CTL Thompson opens Montana office

CTL|Thompson, Inc. a full-service geotechnical, structural, environmental and materials engineering firm based in Denver, has opened a satellite office in Bozeman.

The new office will allow CTL to provide construction observation and materials testing services, engineering investigation and design services to assist development, design and construction companies in the region. The new satellite office was established in cooperation with Western Materials Testing, located at 1401 Gold Ave., Bozeman.

CTL has provided significant geologic and geotechnical engineering services for large-scale development at the Big Sky and Moonlight Basin ski areas. The company’s goal is to provide increased engineering support for clients and projects in the residential, commercial and municipal markets of Big Sky, Bozeman and the surrounding regions.

James D. Kellogg, P.E., is the manager of CTL’s operations in Montana. Kellogg has more than 20 years of experience in engineering consultation for mountain development and construction and water resource engineering. Ryan Demars, E.I.T., a Billings native and graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman, is the primary field engineer for CTL’s Montana work.

CTL will share office and laboratory space with Western Materials Testing. The two companies have formed a mutually beneficial relationship that will expedite and expand the services they provide to clients. Bozeman staff will handle most field and laboratory work. More specialized materials testing can be conducted by experts at CTL’s Denver-based lab, one of the only labs in the country with unique fly ash and cement analysis and expertise.

Aurora to acquire Blackmore, Bozeman Lidar company

Aurora is pleased to announce that it plans to acquire the industry-leading lidar company Blackmore, located in Bozeman.

Lidar is critical for developing a reliable self-driving system that can navigate roads more safely than a human driver. Blackmore’s pioneering work in FMCW technology has illuminated the future of automotive lidar. Blackmore starts with photonic hardware proven in the optical fiber communications industry. Signal processing then maximizes FMCW’s advantages of real safety margin, chip-level scalability and all-weather performance. Aurora believes that Blackmore’s technology will allow us to deliver a safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective Driver than even the best systems available on the market today.

And companies, of course, aren’t just about the technology — they’re about the people who build that technology. Aurora is thrilled to welcome the Blackmore team. It brings deep expertise and diverse perspectives. With a fourth Aurora office located in Bozeman, are in a position to attract top talent from an even more diverse pool.

Olivelle wins two ‘Food Grammys’

Competing against nearly 2,000 products worldwide, Olivelle took home the Specialty Food Association’s highly sought after sofi Award for Best New Product in both the vinegar and seasoning category in the Specialty Food Association’s 2019 sofi Awards competition.

In the $127 billion specialty food industry, a sofi is a like winning a Grammy Award. According to Phil Kafarakis, president of the food association, “a sofi stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation and represents the best of the best from members of the Specialty Food Association.”

“This year’s winners represent a devotion to excellence and innovation in specialty food that continues to fuel our industry, excite consumers and expand retail offerings around the world,” Kafarakis said.

The Sofi Awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs with more than 3,500 members worldwide.

The Vine-Ripened Raspberry Vinegar and Black Garlic Infused Sea Salt are two of the 148 winners selected from nearly 2,000 entries across 39 categories. Every entry is carefully assessed by a national panel of passionate and knowledgeable food professionals including chefs, culinary experts, academics, food writers, and category buyers. Products are judged on taste, ingredient quality and innovation.

Abby Lynes can be reached at alynes@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2651. Follow her on Twitter @Abby_Lynes.

Abby Lynes covers business and the economy for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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