• Oil producer Hess Corp has turned to a manufacturing process developed by automaker Toyota Motor Corp to cut costs and boost production as crude oil prices lag, according to a Reuters report. Deploying a process called Lean manufacturing, and used by only a handful of other oil producers, the move has shaved roughly $400,000 off the cost of each North
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  • A company called Enell, Inc. has quietly been doing business in Havre, Montana, serving an international market for the past 22 years. Like so many successful companies, ENELL serves a niche market – one ignored by the big companies catering to the mainstream. ENELL makes sports bras for well-endowed women. Perhaps, not surprisingly, the company’s evolution has paralleled the entrance of
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  • Caterpillar Oil & Gas announced that Caterpillar has made an equity investment in Billings-based company, GTUIT, a manufacturer of mobile gas treatment systems. The companies plan to collaborate to deliver equipment to reduce flaring and emissions from flaring gas in the process of oil production. Brian Cebull, President and CEO of GTUIT stated, “As a result of the Caterpillar investment,
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  • Billings business owner Rich Naylor has been named Small Business Person of the Year in the small business category by the US Small Business Administration in Montana. He owns My Handyman Service & Construction, Inc., Billings. Two other Billings businesspeople are in the list of award winners announced by the SBA. They include Haley Vannatta, owner of Yellowstone Valley Women’s
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  • Electric generation companies, such as Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative (YVEC) are “under attack,” according to Anita Decker, CEO of the Northwest Public power Association, of which YVEC is a member. At risk is the YVEC mission of providing customers with “the lowest cost, highest value investment,” said Decker, who spoke before the annual meeting of the YVEC on last week
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  • In the coming year local employers say they expect to hire 1000 new employees. That reflects a $42 million increase in wages for Yellowstone County. Will they be able to find the workers? Unlike many areas of the country, Billings and Yellowstone County face a labor shortage, a problem which if not addressed could negatively impact local business growth and
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  • If you want to reduce employee turnover in your business, fire mangers who are jerks. That’s the advice of Dick Finnegan, who was keynote speaker at the BillingsWorks Workforce Council luncheon. Finnegan is a nationally-recognized consultant on workforce retention and author of “Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad,” and of a forth coming book, “The Power of Stay Interviews
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  • It looks like the vision for a new restaurant in downtown for the Howard Shen and Tina Wu is becoming a reality. They plan to open Wild Ginger Steak House by late June on the ground floor of the new Empire Parking Garage on Montana Avenue between North 28th and North 27th Streets. The husband and wife entrepreneurial team are
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  • Building a convention center in Billings would cost in the neighborhood of $60 million, and require almost $700,000 annual subsidy. But, such a facility could turn Billings’ prospects around from possibly losing 25 percent of its convention business by 2020, to more than tripling it. A convention center would increase the economic impact of conventions held in Billings by about
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  • The goal for Jefferson Bus Lines is to open a new bus station in downtown Billings by July, according to company President Steve Woelfel. Woelfel announced last week that the Minneapolis-based company has purchased the former Underriner building at Fourth Avenue North and 18th Street North, to serve as their future headquarters in Billings. The new location allows the company
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  • The Guadalajara Family Mexican Restaurant at 927 S. 32nd Street West is moving to the former location of Beef O’Brady’s, 1223 Grand Avenue, Billings. They plan to have the new location completely remodeled and ready to open by about March 20. The restaurant, one of four Guadalajara Restaurants in Billings, is owned by Juan Nuno Sr. and his family members,
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  • The name “Blain” in Yellowstone County is almost synonymous with flying. The late Gerhart Blain was a pioneer in the local aviation business. His sons, Al and Gary, have carried on the family tradition with their business, Billings Flying Service, for which they recently announced big expansion plans. They anticipate more than doubling the size of their business over the
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Garages

