This is huge news for Glendive and Eastern Montana. An ammo manufacturing business is setting up shop in Glendive with a $125 million investment that should eventually lead to 350 good paying jobs in Montana. I spoke with the company's CEO Thursday.

Andy Mansoor is the CEO of Brixtel Defense. They build ammo for our nation's military and her allies. They make ammo anywhere from 9 mm to 50 cal.

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte (R-MT) announced the news Wednesday from Glendive.

Gov. Greg Gianforte: Montana is proudly home to over 150 innovative firearms and ammunitions businesses – the highest per capita in the country. We’re thrilled to welcome Brixtel Defense to Big Sky Country, and appreciate the ammunition leader’s investment in our state and people.

In a press release announcing the news, Brixtel Defense CEO Andy Mansoor highlighted the patriotic workforce in Eastern Montana.

Brixtel CEO Andy Mansoor: In an era where outsourcing is commonplace, we choose to invest in the heart of our nation. We are proud to announce $125 million investment in Montana.

I first met Mansoor last summer at the Montana Chamber's Governor's Cup events in Kalispell. He told me back then how his company was eyeing Eastern Montana for a facility- so this was great to hear the news actually coming to fruition. He joined us Thursday morning on the show from Glendive, while Brixtel was hosting a job fair at the Glendive Chamber.

Why Eastern Montana?

Andy Mansoor: We want to make an impact in the community. We want to be the Good Samaritan and a good citizen, and eastern Montana is just beautiful, it's vast. People are very welcoming across the state, but Eastern Montana is just not any different from that. And we felt we could have the largest impact in here, over here in this part of the state...Eastern Montana is very excited for us and it's very heartfelt and heartwarming for us to see that that we are going to make an impact on people's lives.

Full audio of our chat with Mansoor and Jason Stuart with the Dawson County Economic Development Council is below.

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