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Stinger Welding reportedly closing Libby operation

Published On: Feb 10 2013 08:12:26 PM MST
LIBBY, Mont. -

Stinger Welding is reportedly shutting down its Libby operations soon. A Lincoln County commissioner tells NBC Montana that employees were told the company’s bridge building facility in Libby would be closed within two to three weeks. Employees were reportedly offered  jobs in Arizona. 

The company’s CEO, Carl Douglas, died in a plane crash in Lincoln County back in December. NBC Montana is told that the company has put itself into a voluntary receivership, as the company figures out its ownership in coming days. 

The company reportedly employed as many as 80 people at one time in the Libby area. Lincoln County currently has the highest unemployment rate in Montana.