Former Smurfit-Stone site renamed Frenchtown Technology and Industrial Center

2013-01-30T19:00:00Z 2014-03-15T15:35:23Z Former Smurfit-Stone site renamed Frenchtown Technology and Industrial CenterBy JENNA CEDERBERG of the Missoulian
January 30, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

The old Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. mill site has been officially renamed.

The site’s owners, Green Investment Group Inc., announced in a news release Wednesday it will be called the Frenchtown Technology and Industrial Center.

The new name better describes the site and will help as Green Investment Group representatives market it to potential tenants, the release said.

The company wants to market the site to “industrial manufacturers, specifically companies in oil field and oil equipment manufacturing, technology and chemical/biomass manufacturing operations, and emerging technology enterprises poised for commercialization.”

Green Investment Group bought the site in 2011 and has been working since to repurpose it for development. Crews recently demolished several large buildings on the site.

The release said roughly 40 local workers were hired during the cleanup process.

The site still includes more than 1 million square feet of building infrastructure suitable for warehouse, office, manufacturing and maintenance operations, the release said.

While no tenants have signed a lease at the site yet, Green Investment Group has “entertained interest from several prospects who believe the property has potential for their business expansion or relocation,” the release said.

“We are looking for the right fit and we believe one of the next steps in finding the right prospect is in developing the brand and announcing the many assets and infrastructure already in place for companies looking to expand or relocate their operation,” Green Investment Group co-founder Ray Stillwell said in the release.

Green Investment Group announced in late December it would move ahead with redevelopment plans even though government officials have recommended it for Superfund priority listing.

Reporter Jenna Cederberg can be reached at 523-5241 or at

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  1. Matthew Koehler
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    Matthew Koehler - February 01, 2013 1:51 pm
    Sometimes you can't even make up stuff better than what's found in the real world.

    I mean, the "Green Investment Group" wants to market the site to "Industrial manufacturers, specifically companies in oil field and oil equipment manufacturing."

    Good grief.....

  2. hellgatenights
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    hellgatenights - January 31, 2013 11:58 pm
    Proper name should be "Former Site of the LAST mill in Missoula County"
    Compliments of 40yrs of unlawful prosecution of blue collar jobs in Montana by the EPA and the State of Montana.

    In proper respect, a large, round fat bust of Mayor Pork Chops should stand here as well........the Obama loving progressive muttered "It is just one mill, we will find dozens of cottage industries to replace it."

    Just like Obama.......engen hasn't hasn't delivered so much as a paper route job.
  3. walter12
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    walter12 - January 31, 2013 7:29 am
    Fancy name for piles of junk so far. Missoula County got fooled again by leftists and so-called greenees.
  4. hellgatenights
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    hellgatenights - January 30, 2013 9:08 pm
    The Green Team bought this property with government loans visa vie the "Brownfield Act" and they will make some sweet coin when they sell the one big asset here........that is the water.

    The hicks working at the county dance to every tune the Green team plays so they will never really hear the music........there are millions of gallons of spring water on the property and it will fetch a great price.
  5. mtbluedog
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    mtbluedog - January 30, 2013 8:21 pm
    Ah, Green Investment Group is putting a shine on a t*rd with the new name Frenchtown Technology and Industrial Center! Hah, that's all the Greens will do is shine that t*rd and take grant money and run with it and break promises. They're just a bunch of hipsters out to rip people off. They call themselves "Green," but all that means is the $ they're after. I'm not in love with the Feds, but that site does need to be cleaned up and those "businessmen" need their as*ses kicked back across the Mississippi.
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