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Grant helps local business add jobs

RONAN – Rocky Mountain Twist was one of five businesses across Montana selected for a grant to develop jobs.

The Primary Sector Workforce grant, totaling $411,017, is part of a statewide initiative spread across five Montana businesses. Rocky Mountain Twist received the largest grant at $105,000 to create 21 new local jobs.

“This is a great opportunity for the company, the community, and the employees,” said RMT Human Resource Manager Tiffani Kinaman. “The more we can invest in our employees, the better we are as a company.”

According to Kinaman, Rocky Mountain Twist, once referred to as Jore Corporation, manufactures 65,000-75,000 drill bits a day, on average, and ships them all over the world.

“People are sometimes shocked when they hear that number,” she said.

The grant gives the company the ability to train current employees for more advanced positions, which helps keep the machines making the drill bits going, and it allows them to hire more machine operators.

“This will make our staff more skilled,” she said.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced the grant on Jan. 9.

“Our economy is growing and businesses are expanding,” he said. “I’m pleased that we can help these Montana businesses build the talented and trained workforce they need.”

Gov. Bullock said continued investment in our state’s economy is needed to create more jobs, train more employees, and build opportunities. So, the program will continue with more grant funding for businesses to create jobs. The deadline for the next round of grants is March 1. For more information, contact Section Manager Annmarie Robinson at 406-841-2250 or www. wtg.mt.gov.

Recent grant recipients across the state also included Humic Growth Solutions, Inc. of Shelby. They received $90,000 to assist with the training of 18 new jobs for Toole County.

First Call Resolution, LLC of Great Falls received $51,017 to develop 12 new jobs for Cascade County.

Headframe Spirits, Inc. of Butte received $40,000 to assist with the training of eight new jobs for Silver Bow County.

Advanced Technology Group Inc. of Missoula received $40,000 for eight new jobs in Missoula County.

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