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Livingston-based MHTBA member PrintingForLess.com (PFL) recently opened an office in Bozeman, its third location. Founded in 1996, PFL was the nation’s first e-commerce commercial printer. The draw was Bozeman’s abundance of talent in many fields, including software development and marketing.
“PFL is proud to be a founding member of an organization dedicated to the growth of high tech in Montana,” said Andrew Field, PFL’s founder and CEO. “One of the most exciting aspects of the High Tech Business Alliance is that we can stand shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues in the industry and celebrate each other’s successes.”
Helix Business Solutions, based in Memphis, opened two Montana offices in the last several years. The first office, in Dillon, has created partnerships with the University of Montana Western and has already begun to hire local talent. Helix opened its second office in Bozeman on the Oracle campus in July 2014. Helix is an Oracle Service Cloud Partner and was the Oracle Partner of the Year in 2014.
“The Alliance has been an incredible partner for Helix as we’ve expanded in Montana,” said Travis Cottom, VP of Business Development and Solutions. “We’ve grown our employee base by 40%, almost all of this growth in Southwest Montana. We are continuing to find and hire some of the most experienced talent while creating partnerships with area universities to grow the next generation of our team. The MHTBA has created a great source of collaboration for finding talent and in building relationships to promote and grow our business.”
Tom Stergios founded the Missoula Solutions Center of Advanced Technology Group (ATG) in 2011 and has since grown his team to more than 60 employees. The Missoula office is now the largest for the management and technology consultancy headquartered in Kansas City.
“The Montana High Tech Business Alliance is taking the high tech industry in the state to another level,” said Tom Stergios, vice president of Quote to Cash for ATG. “I believe the MHTBA is helping me scale my company, particularly by showcasing the strong businesses we have in Montana and attracting the technical talent we need to grow.”
Beginning with a two-man shop and a vision for manufacturing in rural Montana, Spika Design and Manufacturing has grown over the past 14 years to over 50 employees, with their specialized upper-level access stands and work platform systems shipping globally. A snapshot of products in production includes complex aircraft-interfacing platform systems for a new Bell helicopter manufacturing plant; a fully-encompassing assembly access structure for a Lockheed Martin satellite manufacturing facility; numerous truckloads of universal aviation stands for the Israeli Air Force, and Blackhawk phase maintenance platforms bound for Army Aviation training in Fort Eustis.
“It’s been great being a part of the Alliance and getting the opportunity to network with other business leaders from around the state,” said Tom Spika, owner of Spika Welding. “We are in agreement with the belief that, even though unemployment rates are low in many parts of Montana, good jobs with benefits and compensation that allow for the costs of raising a family are difficult to find. We as business leaders can work to increase the state’s average wage, and as an organization work to entice former Montanans to return home, both for good paying manufacturing jobs and for high tech opportunities here and through telecommuting. Working together, we can pave the way to a better, more prosperous tomorrow here in the state we call home.”
Arrow Solutions Group, Montana’s only specialized IT and engineering staffing and recruiting agency, connects professionals with companies in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota and has offices in Billings and Boise. ASG is a founding member of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance.
“The Montana High Tech Business Alliance has created a powerful resource for Montana high tech and manufacturing firms,” said Kathy Boelter, CEO of Arrow Solutions Group in Billings. “We have been excited to work alongside the Alliance and see tremendous value in the Alliance’s jobs portal. The Alliance has stepped in and has given Montana’s high tech companies a channel for better communication, collaboration and celebration. All of the above will continue to prove beneficial for Montana’s job seekers and economy.”