Eric Wayne & Kay Nelson, 248 Ave F, (N) $28,080

Gary & Christine Ljunggren/Cucancic Construction, 381 Stewart Ct, (N) $12,960

Donald Weber, 1151 keno St, (N) $26,880

Jesenka George, 5418 Denali Dr, (N) $3,600

Janelle Luppen, 1126 N 23 St, (N) $11,700

Jay & Susan Burdette, 1738 Miles Avenue, (N) $23,040

Paul Parkins, 2334 Clark Ave, (N) $31,920

 

Multi-Family

BWN LLC, 610 Lake Elmo Dr, (N) $1,181,664

 

Single Family

Twin Oaks Corporation/Oakland Companies, 1503 Twin Oaks Dr, (N) $139,308

John Haman/Honey Do Contracting, 723 Mattson Ln, (N) $168,884

Robert Castro, 710 S 33 St, (A) $3,600

Allen Lee Sayler/Kale Construction, 748 Arbor Hills Dr, (A) $2,160

Donald Davidson/Freyenhagen Construction, 2152 Rangeview Ct, (A) $6,975

Neal & Tracy McDonald, 1835 Columbine Dr, (A) $37,632

Robert & Colleen Lockrem, 1742 Janie St, (A) $3,000

Richard & Sandra Edwards/Trent Jones, 2542 Burlington Ave, (A) $6,000

Donald & Jane Hegg/Independence, 2207 Elizabeth, (A) $4,600

Kathleen Durkin/Krebill Construction, 924 Delphinium Dr, (A) $4,800

Caroline Cassel/Good Roofing, 2117 12 St W, (A) $2,735

Donna Friend/Good Roofing, 1130 Capricorn Pl, (A) $7,515

Carol Scovill, 3844 Parkhill Dr, (A) $10,000

Joseph & Catherine/Kirkness Roofing, 2816 Lynwood Dr, (A) $8,472

Joseph & June Bato/TLS Construction, 2338 St Andrews Dr, (A) $8,100

Michael & Gina Baker/4m Construction, 113 W Hilltop Rd, (A) $7,000

Jon Wright/Contractor Services, 1416 1 St W, (A) $800

Charles Longman/Spoonheim Building, 1327 Maurine St, (A) $4,208

Rodney & Susan Sargent/Second to None, 3563 Granger Ave W, (A) $5,040

Gloria Lake/Fisher roofing, 1408 Cook Avenue, (A) $4,757

Robert & Helene Knight, 942 Senora Ave, (A) $6,750

Jeff Buzzman/McPhail Roofing, 724 Ave F, (A) $6,150

David & Becky Klein/Rocky Mtn Roofing, 2001 Lake Elmo Dr, (A) $5,000

Dorothy Kindsfather/Rocking JR Services, 404 27 St, (A) $6,500

Marjorie Schrader/Rocking JR Services, 3775 heritage Dr, (A) 47,200

Clark & Barbara Defrance/Rocking JR Services, 4323 Palisades Park Dr, (A) $20,000

Terry & Sarah Ferestad/Good Roofing, 1105 Capricorn Pl, (A) $7,415

Rita Opie/Andrews Construction, 2027 St Andrews Dr, (A) $4,500

Paul Blaede, 615 Aronson Ave, (A) $5,000

Paul Blaede, 615 Aronson Ave, (A) $3,500

Travis Thomas, 1445 Ave F, (A) $1,100

Clark Curtis/Warnock Construction, 4203 Phillip St, (A) $2,500

Clark Curtis/Warnock Construction, 4203 Phillip St, (A) $4,000

Charlene Melby/Klunder Roofing, 2140 Pueblo Dr, (A) $5,000

Dewey & Doris Anderson/Klunder Roofing, 2139 Pueblo Dr, (A) $5,000

Eric Wayne & Kay Nelson, 248 Ave F, (N)

