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Titan Machinery Closing Three Montana Stores

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Titan Machinery announced it closed locations in Bozeman, Big Sky and Helena, leaving 38 people under the big sky without jobs.

And many Bozeman customers were surprised it is closed.

"I rent things from here about every two weeks, at least once a month," said Alan Schwammlein, Beartooth Signs owner.

Schwammlein went to return a dump trailer to Titan Machinery in Bozeman Thursday only to find the gate was locked.

He rented out the trailer two days ago.

"I didn't know they were closing when I rented it, but so be it," said Schwammlein.  "I'll find another place to rent from I guess."

Titan Machinery sells and rents agriculture and construction machinery. Company officials say they are closing eight stores all together across the country to put the company in a better position for future growth.

Official said some employees were offered positions at other Titan Machinery locations.

In Montana, 38 people were not offered new positions with the company, 22 of those are in Bozeman.

Russ Olsen is the president of R and R Taylor Construction, just down the road from Titan Machinery. He said he used Titan Machinery to get the equipment he needs to complete some of his jobs.

"We have some of Titan's equipment on our projects now," said Olsen. "I don't know what we will do when we go to turn it back."

Titan Machinery spokesman Kelly Larson said for now, people can still return their equipment where they got it.

"Before they are officially closed, there is a little bit of a transition time, for new business, yes, they are closed," said Larson.

In Bozeman and Big Sky you have until April 25 to return your equipment to Titan Machinery, after that you will have to go to Billings, Missoula or Great Falls.

Olsen said he won't drive that far to rent equipment.

"We've got good rental companies in the valley, there are several of them right in the Bozeman/Belgrade area, but they will have to take on the load," said Olsen.

Titan Machinery has 96 stores in eleven states, including Missoula and Billings.

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