The Company was started on June 17, 1977, with the merger of B.L.M. Tire and Hasty Tire. At that time, B.L.M. consisted of stores in Billings, Great Falls, Helena, Missoula, Anchorage, Spokane, Rapid City and Dickinson. The Company was primarily a Dayton Tire distributor but was also handling Cooper and B.F. Goodrich tires. Jack Hasty had stores in Rudyard and Havre and brought with him the Michelin brand. The name “TIRE-RAMA” was selected as a means of identifying the new Company to the public.
From those beginnings, Tire-Rama has grown today to be 45 locations and the premier independent tire dealer across four states: Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington where we offer home-town service. Marketing efforts also extend into all adjoining states and Canada thanks to a well-established weekly distribution system. Along with a wide variety of tires, the Company’s stores offer a complete menu of automotive accessories and services. The Company strives to position itself for future growth and takes great pride in the quality of its people.
Tire-Rama will continue as the industry leader by constantly focusing on its customers and on the goal of providing quality services and products at affordable prices.
Tongue River Electric Coopertive, Inc was Incorporated January 22, 1946 by Orval W. Gentry, P.T. Bennet, Edward M. Hanson, Julian Terrett, Stephen B. Smith, Perry Hason, W.C. Wiechman, & F. L. Kamhoot. These men were the original Board Members as well. TRECO services were first energized on September 9, 1949. Currently TRECO serves 2,630 members with a history of over 4,966 members served.
Tongue River Electric Cooperative History
Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act as part of his stimulus plan to get us out of the great depression of the 30′s. The Act provided low interest 35 year loans. It was hoped that the electric power companies serving the cities and small towns of America would take advantage of these 2% loans and begin to extend their lines to rural America. This did not happen or at least not fast enough to satisfy the people out in the country and as a result, the electric cooperatives that we take for granted today stumbled into an uncertain existence under the supervision of the Rural Electrification Administration.
The first cooperatives in Montana developed in the denser valley areas between 1937 & 1939 and were serving customers before Pearl Harbor precipitated the US into World War II. Lack of materials and other problems put the development of new cooperatives on hold until the end of the conflict in Japan in 1945. But in 1946 people in the thinly populated dry lands began to stir and looked first to the already established valley coops to extend their lines into new areas but to most valley boards that looked like a losing proposition for their members and it did not happen.
Tongue River Electric came into being when ordinary folks with an extraordinary vision one of which was Orville Gentry embarked on a perilous journey to determine whether the ranchers and farmers spread out over eastern Montana could create an organization that could supply electricity to them and survive with the help of REA loans and guidance.
Getting enough people signed up in an area to be served by a proposed line and show the REA that feasibility for repayment of the money to be borrowed was the challenge for a number of years. The first line to be actually energized was built in the Terry area. Other lines followed but it was a slow process. In at least one case the signers had to commit to a special surcharge before REA would commit funds.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) had built a line from Colstrip to Lame Deer and Busby in the early 30′s to serve their administrative facilities and schools but very few Indian homes were reached and the BIA was starved for funds to maintain, extend and operate their system. Negotiations were begun and resulted in the acquisition of the BIA lines and the beginning of extensive electric service to almost all areas of the reservation.
Ashland folks got their electricity from a diesel plant which stuttered from time to time and electric lines which required maintenance so those customers became part of the TRECO system. Perhaps the need of Ashland for more dependable service was part of the impetus for the founding of TRECO. Judge Jones in Broadus operated a diesel plant and distributed electricity to the businesses and homes in the village. As TRECO’s lines extended toward and around Broadus, it was beginning to be apparent that TRECO might survive and Judge decided it might be time to retire from the electric business and did arrange to sell out his operation to TRECO. Those acquisitions over the years rounded out the TRECO system and made it possible to extend lines farther into the hills than would otherwise have been possible.
Our members today have paid in full for nearly 30% of a well maintained reliable system. A great deal more valuable to them than even the books record. The 70% balance is financed over 35 years at reasonable interest rates.
From time to time our members should give a moment’s thought to those pioneer directors who had faith that an electric cooperative serving the thinly populated dry lands of eastern Montana could succeed. Nor should we forget the managers selected by the board to guide the day to day operations of the cooperative over the years: Orval Gentry, Eugene Morgan, A. W. Mills, James Richards, Harold Hanson, and Alan See.
Tongue River Vineyard, approximately 2 acres in size, is the only commercial vineyard in Montana east of Missoula. Our first grapes were planted in 2004 and we plant some every year. Our half-century of gardening have helped in the vineyard, and Bob’s half century of wine making have helped in the winery. We grow mostly University of Minnesota grape varieties, but are experimenting with others that might prove hardy enough for our northern climate.
We are proud and active members of the North Dakota Grape and Wine Association, and also participants with the emerging Montana grape growers association and the South Dakota association. We purchase some fruit from North Dakota and Wyoming to supplement what we are able to find in Montana
We also grow apples, pears, cherries, raspberries, elderberries and other fruits. We opened for business in October of 2010 and produce approximately 2000 gallons of wine yearly— red and white, sweet and dry, grape and fruit wines and unusual blends. In 2003 we will be picking our first crop of haskaps (edible honeysuckle fruit) and Carmine Jewel cherries. Both were developed at the University of Saskatchewan, are 5-6 foot shrubs when mature, hardy to -50°F! We have the nets up and expect a good crop of both of them.
