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Bullock looks to diversify Montana's economy

By MATT VOLZ
Associated Press
   MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Steve Bullock put on safety glasses and walked the
factory floor of Diversified Plastics. Beside him, Brad Reid explained how the
plastic gears his company makes are superior to steel ones traditionally used in
machinery from ski lifts to wastewater plants.
   To Bullock, the Democratic candidate for governor, Diversified Plastics
illustrates what is right with the business climate in Montana, but it also shows
where government can do better.
   That's a central theme of the 46-year-old attorney general's campaign for
governor: Montana is doing well compared to other states struggling to emerge
from the Great Recession. But there are areas it can improve.
   He says the government must encourage small businesses so the state can
diverify its economy.
   Bullock faces former Republican Rick Hill in the Nov. 6 election.
   AP-WF-10-13-12 1404GMT

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