ALCOM Plant Manager Ron Neibauer. Alcom produces high-end aluminum trailers in its 100,000 square foot facility in Bonner, MT.
Edward O'Brien

Bonner's former Stimson plywood mill east of Missoula shuttered its doors back in 2008. To the casual observer, the site’s drab exterior along Highway 200 suggests very little has happened there since. It turns out just the opposite is true.

Inside, 17 businesses are thriving on the 170-acre site, and several could be directly affected by the Trump administration’s new tariffs on aluminum and steel.

Hay field. File photo.

Montana's congressional delegation is criticizing President Trump's order to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, saying that the decision will harm the state's farmers and ranchers.

There are hundreds of microbreweries scattered across the Mountain West. In fact, in parts of our region there are more breweries per capita than most anywhere else in the country.

Many of them sell their beers in aluminum cans. So with the Trump administration’s proposal to slap a steep tariff on imported aluminum, the beer industry is feeling nervous.