Tony Martel, Martel Construction of Bozeman, was elected president of the Montana Contractors’ Association (MCA) during the organization’s annual meeting Jan 12-13 at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena. Russ Olsen, R&R Taylor Construction, Bozeman, was elected vice president. Deb Poteet, Poteet Construction, Missoula, was elected treasurer. Newly elected to the board of directors was Jeff Hollenback, Mountain West Holding Company, Missoula, representing the Specialty Contractors’ Division and Bill Lloyd, Great West Engineering, Helena was elected as the new Associates’ Division chair. Also elected to the board were David Zinke, Knife River, Missoula and Mike Newton, Fisher Sand and Gravel, Glendive.
MCA is a Helena-based trade association representing commercial and industrial construction firms across Montana, and is a chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.
Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members attended the Summit of the Horse event held Jan. 3-6 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The summit was a gathering of people who make their living with horses.
Bill and Jann Parker, managers for the Billings Livestock Horse Sale served on the Horseman’s Forum, “Necessary Steps to Restore Lost Value and Normal Markets. “
Jim Rahr, operations manager of Fisher Sand and Gravel in Billings, has been named MCA’s Concrete Division Concrete Person of the Year for 2010. He received the award during the MCA Annual Convention Jan. 12-13 in Helena.
Rahr started out doing concrete work more than 27 years ago. He has come from doing flat work and basements with his uncle to his present job. Jim started driving a ready mix truck and delivering powder 20 years ago in Las Vegas, NM. He and his wife moved to Billings and Rahr went to work for George Reiter, then owner of ABC Ready Mix. Reiter taught Rahr all about the ready mix business in Billings. Several years later ABC merged with and became Empire Sand and Gravel. Rahr continued to run the ready mix side of Empire. Rahr worked for Empire until 1998 when he went to work for Concrete Materials in Billings for two years and then became employed by Fisher Sand and Gravel.
Sanjel Corporation, a Canadian-based international oilfield service company, under its subsidiary, Sanjel USA, has purchased property in Billings with the intent of establishing an equipment maintenance center and a major training facility. Sanjel USA is headquartered in Denver.
The company, which also has district offices in Miles City and Chinook, has purchased the former Auto Auction building on Cordova Road near the Holiday Inn Grand, and is in the process of refurbishing it to meet their needs. It is expected to be operational in seven to eight months, according to Mike Howard, Manager of US Training for Sanjel. In the meantime they are moving their training facility into a temporary location in the Heights.
Brian Cooley has joined Stockman Bank as the vice president, Billings ag market manager. He will oversee the Ag department for all three Stockman Bank Billings locations. His responsibilities include developing and managing new and existing agricultural loan relationships, as well as assisting clients.
Glacier Park, Inc. (GPI), a subsidiary of Viad Corp, announced the acquisition of Grouse Mountain Lodge on January 5, 2011.
GrouseMountainLodge – a 145 room, four-season resort hotel – is situated adjacent to the Whitefish Lake Golf Club in Whitefish, Montana. Home to Whitefish Mountain Resort and with close proximity to Glacier National Park, the town of Whitefish is a vibrant, year-round resort community complete with abundant arts, shopping and recreational opportunities. The Lodge is rated Superior First Class by Hotel & Travel Index and features an indoor pool, outdoor spa, fitness center, conference facilities, and on-site dining complete with a fireside lounge, grill, and wine room.
“The addition of Grouse Mountain Lodge extends GPI’s current operations in and around Waterton and Glacier National Parks from a seasonal operation to a year-round presence, “said Cindy Ognjanov, president and general manager. We are very excited about this addition to our company. It gives us the opportunity to offer our guests a wider range of accommodation options and to extend our position as an employer of choice in the Flathead Valley. Grouse Mountain Lodge is a superb facility with a remarkable history in Whitefish and we look forward to enhancing guest and employee experiences in this charming mountain town.”
“We are looking forward to growing our roots deeper in the communities of Northwest Montana and becoming a solid partner with the Whitefish community and its businesses,” adds Alicia Thompson, director of marketing and business relations. “Having the Lodge join the Whitefish Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will be one of many steps demonstrating GPI’s commitment to enhancing and growing the vibrant Whitefish economy.”
Unemployment was listed as the top concern for Montanans in a recent Montana Chamber of Commerce poll. 48 percent said it was the state’s biggest problem with taxes listed as a distant second at 11 percent. 83% of Montana voters want the state to encourage more timber, 79% want more oil & gas development, 73% want more coal development and 73% want more mining. In fact, the support for developing natural resources comes from majorities of Republicans, Democrats and Independents polled on every industry category.
The Power Base (P-base) is an annual scientific poll of 600 Montana voters on a variety of business and political issues with a margin of error of 4.1%. The poll is commissioned by the Montana Chamber of Commerce and other business groups in mid-November to determine what regular Montanans think about important economic issues facing our state.
Apex Personal Training, owned by Renee and Daryl Sobering, is growing and expanding. The five-year old enterprise has moved to 1002 10th Street West (near the Elks Lodge on Lewis Ave.), from their former location at 405 N. 24th Street.
The move greatly expands the fitness business’ capacity. With considerably more space, Apex Personal Training may now provide more services and access to exercise equipment, as well as continuing the one-on-one fitness training for which the company is noted.
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