Montana Manufacturing Association
The Montana Manufacturing Association (MMA) is the statewide association for manufacturers and their supporters. The MMA formed in 2001 (known then as the Montana Manufacturing Council) as a subsidiary of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. Many state chambers of commerce in the United States serve as their state's manufacturing association, as well.
West Paw Design Named 2016 Montana Manufacturer of the Year
The 2016 Award will be presented at Noon at Manufacturing & International Trade Day, March 1, 2017 at the Capitol in Helena. For information on MITD, click here. Apply for the 2017 "Manufacturer of the Year" award after January 1, 2018.
The MMA helps build manufacturing in Montana in these ways:
Manufacturers and their supporters are eligible to become members of the MMA at the base rate of $250 per year, plus $5 per Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employee in Montana.
Membership in the MMA brings an automatic membership in the Montana Chamber of Commerce, including all these benefits
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If you're already a member of the Montana Chamber, but not a member of the MMA, please contact any of the Montana Chamber team.
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The State of Montana Manufacturing 2016 report
The State of Montana Manufacturing 2015 report
Manufacturer of the Year awards
Check out the "Making It In America Infographic" NIST MEP
For the recent national study on manufacturing, go here:
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Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC)
The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) is a not-for-profit, economic development organization helping manufacturers with engineering, technical and business management issues. MMEC has been operational since 1996 and has assisted many Montana companies with both short- and long-term projects involving quality systems, lean manufacturing, product costing, plant layout, software selection, and more. The Montana Manufacturing Association co-sponsors MMEC's biennial "Compete Smart" Montana Manufacturing Conference. MMA members receive discounts on MMEC programs and services.
Montana World Trade Center
The Montana World Trade Center (MWTC) works to increase international trade through public-private partnerships, business networking, and student education. http://www.MWTC.org
Bureau of Business & Economic Research, University of Montana
The Bureau of Business and Economic Research focuses on manufacturing in Montana by producing an annual "State of Montana Manufacturing" an annual manufacturing survey, highlighting manufacturing in the annual "Economic Outlook" and "Economic Update", and running the Montana Manufacturers Information System (MMIS). http://bber.umt.edu/manufacturing/default.asp
Manufacturing Consortium of Montana
The vision for the Manufacturing Consortium of Montana (MCMT) is to serve as a single point of entry where manufacturing firms can obtain assistance in manufacturing automation, technical product development, management methods, advanced materials and processes, engineering support and assistance with design practices, quality, efficiency, and productivity methods. The MCMT will be designed to bridge the gap between basic research and mature development in the manufacturing sector. www.ManufacturingMT.com
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
The Montana Manufacturing Association is a member of this national organization and is recognized as one of the State Association Group (SAG) under its umbrella. Each state can only have one SAG member. As such, Montana Manufacturing Council members get access to information not available to nonmembers. MMA President/CEO Webb Brown was recently elected a member of the Board of Directors of NAM. http://www.NAM.org
Conference of State Manufacturers Associations (COSMA)
COSMA is an informal organization that provides a forum for its member state associations to:
COSMA meets once per year for a professional conference, organized by the hosting state association. The 2015 conference was hosted by Montana in Big Sky July 25-29. MMA President/CEO Webb Brown is the 1st Vice President of COSMA in 2016.
Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
EXIM Bank is a federal government agency that provides support for small business exporters by offering export credit insurance and working capital loan guarantees to fulfill export sales. With export credit insurance, you can obtain financial due diligence on foreign buyers, agents and distributors you meet with, and because the insurance covers you against nonpayment by foreign buyers, you can offer credit terms up front and close the deal faster! If you would like to chat with your Montana EXIM Regional Director, Sandra Donzella, please click here: http://grow.exim.gov/sandra