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Barry Usher has sold Hi Mountain Recreation to its former manager, Chuck South.
Usher owned and operated the company in concert with Beartooth Harley Davidson. Usher retains Beartooth Harley Davidson at 6900 Frontage Road, Billings, along with locations in Red Lodge and Cody.
South is the managing partner of Hi Mountain Recreation, now located at 141 Moore Lane. The company is the dealer for SkiDoo, SeaDoo, CanAm, and General Scooter.
Kim Tomljenovich has joined Stockman Bank as a real estate loan officer for the Billings King Avenue office. She will develop and service real estate loans and assist clients with their goal of becoming a homeowner or refinancing their current mortgage to consolidate debt, lower current monthly payments, or utilize their home as a tool for further investment in real estate.
Aspen Air, a manufacturer of nitrogen, oxygen, and argon, in Lockwood, is expanding their facility. "We are extending our commitment to the community. To add more volume, so we can have more molecules for customers," announced owner Onkar Dhaliwal.
The Calgary-based company first built in Lockwood in 2006.
With plans to address the housing needs of the Bakken, a new startup company has begun business in Laurel, leasing a portion of the Fox Lumber building, at 203 East Railroad Street. The CEO of System Building Solutions, Inc. (SBS), Daniel Boman, hopes to quickly grow into utilizing the entire 20-acres and 100,000-square- foot facility.
"We are here to sell construction capacity," said Boman, "whatever the market wants us to build we will build."
SBS started the first of November, an assembly line process to build modular units to international building codes. They are currently building a workforce housing model, which they expect to have completed by January.
The Montana Chamber of Commerce has hired Glenn Oppel as the new Government Relations Director. Oppel most recently served as Government Affairs Director for the Montana Association of Realtors and Policy Director for the Montana Policy Institute.
"We're delighted to have Glenn join us," said Webb Brown, President/CEO of the state chamber. "His skills and dedication will be a great asset to the businesses and economy of the Treasure State."
One of America's fastest-growing brands of aluminum trailers will soon be made in Missoula County. On Wednesday, November 14, Maine-based ALCOM LLC announced it signed a lease to establish a new, 70,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Bonner.
The company expects to initially employ approximately 60 workers and begin production of its hand-built aluminum trailers at the former Stimson Lumber mill site in early 2013. The company anticipates expanding to 200 employees at the facility within its first two years of operation.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently designated PPL Montana's Billings office as a Voluntary Protection Program Star site. Star status is the highest recognition for sites that have distinguished themselves with the highest level of safety and health excellence.
Jeff Henckel, support compliance professional at PPL Montana, led the four-year process to earn VPP's Star status, which included a comprehensive written application process that addresses the major elements of the program; management and leadership involvement; worksite analysis; hazard prevention and control; and safety and health training.
Staff at the Northern Hotel have started calling the "Construction Office," the "Hotel Office." It's a welcome indicator that the long construction project is nearing completion, and the focus has become the actual running of a hotel.
"We are now building the business of being a hotel," said Mike Nelson, co-owner and manager of a historical downtown landmark, which he and his brother, Chris, have resurrected from the depths of bankruptcy and asbestos.
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