The Montana Connections Park and the Port of Montana

The Benefits of Having the Port of Montana within MCBDP boundaries

As we’ve discussed on this blog before, the Port of Montana is a full-service transload, warehouse and distribution facility. It’s specially designed to help businesses thrive, with all the necessary equipment, staffing and space to help companies expand into new markets, without costing a fortune.

Located within the boundaries of our industrial park, the Port boasts numerous benefits to all of our clients. Here are five ways the Port can help your business take off.

The Port of Montana is a designated Foreign Trade Zone


A Foreign Trade Zone is an area within the United States physically, but outside of U.S. customs territory. In layman’s terms that means goods are not subject to import tariffs, helping with cash-flow and inventory control, among numerous other benefits. (Read more about the benefits of Foreign Trade Zones.)

The Port is the only designated FTZ within a five-state radius — which means it’s the only spot within a five-mile radius that offers such valuable tax benefits.

Tap into MCBDP’S Transportation hub

Nestled at the intersection of major interstates I-15 and I-90, along both the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroads, the MCBDP is the gateway to the west and its numerous manufacturing cities, like Salt Lake City and Seattle. There are many benefits of being a transportation hub and with the transload and distribution services of the Port, it’s easy to tap into those benefits.

A map of the railroad system in Butte Montana


The Port helps your business transfer rail shipments to trucks, truck-to-truck and truck-to-rail. Moreover, the Port will load and store products and commodities from rail cars to truck for “Just-in-Time” delivery, offer pick-and-pack services and help with scheduling and shipment coordination.

All of the Port’s distribution procedures are with you in mind — with efficiency and safety the top priorities.

Access to equipment

The Port’s equipment is of top quality and fits the needs of businesses across all industries. It houses 124,00 square feet of indoor storage, 250-rail car storage spaces, five docking areas and two certified scales. And Port equipment can move up to 86,000 pounds per unit.

Speciality equipment includes:

  • Bulk, liquid and gas handling and storage
  • Forklift capacity up to 46,000 pounds
  • Piggy-Packer lift capacity to 86,000 pounds
  • Loading ramp for direct transfer from end-dump to gondola
  • Conveyor system for bulk transfer between railcars and trucks
  • Paved outside storage
  • Railcar storage


A green train car with the Port of Montana printed on the side.



The Port has helped businesses across diverse industries flourish for the past 30 years. In fact, the Port has worked with clients in rail, agriculture, automobile, trucking, forest products, silicon, ore concentrates, fertilizer, road treatment, and fuels.  That means no matter what industry you’re in, the Port has the experience to tailor their services to your particular needs.

Safe & Secure facility

Like aforementioned, the Port has 124,000 square feet of indoor storage. All of that space is well lit and secured with 24/7 camera monitoring, so you don’t have to worry about your inventory’s security.

For more than 30 years the Port of Montana has helped customers expand their market. Now it’s your turn.

The Best Food in Butte

A Legacy of Memorable Eateries that Lives on to This Day

Butte is a city born out of immigration. People from around the world — Ireland, England, Lebanon, Canada, Finland, Austria, Italy, China, Montenegro, and Mexico — flocked to the city in the late 19th century in the hopes of creating a better life for themselves and their families.

This immigration not only shaped Butte’s culture but also created a legacy of rich, unique food — a legacy that lives on in Butte today. Walk through Butte’s historic uptown and open your taste buds to all the city has to offer.

Here are five classic joints to get you started.

M&M Bar and Cafe

Opened in 1890, the diner used to serve miners 24/7 — its various owners ceremoniously tossing away the keys at the beginning of their tenure. From diner, to saloon, to gambling house (with a brief stint as a speakeasy during prohibition) the M&M has had many different faces but has always been a staple of the community and a gathering place for its residents for over 100 years.

A brick building with M&M on the side and on a sign.









Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the M&M has been refurbished with classic diner Art Deco and can be spotted down the street with its glowing neon sign. It’s known for its burger, but also makes mean French Toast and delicious Bloody Mary’s.  

