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 featuredJim 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.
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.
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
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