Conrad, MT-based Intercontinental Truck Body Co. will relocate operations to a site in Anaconda, outside Butte, MT in 2018, the company reports. The Conrad employees have been informed of the decision, and all have been offered employment at the new location if they accept the transfer. ITB also is presently exploring options for the present employees, according to a company news release. Once that phase is completed, then ITB will begin accepting applications and expects to double the work force in Anaconda. The move is projected to be completed during the summer.
ITB originally was exclusively a truck body manufacturer, but has diversified into defense contracting, mainly for the Air Force, in recent years and employs 15-20 people. It will take many months to renovate the Anaconda site, which is the old Arbiter Building and formerly part of the Anaconda Company’s operations. ITB will be fully operating near Conrad well into 2018, the company noted.
“This has been an incredibly hard decision to make since the community of Conrad has been so good to ITB over the years,” said Ron Ueland, the managing partner. “However, time has proven that our potential to expand exceeds the resources available in Teton County.”
ITB is a family held business owned by Ueland and his brothers-in-laws, Mike and Bert Robins, all Butte natives. The Robins brothers are the owners of SeaCast, Inc, with foundries in Seattle and Marysville, WA. They also own 50% of Montana Precision Products, an aerospace foundry near Butte that employees 150 people.
(EDITOR's NOTE: ITB is not affiliated with Alberta, Canada-based Intercontinental Truck Body.)