Construction equipment is one of the biggest jobs that could be done at the Halla plant in Montanans main industrial hub, Halla, said John Miller, a senior vice president at Halla.
He expects to start construction in April on a new $1.2 billion, $1 billion-plus structure to be built on the site.
The facility, which is expected to be ready for use in the next two years, is expected not only to build Halla’s existing equipment, but to bring new products into the state and to make new ones.
The plant, built at the former Halla and Halla Industrial Park in downtown Montanas south suburban neighborhood, is also expected to provide jobs in its own right, but that could take years.
Miller said Halla had about a dozen employees when it first opened in 2006, but since then the company has grown to more than 1,000 employees.
The company also now employs more than 200,000 people in a wide variety of industries, including construction, transportation, warehousing, utilities and energy.
With Halla opening, Miller said it’s expected to employ about 3,000 more workers at Hallas main factory.
Halla said its goal is to hire more than 4,000 full-time employees by 2019, which would include people who have been with the company since 2005.
Miller added that while he’s not sure what type of jobs the new Halla will create, he hopes the new facility will generate new revenue and bring some new revenue to the company.
Miller said Hallas expansion will also bring additional revenue to Halla through increased sales of equipment and other goods, as well as increased spending by the company in the areas of capital equipment, power and other maintenance.
The equipment was bought and built in 2007 and is being used in other projects, including a new water line, which will be used in new buildings in Montanas north suburban city of Glen Rose.
The $1 million price tag for the Hallas equipment is $1,000 per square foot, which the company expects to grow to about $1 per square meter, said Miller.
The new facility is expected be ready in about two years.
“I think it’s going to be a really good thing for the city and for the state of Montana,” said Miller, who added that he’s been in touch with the local government, and the state, to see what needs to be done to make the construction as smooth as possible.
A Halla spokesman, Brian Jones, said the company will continue to operate the Hallawalla site, and Hallawella will continue its efforts to move forward with construction.
“Our goal is the facility to be complete and functional as soon as possible,” Jones said.
This article was originally published at 12:17 p.m. PT.