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A sampling of businesses – large and small – that helps define Gillette, Wyoming's strong and well-balanced economic climate.

BLACK HILLS CORPORATION

Biz: Diversified energy company

Buzz: Focused on supplying energy to more than 750,000 customers, Black Hills Corporation provides natural gas and electric utilities. The company serves a variety of states, including Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Montana. Black Hills Corporation also comprises Black Hills Power, a utility that powers its plants using low-sulphur coal mined by Wyodak Resource Development Corporation near Gillette.

www.blackhillscorp.com

MAJOR METAL

Biz: Steel plate distributor

Buzz: Major Metal, the largest flame cutting facility in Wyoming, has been serving the state for more than 20 years. This steel plate distributor offers steel plate fabrication and specialty metal products, and strives to make customer service and satisfaction the top priority. Major Metal also provides plate bending and rolling, field measuring and galvanizing to meet each customer's needs.

www.majormetalservice.com

EXPRESSO LUBE

Biz: Oil change station and cafe

Buzz: Offering car maintenance services, as well as a full-service cafe, Expresso Lube keeps customers satisfied while their vehicles receive oil changes, tire rotations and other services. Expresso Lube's cafe provides breakfast and lunch paninis, soups, salads, wraps and various coffee beverages. In addition, wireless Internet and flat-screen televisions are available for customers to enjoy.

(307) 682-7339

K2 TECHNOLOGIES

Biz: Technology consulting and training firm

Buzz: K2 Technologies works to keep their clients' information technology systems functioning properly and effectively by providing technical support. In addition, telephone and wiring services are available to assist businesses of all sizes with their telecommunications needs. K2 Technologies also offers web design services, as well as hands-on training where groups or individuals can enroll in a number of classes.

www.k2technologies.net

CLARION HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

Biz: Hotel and meeting center

Buzz: Clarion Hotel & Convention Center provides an upscale experience, offering a variety of conveniences including wireless Internet and airport transportation, both of which are complimentary. The hotel is also home to Bootlegger's Grill & Speakeasy, serving lunch and dinner.

www.clarionhotel.com

Scorecard Business at a Glance

$446 million in annual retail sales

$12,327 in retail sales per capita

$53 million in annual hotel and food sales

3,683 - total number of firms

Source: U.S. Census QuickFacts