A Montana power company that had only two full-time employees when Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico has been tasked with restoring the power grid in the cash-strapped territory, according to a report Monday.
Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC. snagged the daunting $300 million contract from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Board of Governors and has been filling its workforce with at least 280 short-term contractors since the storms Sept. 20 landfall, according to the Washington Post.
Maria wrecked at least 80% of Puerto Rico’s power grid and will be the companys biggest job yet. It landed a recent contract to replace and upgrade just five miles of Arizonas transmission lines.
The business is based in Whitefish, where Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was raised. A spokesperson for the cabinet member said he had no role in securing the job, according to the paper.