Front Street Market









The quintessential neighborhood grocery that opened nearly 30 years ago is the heart of Butte, serving specialty, delectable foods that draws Butte citizens and tourists alike. Front Street operates a full-service Italian deli (with Cajun influences), known for smoked meats, a wide selection of gourmet cheeses, homemade sandwiches, wonderful pie and thousands of bottles of wine. Plus, the personality of its owners and friendly demeanor of the staff make the small little market a treat to visit

Joe’s Pasty Shop

A pasty with beef and potatoes covered with cheese, onions, and gravy.









Joe’s is a low-key off-the-beaten-path diner that’s known for its classic Butte delicacy — pasties (A Cornish dish of meat, potatoes, and onions wrapped in a crust). Opened in 1947, Joe’s current owners (who bought the joint in the 1990s) still use the original pasty recipe. The family recipe is so delicious, Joe’s was featured for it on the Travel channel in 2017.

Freeway Tavern

A fried fish sandwich with pickles and french fries arranged nicely on a plate.












Known as the Wop Chop, Freeway’s legendary pork sandwiches were once the favorite of the daredevil, Evel Knievel and now the favorite of the entire city (which is saying something in a city full of pork sandwiches).  Located off I-90, the diner opened in 1962 and still uses a top-secret, family recipe for its sandwich. Like Joe’s Pasty Shop, Freeway was showcased on the Travel Channel and is a favorite for both tourists and Butte citizens alike.

Headframe spirits

Not an eatery per say, the notorious distillery opened its doors in 2010 to celebrate Butte’s unique cultural heritage. Even their name, named after the headframes that lowered miners deep into the earth, is a nod to its home city.

Combine Headframe’s famous “Orphan Girl” bourbon, named after an old mine of the same name, with root beer and ice for a delicious, flavor explosion (that tastes like the adult version of a root beer float).

An assortment of spirits, light and dark, from Headframe Spirits in Butte.










We’ve listed five classic Butte eateries, but with the city’s unique history, and its dedication to traditional, outstanding food, there are dozens of other restaurants that are worth visiting. For a small-town — Butte has a big appetite.

What is the Port of Montana?

At Montana Connections Business Development Park, we’re lucky enough to house the Port of Montana within our borders. The Port has helped business across a diverse sector of industries flourish for the past 30 years.

But what exactly is the Port of Montana? Glad you asked.

Simply put, it’s a full-service transload, warehouse and distribution facility. Let’s break that down even further.


The Port is classified as a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Premier Transloader and Union Pacific NetEx Certified Transload Facility. The Port earned the distinction by investing in modern infrastructure, by offering plentiful indoor and outdoor storage and by having the equipment to ease all your transload needs.

Such equipment includes a Piggy-Packer with capabilities to lift up to 86,000 pounds, a rail loading ramp, and scales for both trucks and rail. (Check out a list of all the on-site support the Port offers here.)

With experience transferring products from lumber to liquid magnesium, the Port is able to assist your company — no matter your commodity — with transfer of freight effectively and securely.


The Port is served by both the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroads, allowing for easy distribution both east-west and north-south. The Port offers direct transfer between rail and truck (with a conveyor belt system for bulk transfer), scheduling and shipment coordination as well as storage and inventory control. Their distribution services are uniquely tailored to both the industry and company.

These customized distribution plans work great for a wide-variety of industries, including agriculture, fuel, petroleum, ore, fertilizer and auto, among others.


The Port is home to 124,00 square feet of indoor storage — an estimated 250-rail car storage spaces, five docking areas, and two certified scales.

The indoor storage is well-lit and secured with 24/7 video camera monitoring, while the outdoor storage is paved and open for bulk, liquid and gas handling. The latter has a forklift capacity of up to 46,000 pounds and a Piggy-Packer lift capacity to 86,000 pounds.

All Port customers are guaranteed the flexibility to consolidate or separate shipments for premium distribution.

Moreover, as we’ve discussed on this blog before, the Port of Montana is considered a Foreign Trade Zone. Essentially, an FTZ is a secure site located within the United States physically, but outside of U.S. customs territory. Which means that your company will not have duties assessed until after the product leaves the Zone.

The combination of the Port’s FTZ status, access to both the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroads and its transload, distribution, warehouse and storage capabilities makes doing business in Butte just the smart thing to do.