When U.S. Treasury Secretary Henery Paulson Jr. visited Billings Tuesday, he mentioned the many fishing and hiking trips he’s taken to Montana during his 30-year career as an investment banker.

But he said this was his first official visit, courtesy of an invitation from Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee.

In plain English, Paulson handles most of the money policies for President George W. Bush. Baucus is expected to run for a sixth term next year and is in charge of spending in the U.S. Senate.

Paulson toured a billings company, MRL Equipment Co. Inc, which makes road striping equipment for sale in the U.S. and other countries, and spoke during a community forum at Montana State University Billings.

Local Shop Visit

The Treasury Secretary’s visit was a public relations bonanza for MRL. Which saw its reputation praised in worldwide news media, including Bloomberg Dow Jones and Voice of America.

While no orders have rolled in yet, Chief Executive John Gonitzke and President Jim Spielman said the employees got pumped up by the visit arranged by Baucus’ office.

Meanwhile, the Billings manufacturer, also called Mark Rite Lines , is keeping a sense of humor about highway stripping. Check out the Web site: www.markritelines.com link to “Amazing Striping Bloopers.”

You’ll see how to paint highway lines over cattle guards or stripe a busy street in Karachi, Pakistan.

By Jan Falstad
Of the Billings Gazette Staff
Billings Gazette August 8th, 2007

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