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Tours of Urban Frontier House and Red Oxx Manufacturing Planned during Innovate Montana Symposium

JUST ADDED!!! The Innovate Montana Symposium just keeps getting better.

On the morning of Wednesday July 13 there will be tours of High Plains Architects’ Urban Frontier House and Red Oxx Manufacturing facility and storefront. The tours will start and end at the Northern Hotel, allowing you to check out Growing Montana’s Makers as well.  These tours are free and open to all, but space will be limited. Reserve your seat today and plan to arrive early and tour these amazing places.




Tour bus schedule

Red Oxx: 9:00 am and 10:30 am

Urban Frontier House: 9:30 am and 11:00 am

* Please plan to arrive 30 minutes before the bus departs. Sign up for the tours in the Northern Hotel Lobby.

About Red Oxx Manufacturing

Started by Jim Markel Sr. in 1986, the Red Oxx story continues today with Jim Markel Jr. and Perry Jones crafting the world’s finest luggage and sporting gear, all meticulously made by hand by dedicated craftsmen and women right here in America. Building a culture of true quality and highly valuing customers to the point of not allowing any middle-man to come between them has led to our credo “Not sold at a store near you.” The first factory and retail store combination was selected for its central location and low overhead.

While locating the business in a blighted area was not the original plan, it turned out to be an excellent financial strategy over the long haul. Today, the Red Oxx manufacturing production facility is still located just down the street, now in its eighth location with plenty of room to expand. Over the years, we’ve stayed connected to the local economy as our business expanded beyond the confines of Montana.

About the Urban Frontier House

The Urban Frontier House is a private residence on an infill lot in an older residential neighborhood. The house features wind, solar hot water, rainwater collection, on-site water purification, onsite waste treatment and a DC micro-grid. It has been designed to meet Passive House standards, is registered for Living Building Challenge and will be reviewed for LEED® for Homes “Platinum” certification.

Urban Frontier House was the inspiration for a 2014 TEDx talk given by Randy Hafer where he discussed "how a little house on the high plains of Billings, Montana can tackle some of the biggest problems facing people and the planet and provide a viable alternative solution."


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