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Slowdown taking toll on manufacturing in Montana

December 28, 2008View for printing

The last months of 2008 are proving to be trying times for many companies and workers in Montana's $1.2 billion manufacturing sector.

Businesses ranging from lumber mills and mines to upscale fly-rod makers are feeling the pain of the national economic slowdown. Some of the challenges faced by manufacturers could be ripped from the headlines or the nightly TV news: the housing slump, great uncertainty in the automobile industry, plunging prices for precious metals and cautious consumers.

By BUTCH LARCOMBE - For the Independent Record

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