Kootenai River Development Council of Libby has received $17,800 in grant funding from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund of the Montana Department of Commerce for the purpose of bringing a sawmill to Libby.
The grant request was written by Paul Rumelhart, the KRDC’s executive director.
The agency received the funding to complete a conceptual and schematic design for the installation of a small-band sawmill capable of processing large-diameter timber.
According to the funding request, the mill would be located in the Kootenai Business Park, and once developed, would bring five new jobs.
The mill is the brainchild of John Guiliani, a Montana native, who is CEO of Montana Timber Products of Anaconda.