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HELENA– On Thursday, Simms Fishing Products in Bozeman was named the 2018 Montana Manufacturer of the Year by the Montana Manufacturing Association (MMA), a subsidiary of the Montana Chamber of Commerce.

SIMMS will be presented with its award March 18 at the Delta Colonial in Helena at Manufacturing & International Trade Day during the event’s dinner.

“We are honored to receive this award and represent our manufacturing community – in Montana and nationally,” said Casey Sheahan, CEO of Simms Fishing Products. “While premium materials and closely guarded construction methods play a large role in the creation of our waders, it’s the people behind them that make them the best waders in the world. Because of our wader makers and our Montana manufacturing facility, we are able to champion careers in manufacturing and be a strong partner in our community.”

SIMMS manufactures GORE-TEX fly fishing waders and is in its 25th year of operation. The company rated the highest in the scoring categories of community impact, innovation of their products and workplace benefits.

For the first time, the MMA is recognizing two additional companies with Honorable Mention awards: Marks Lumber in Clancy and Ascent Vision Technologies in Belgrade. Marks Lumber has specialty forest products including timbers, rough-sawn boards, circle-sawn flooring and natural wood siding products. Ascent specializes in gyro-stabilized imaging systems and fully integrated solutions for Counter Drone Operations, ISR Missions and defense applications. Marks Lumber rated the highest in environmental excellence and safety, while Ascent scored the highest in market share/growth of the company.

“Each year I look forward to reviewing the applicants for Montana’s Manufacturer of the Year,” said Bryan Wood, owner of Woods-Powr Grip in Laurel and the chair of the MMA Board of Directors. “The past couple of years we have had such incredibly qualified applicants it has generated some great discussion among the Montana Manufacturing Association’s board members. This year’s applicants were good enough that they could undoubtedly have competed for manufacturer of the year in any state in the nation. Congratulations to SIMMS, Marks Lumber, Ascent Vision Technologies and all of the other great Montana companies who applied.”

For more information, including past winners of the award, go to


The Montana Manufacturing Association (MMA) is the statewide association for manufacturers and their supporters. The MMA works on a wide range of issues on behalf of manufacturers, including workforce training, international trade, and making a better economic climate for all manufacturers to thrive.

For Immediate Release
February 28, 2019
Media Contact: Communications Director Alexandria Klapmeier
(C) 406-437-4634 or [email protected]

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