Merging company

Montana Broom & Brush partners with 360 Solutions

Montana Broom & Brush has been a leading company in the Butte community for 103 years. The company, located at 1245 Harrison Ave., started out producing, of course, brooms and brushes. Now he supplies all types of industrial and commercial products in southwestern Montana.

That’s quite an achievement considering the company has thrived since 1919 despite the Great Depression, WWII and other wars, numerous strikes (mining and otherwise), and several recessions. Even a fire on April 21, 2003, which completely destroyed the store and its inventory, could not slow down business for long. The company didn’t just rebuild, a decision was made to expand.

“It was an investment we made for our customers and Butte,” said Mike Hitchcock, company president.

In its more than 10-decade history, the Hitchcock family has been pretty much at the helm. Hitchcock began his full-time career in the family business 42 years ago with a sister, Liz Hitchcock Hareland. Her husband, Greg Hareland, would join the company 10 years later.

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Nothing has changed at any of his supply stores – not in Butte, not in Helena, Billings, Missoula or Great Falls, except for one important thing. On August 1, the company merged with 360 Office Solutions, and Hitchcock is thrilled to partner with this long-time Montana company.

While the business will now fall under the 360 ​​umbrella, along with two other Montana companies, Technology by Design and J2 Business Products, Montana Broom & Brush will retain its name and brand.

“We were interested in having someone work with us to help keep our business going,” Hitchcock said, “so far so good!”

“So far so good” is an understatement.

According to Hitchcock, his clients wholeheartedly accepted the transition, which he and his colleagues had made as smooth as possible.

“Our customers have been very supportive,” Hitchcock said.

Jess LaDouceur, general manager of the 360 ​​Butte office, is also delighted with the transition.

“It was a fun adventure merging the two branches,” she said.

Another advantage — due to the merger, the inventory of products of both companies has increased.

Founded in Billings 77 years ago, 360 has locations not only in Butte but also in Kalispell, Missoula, Billings, Helena, Great Falls, Bozeman and Missoula.

Adding MB&B to the 360 ​​brand was a win-win for both parties.

“We serve the community better,” LaDouceur said. “Now we are able to offer new products that we never had access to before.”

LaDouceur has worked in this field since 2006. His career began at Empire Office Machines, which was purchased by 360 in November 2015.

Statewide, 360 employs more than 200 people.

Their inventory is also vast and varied. The 77-year-old company offers, among other things, office furniture, printers and photocopiers, technological services and office automation.

“We feel lucky to live in such a beautiful state,” LaDouceur said. “Our consultants and client representatives are career professionals dedicated to our industry and helping our clients find the best solutions for their business.”

Now, after a few months of working under the same roof, 360 and Montana Broom & Brush are ready to celebrate their partnership with an open house. The Butte-Silver Bow Chamber’s “After Hours” event will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 3 at 1245 Harrison Ave.

Hitchcock can’t wait for the day of the party to arrive.

“We are able to maintain our business,” Hitchcock said, “and we will be able to continue to provide quality goods and services.”