New Billings-area meat processor could handle 25K head of cattle a year

AJ Etherington

Looking out over pasture lands, gravel hills and the distant Pryor Mountains south of Billings is a windowless, granite-colored building perched high on a prominent hill.

The freshly constructed facility will soon house one of Montana’s largest beef processing plants, which will significantly increase Montana’s capacity to butcher, process, pack and ship its beef straight to consumers nationwide.

Blue Creek Marbled Meat Company is a $7 million investment in Yellowstone County from Spencer Griffin and his family. The Griffins own Auto Auctions of Montana in Billings as well as a cattle operation off Blue Creek Road. Griffin told the Gazette the idea sprang up in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the nation. He approached his newly hired marketing director Tanner Gambill and his wife, Stephanie, about managing a meat processing plant.

The two Gambills had helped run his parent’s meat processing facility in Forsyth before leaving the business and ending up at AAM. By the end of 2020, they had agreed to take on the challenge of running the company. 

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