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.
More dough. Franz Bakery hired 99 workers and reopened the Sweetheart Bakery in Billings, which has started baking and delivering Standish Farms and Sweetheart products to nearly 200 Montana stores.
Bear diet. After Yellowstone Lake’s cutthroat trout population crashed, grizzly and black bears had to change their summer menu. According to a scientific study published last week, they are consuming more elk calves. According to researchers, to replace the 7,500 spawning cutthroat they used to eat in a season, Yellowstone bears would need to consume 300 elk calves.
Sobriety testing. A Wyoming legislative committee is drafting a bill to start a 24/7 Sobriety program in that state. The bill, to be introduced next year, would put Wyoming in the company of South Dakota, Montana, Alaska and several other states that have already found that requiring DUI offenders to report for twice-daily breath tests keeps the vast majority from drinking.
Courthouse auction. The online auction of the James F. Battin federal building in Billings ended with a top bid of $3.275 million on a building that the federal government abandoned because of its asbestos content and lack of courthouse security features. The General Services Administration has not revealed the identity of the winning bidder and reportedly won’t until the deal is closed with receipt of cash and transfer of title within 60 days.