, 2010 9:30 pmLoading…
Craftsman turns beetle-damaged wood into valuable lumber

Craftsman turns beetle-damaged wood into valuable lumber

There’s stark beauty lurking beneath the bark of the red-needled, dead-standing trees dotting tens of thousands of acres of Montana forests.  

August 01, 2010 12:10 am Photos

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Commissioner, Billings mayor discuss region’s outlook at forum

Commissioner, Billings mayor discuss region’s outlook at forum

Hours after a tornado tore the roof off Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark on June 20, Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy and Sue DeVries, MetraPark’s assistant manager, climbed over piles of debris and retrieved about $60,000 stored in a safe within the arena’s wrecked administrative…

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Montana company vies for helping clean up oil

Montana company vies for helping clean up oil

SHEPHERD — Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., says he’ll do what he can to help a Montana company that is vying to play a role in cleaning up the oil released after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico.

July 23, 2010 6:38 pm Photos

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GE Capital expansion a possibility

GE Capital Corp., the General Electric subsidiary that moved into a new $7 million operations center early last year, has been adding workers, and local economic development officials have begun discussing the possibility of expanding the 46,000-square-foot building that opened in early 2009.

July 08, 2010 10:20 pmLoading…
Export expert, Google provide tips to business owners

Export expert, Google provide tips to business owners

The president of the Export-Import Bank expressed surprise Thursday when dozens of Montana business owners said they had successfully sold their products in other countries.

June 03, 2010 5:29 pm Photos

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Cash for Kelvinators: Appliance rebate program to launch

Cash for Kelvinators: Appliance rebate program to launch

If Cash for Clunkers was your idea of a blockbuster economic stimulus scheme, get ready for the sequel: Cash for Appliances.

May 23, 2010 12:10 am Related

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American Airlines asked to add flights

Bozeman officials are in Dallas this week hoping to convince American Airlines to expand its service to Gallatin Field and possibly other Montana cities, including Billings.

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Coker upgrade a massive undertaking

Coker upgrade a massive undertaking

Sometime in late July, while most Billings residents are asleep, a massive truck will roll through town, carrying tons of steel that will be used in a $50 million upgrade to the ConocoPhillips refinery.

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