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Senator Baucus Economic Engine Initiative: Spotlight on Wheatland County, Montana -

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October 5, 2011View for printing

Senator's Economic Engine Initiative ... 2cebbd2b7a0 Focuses on State's Job Creators

Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus continued his "Montana Jobs Economic Engine" initiative this week by highlighting which has brought seven full time jobs and 18 part time jobs to Harlowton since 2007. In that time, the company has also hired workers in Lewistown, Livingston and Bozeman, expanded to Australia and the UK, and grown revenues by 168%.

Baucus' Montana Jobs Economic Engine initiative is designed to elevate the profile of Montana businesses that are finding innovative ways to grow, create jobs and move forward during challenging economic times.

Today, Baucus recognized's Lance Trebesch for expanding his workforce in Wheatland County, one of the lowest income counties in the United States.

"I am encouraged and emboldened by's growth at a time when we really need our small businesses to drive the economy forward. It really takes guts and elbow grease to grow and succeed during this tough economic time. My hat goes off to Lance and his team for hiring folks in Wheatland County," Baucus said. "My job is to do everything I can to make sure businesses like have the right environment to keep chugging and keep hiring Montana workers."

Each full time employee at is a part owner by receiving stock options and also participates in the company's annual profit-sharing bonus. Trebesch says he has plans to continue expanding in Harlowton and says job applicants can receive more information by emailing .

"Rural Montana is a great place to do business and we're building our company thanks to the world-class work ethic found in communities like Harlowton. We appreciate Senator Baucus recognizing our efforts to grow and provide jobs in the communities we love. His Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte also helped our business make important connections to help us grow here and abroad as much as we have in the last several years," said Lance Trebesch, CEO of

About Baucus' Montana Jobs Economic Engine Initiative

The effort builds upon his ongoing legislative work to support Montana's businesses along with his Montana Economic Development Summits that have resulted in key connections for Montana businesses such as attracting investors and new business partnerships that have directly led to new Montana jobs.

Previous companies highlighted by Baucus include:

Columbia Falls-based Nomad Global Communications Solutions , which has grown its workforce by more than 300 percent in the last year and a half.

Stinger Welding in Libby which has hired 40 people in the last two months and is currently accepting applications to fill another 50 positions immediately.

Big Equipment Company in Havre which has grown its workforce by almost 40 percent since 2009.

Baucus' Small Business Jobs Act became law just over a year ago and includes key provisions to help businesses create jobs including:

* $12 billion in tax cuts;

* 100 percent exclusion from capital gains taxes on investments in small businesses;

* A $10,000 tax deduction for start-up expenditures - doubling current levels;

* Increased Section 179 expensing, permitting up to $500,000 in capital investments that business can expense;

* New tools to help small businesses export which will leverage more than $1 billion in exports;

* Increased Small Business Administration (SBA) loan limits and improved access and lower costs for small business to access SBA loans;

* A targeted $30 billion Small Business Lending Fund to provide small community banks with capital to increase small business lending; and

* $1.5 billion in grants to support $15 billion in new small business lending through already successful state programs.

For a complete summary and more information on the Small Business Jobs Act click HERE. ... 2cebbd2b7a0

Reader Comments:

Congratulations to Montana Ambassador Lance Trebesch.

Another example of leadership in Montana.

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