Our desire is not to compete with California or the other western states in making European wines, but to create quality wines which have their own style, flavor and bouquet made from fruit which lives comfortably (with care…) in the frigid winters & hotter’n hell summers of southeast Montana.
If you wish to contact us, you can call Bob at 406-853-1028, Marilyn at 406-853-1651 or Josh at 406-850-8325
The Tongue River Winery team— Bob, Marilyn and Josh Thaden
Inside the Winery
Space available for small parties
Bed & Breakfast
The B&B will be part of our home, right across the vineyard from the winery. We have 2 rooms available for guests, with the option of an evening meal, private wine tasting and wandering the property to their heart’s content. Tongue River B & B
Created in 1957, the Town and Country Club is a semi-private golf, social, and dining facility. The course, lounge and restaurant are open to the public. Memberships are available. The city and the club are noted for our western hospitality.
Town Pump Inc. is a privately held Montana owned and operated business dedicated to providing excellence in customer service and hospitality at a fair and competitive price. We are “team oriented” and “result driven”.
Town Pump Inc. is committed to:
Providing our customers excellence. Our entire business is based on being the best at providing customers’ quality and value and therefore we value our customers above all and continually respond to their changing needs.
Providing our team opportunities for personal and professional growth through our long-standing commitment to train, develop and promote from within. We recognize it is our team’s contributions that strengthen our ability to compete prosper and grow.
Fulfilling our responsibility to give back to Montana communities by providing financial support to social programs through charitable and corporate giving.
Building our resource base of personnel, technology and property to sustain our efficiencies and allow for future development.
Protecting and preserving our environment by investing in state of the art leak detection and leak prevention equipment. Town Pump is ever vigilant of environmental safety through our commitment to employ the best technologies available. Town Pump’s standards exceed federal and state environmental regulations.
Providing leadership in paying attention to every detail and communicating our team’s responsibility as caretakers of the business for our employees, customers and communities.
Traci Schell has been actively working in the health insurance business for over 20 years. We are proud to be known as a specialized health insurance agency, serving the Miles City area and surrounding communities of Eastern Montana. We have always enjoyed working with individuals, families, employers and those who are Medicare eligible to find the most suitable plan for their individual insurance needs.
Traci Schell Insurance also offers Annuities, Long Term Care, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance with the top rated and most trusted companies in the insurance industry!
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Transco Railway Products Inc. (TRPI) is one of the nation’s leading independent providers of freight car repair, modification and rebuilding services to the rail transportation industry. The Company was organized in its current form in 1967 as a combination of certain predecessor companies that had been in the railcar repair and component manufacturing business since 1936.
For over 70 years Transco has been providing quality rail car repair service and specialty replacement car parts to North America’s railroad industry. Our core values are focused on Safety, Integrity, Customer Service and Quality. Transco’s dedicated staff is committed to those core values with the ultimate goal of meeting our customer’s needs the first time, every time.
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity”
United Christian Church of Miles City is a merged congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
U.S. Bank can take every part of your business to new heights. From business lending to payment services. From equipment financing to commercial real estate. And, even the personal banking needs of every employee. U.S. Bank can do it with a level of service no other bank can match.
Whether your business is global or your world is local…. you don’t just get one of us, you get all of us serving you.
Helping self-employed, small business, individuals and families access innovative and affordable health coverage.
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Through its licensed life and health insurance companies, USHEALTH Group, offers quality coverage including Sickness and Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Life, Dental Coverage, Short-Term Accident Disability Income Insurance and much more!
Our Miles City Agronomy Center provides custom dry blended fertilizers, crop protection products and seed products. Our area agronomist works with growers to improve crop production and manage costs. This is accomplished by analyzing each grower’s individual needs and prescribing the right blend of inputs to maximize returns.
In Miles City we offer a full range of agronomy services:
Dry custom fertilizer blends
Crop production products
Spring and fall planting advice
Crop protection application
Latest information on pest control measures
With a legacy dating back to 1938, Valley Farmers Supply is a Montana based full service farm and ranch supply cooperative with operations in agronomy, bulk and retail fuel, propane, retail farm supply and convenience stores. Business interests are located in Worden, Hysham, Custer, and Miles City Montana.
Victory Insurance is a Montana owned and operated business founded by Montana employers and investors. Victory’s financial resources, insurance premiums and earnings stay in Montana working for Montanans.Victory is the only Montana owned Workers Compensation carrier in the State of Montana.At Victory Insurance Company, Inc. service and reliability are a winning combination for Montana employers
Victory Policy Services established a standard of excellence within our industry by delivering superior quality, professional, and personalized services.
Our team of highly qualified and experienced staff are there to answer phone calls and meet your needs. Working directly for you saves you time and money. Underwriting policies, delivering quotes, and processing directly in our office allows us to immediately process your requests which reduces your premium costs and saves you money.
Victory Insurance provides local, hands-on claims adjusting services by experienced Montana adjusters and worker’s compensation examiners. Victory prides itself on providing competent, effective and efficient processing of claims.
Victory works directly with employers and injured workers on a regular basis to resolve issues and to minimize lost time due to an injury. We are looking forward to meeting with you to discuss our services.
Preventing injuries and having a safe work place for employees saves time and money. Safety promotes a healthy environment for employees as well as employee job satisfaction and retention. Victory works directly with employers to custom design safety programs and services. Implementation and success of safety efforts are key components in Victory’s efforts to save your company money.
Victory’s access to current OSHA regulations and requirements will be a benefit to your business.