HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock announced today $779,000 in grants to help businesses in six Montana communities create 93 new jobs and plan for future expansions.
“After adding nearly 10,000 new jobs to Montana’s economy just last year, we’re not done yet,” said Governor Bullock. “The Big Sky Trust Fund and Workforce Training Grant programs allow businesses in communities across Montana to create jobs and take our economy to new heights.”
The funds are being awarded through the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) and Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG) programs.
Kalispell is one of the six communities where BSTF and WTG funds are growing the economy through area businesses.
With a $27,000 BSTF grant awarded through Montana West Economic Development, Stampede Packing Company will be able to move forward with its plans for a new refrigerated meat processing plant.
Stampede, which employs 25 full-time and six part-time employees, is currently at capacity with its existing facility. A new building will allow the company to operate at higher volumes and to accept more orders.
“We are thrilled that our project has gained support from the State of Montana to make informed decisions about expanding our operations,” said Stampede Finance Manager Lynmarie Maves. “This grant will assist us in planning a facility that will provide stability for our business for years to come, and to protect the Montana employees and families who depend on us.”
The full list of recipients includes:
- Big Sky Economic Development Authority received $290,000 of BSTF funds to assist Avitus Group, Inc. to expand, which will allow the company to create 58 new jobs in Billings. The BSTF funds will be used for software license and equipment purchases. Avitus Group, Inc., which is located in Billings, provides back office services to businesses in the areas of employee administration, including payroll, safety, human resources and benefits.
- Avitus Group, Inc. received $200,000 of WTG funds to train 88 full-time jobs. The funds will be used to train new hires on industry standards. Avitus Group, Inc. provides back office services to businesses in the areas of employee administration, including payroll, safety, human resources and benefits.
- Prospera Business Network received $6,000 to assist Motion Athletics All-Star Cheer Gym, LLC with design documents for a new facility in Bozeman. Motion Athletics offers recreational and competitive cheerleading, tumbling and a variety of recreational programs for the youth in the community.
- Custer County received $175,000 of BSTF funds to assist Transco Railcar Repair, Inc. to expand, which will allow the company to create 35 new jobs for Custer County. The BSTF funds will be used for equipment purchases. Transco Railcar Repair, Inc., which is located in Miles City, is an independent and privately owned provider of freight car repair, modification and rebuilding services to the rail transportation industry.
- Montana Business Assistance Connection received $27,000 to assist Lewis and Clark Brewing Company with the preliminary engineering study for an automated brewing and canning line. Lewis and Clark Brewing Company is a Montana-based brewery located in Helena.
- Montana West Economic Development of Kalispell received $27,000 to assist Stampede Packing Company with schematic drawings and design development for a new facility. Stampede Packing Company is a meat processing facility.
- Montana West Economic Development of Kalispell received $27,000 to Kyladi Properties, LLC with design development plans. Kyladi Properties, LLC is looking to redevelop the Triangle Building in Kalispell.
- Lake County Community Development Corporation received $27,000 to assist Aloha Noblehouse, Inc. with solar design and engineering documents. Aloha Noblehouse is proposing to construct a 260,000 square foot greenhouse that can provide USDA certified organic vegetables and herbs.
More funding opportunities are still available. The deadline for submitting an application for consideration at the next Grant/Loan Review Committee meeting is April 13. For more information, contact Section Manager Annmarie Robinson by phone at 406.841.2250 or by visiting www.bstf.mt.gov or http://businessresources.mt.gov/WTG.