THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2023 |  12:00 – 7:00 PM


The Montana Chamber of Commerce and the Montana Manufacturing Association brought together manufacturing leaders, business executives, and employees alongside business associations and legislators for this bi-annual powerhouse event featuring a full day of speakers, fireside chats, and panels, followed by a Trade Show & Reception with Governor Greg Gianforte.

The keynote featured Jim Vinoski (Pictured at right) who has spent his entire three-decade career in manufacturing.  He is currently President of Cosgrove Content LLC, which provides media services to the manufacturing industry, and host of Manufacturing Talks, a web show and podcast featuring the valuable business lessons the do-or-die world of manufacturing has to offer. Listen to Jim’s recent interview of Scott Sehnert, President of MMA. As a Contributor to Forbes, Jim has published more than 200 articles covering all facets of manufacturing and supply chain.

Read his article most recent article on Montana:  Bozeman Landed Hyundai’s New Horizons Studio R&D Center. Now Montana Is On The Hunt For More Manufacturing

Attendees also heard from companies like Accelerate Montana, Applied Materials, Biosqueeze, Bridger Brewing, Hi-Country Snack Foods, Media Training Center, Missoula College, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, Montana Silversmiths, Montana State University Innovation Campus, New Horizons Studio // Hyundai Motor Group, Nomad Global Communications Solutions, Simms, Spika Design & Manufacturing, TowHaul (Federal Signal), West Paw, and Wood’s Powr-Grip, to name a few.

The day ended with Gov. Greg Gianforte signing House Bill No. 212 – Business Equipment Tax Exemption into law. It raised the threshold from $100,000 to $1 million taking 5,000 small business off the tax roll,  with celebration by manufacturing industry leaders from around the state. The Reception & Trade Show followed to conclude the day.

Todd O’Hair, President/CEO Montana Chamber of Commerce

Scott Sehnert, Board President Montana Manufacturing Association

Jim Vinoski, Host—Manufacturing Talks

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Ken Hannah, Director of Operations—Applied Materials
Mark Ranalli, President / CEO—BioSqueeze
Lance Nierby, CEO—Montana Silversmiths
Lamont Kotter, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations—West Paw
Moderator: Paddy Fleming, Director—Montana Manufacturing Extension Center

Mark Fairbairn, Director & Site Leader—Boeing Helena

Scott Sehnert, President—Montana Manufacturing Association

Jenni West, Associate Director—Montana Manufacturing Extension Center

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Mike Braun, Director of Employer Partnerships—Accelerate MT
John Freer, Director of Trades EducationMissoula College
Moderator: Paul Gladen, Director—Accelerate MT

Christopher Friedel, Vice President & General Manager—TowHaul (Federal Signal)
Diane Bristol, Vice President of Community and Culture—Simms
Moderator: Todd O’Hair, President / CEO—Montana Chamber

David Sigler, Owner / Director of Sales—Bridger Brewing
Steve Fehrs, Chief Operations Officer—Hi-Country Snack Foods
Moderator: Scott Sehnert, President—Montana Manufacturing Association

John Suh, Founding Director—New Horizons Studio
Mark Sharpe, Executive Director—Montana State University Innovation Campus
Lynn-Wood Fields, Founder/CEO—Media Training Center
Moderator: Candace Carr Strauss, Vice President Marketing / Communications— Montana Chamber of Commerce

Will Schmautz, CEO—Nomad Global Communications Solutions
Bekhi Spika, Vice President / Director of Sales—Spika Design & Manufacturing
Bryan Wood, President—Wood’s Powr-Grip
Moderator: Courtney Kibblewhite, Chair—Montana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

  • Manufacturing & International Trade Day
     March 16, 2023
     12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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