Today we are excited to announce that U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, the Montana Manufacturing Association, the Manufacturing Alliance of the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center and the Montana Chamber Foundation are co-sponsoring the 2018 Montana Manufacturing Jobs Summit. The summit will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell on November 8-9, 2018.
“Montana’s manufacturers are leaders in innovation and support thousands of good-paying jobs across our state. The 2018 Montana Manufacturing Summit will showcase our state’s successes and provide an opportunity for workers, small business owners, and policymakers to come together and share ideas about how to continue growing this important industry in our state,” Daines stated.
“Manufacturing in the Treasure State used to mean sawmills and refineries,” said Montana Manufacturing Association President Webb Brown. “Fortunately, we still have them and so much more. Manufacturing jobs pay higher than average job, accomplishing one of the goals of Envision 2026, our ten-year strategic plan. We’re delighted to work with Senator Daines on another summit to create a Greater Montana.”
Montana is the fastest growing state for manufacturing GDP in the nation with $3.2 billion in manufacturing GDP in 2016— a $1.2 billion increase from 2011. From high-tech production of parts for Boeing’s newest planes to Montana’s local microbreweries producing high-quality beers, the Treasure State is home to thousands of manufacturing jobs across numerous sectors.
The Summit will bring together state and national leaders in manufacturing, trade, and economic policy to highlight Montana’s booming manufacturing industry and share ideas about how to grow economic opportunities in the state.
Summit speakers and sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks. Additional information regarding schedule and registration will be made available at www.MTManufacturingSummit.com .