Darrell & Consta Shepovalof/Big Sky Maintenance, 762 Torch Dr, (R) $800

Terry Tipton, 1725 Ave D, (R) $15,000

Donald & Jana Hegg/Independent, 2207 Elizabeth St, (R) $2,800

Arvid Haugeberg/A-1 Energy, 4109 Rimrock Rd, (R) $6,265

Lisa Marie Hargrove/Dawson Builders, 66W Antelope Trl, (R) $2,750

Lisa Marie Hargrove/Dawson Builders, 66W Antelope Trl, (R) $2,500

Paul & Sarah Hickman/K-Designers, 3503 Timberline Dr, (R) $5,329

Jon Wright/Contractor Service, 1416 1st W, (R) $500

Charles Longman/Spoonheim Buildings, 1327 Maurine St, (R) $2,702

John & Jeanne Lee/Thompson Construction Co., 4384 Poly Dr, (R) $20,000

Paul D Blaede, 615 Aronson Ave, (R) $2,500

Clark Curtis/Warnock Construction, 4203 Phillip ST, (R) $3,500

Jay & Susan Burdette, 1738 Miles Avenue, demolition, $150

Thomas & Marian Martin/Artisan Builders, 3035 Arvin Rd, (A) $12,960

Todd Nelson, 3831 heritage Dr, (A) $27,734

James Carlson/David Kennedy Builders, (A) $39,550

Barbara Wanvig Trust/Barta Custom Builders, 3205 38 St W, (A) $2,880

Roy & Marjorie Brothel, 411 29 St W, (A) $2,000

Patrick Gilman, 3146 Georgina Dr, (A) $5,600

Devin & Marisa Hanley/JAH Const, 720 Bazaar Exchange, (A) $7,300

Dennis & Jolene Harriman/Kirkness Rfg & Supply, 1278 Grubstake Circle, (A) $7,300

Jerry Kerrick/All Seasons Rfg, 610 Sapphire, (A) $4,600

William Fisher, 2902 Lynwood Ln, (A) $3,500

Andrew Hayashida/All Phase Contracting, 2735 Louise Ln, (A) $15,000

Benjamin & Michelle Vigessa, 1621 Judd Circle, (A) $4,000

Christopher Voller, 2508 Terry Ave, (A) $2,000

Mitchell & Kirsten Fears/Chapel Custom Handywork, 1002 Howard Ave, (A) $2,900

Keith Mosbaugh/Kirkness Rfg & Supply, 419 Gorham Park Dr, 5,995

Duane Scott & Debbie Hartung/Foss Construction, 591 Chinook Place, (A) $3,000

William & Pamela Fletcher/ARC Rfg, 3426 St John’s Avenue, (A) $5,000

Daniel & Latece Bryan, 1925 (A) $12,000

William Staley/Ray Meyer Construction, 404 Glee Place, (A) $6,700

Froilan & Traci Valdez, 2220 Quinn Haven Dr, (A) $2,500

Michael & Carol Barnes/Rocky Mountain Roofing, 4433 Iron Horse Trl, (A) $8,000

Gene & Claudia Fleming/Commercial Roof, 221 Tam O’Shanter Rd, (A) $10,000

Boyer Land LLC/Design Builders, 2442 Westfield Dr, (N) $310,340

LNR Architects Drafting & Design/Ridge Line Construction, 3426 Prestwick Rd, (N) $155,704

Roger McCalla/Dawson Builders, 1531 TaniA circle, (N) $164,326

Holly Huennekens Trust/Kincaid Land, 3216 Rimrock Rd, (R) $10,000

Donald & Cheryl Harris/Jeff Engel Const, 2824 Gregory Dr, (R) $27,625

Beth Krkosa/K-Designer, 1633 Wicks Ln, (R) $2,840

William & Ruth Gass/K-Designer, 169 Norris Ct, (R) $4,711

Rodney & Rae Ottenbreit/Freyenhagen Const, 2210 Remington Sq, (R) $6,800

Wilma & John Riek/Precision Siding & Construction, 2407 Rimrock Rd, (R) $7,937

Alex Bisso/One Source Construction, 338 Burlington Ave, (R) $30,000

Doxey Ray Hatch/Richard Helgeson, 2304 Pine St, (R) $3,500

 

 

 


 

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