Helping Montana's Manufacturers Succeed
Since MMEC was established in 1996, we have strengthened Montana's manufacturing economy by generating:
in new investment
in new and retained sales
new and retained jobs
in cost savings
These numbers are based on results from independent surveys we conduct with the manufacturing businesses that we assist. The surveys are submitted and approved by NIST as part of our annual reporting.
Each year we partner with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana to evaluate our overall client, identify trends and further measure out economic impact. Visit our reports page to view the latest report.
Spectrum Aquatics, which makes products for commercial swimming pools and spas, was pursuing opportunities to increase production at its Missoula facility. To prepare for a successful and sustainable increase in production, the company wanted to reduce long production lead times and improve its efforts to attract and retain skilled talent. MMEC helped the company create more than 23 new jobs and increase sales by $250,000.
Founded in 2011 in Kalispell, Thompson Precision is a machining and fabrication shop with a highly experienced team of 25 employees and a reputation for producing extremely high quality parts. In 2013, the company decided to pursue certification for their quality management system under the AS9100 standard, which allow them to work more extensively with the aerospace industry. MMEC helped the company develop its new quality management system, generating $3.3 million in new investment.
H-E Parts International is a leading independent supplier of parts, remanufactured components, and other equipment for the global mining, heavy construction and energy sectors. The Atlanta-based company has a Mining Solutions division in Billings with a team of over 70 employees. MMEC helped division managers learn and implement lean manufacturing practices, generating $750,000 in new investment.
In 1996, Montana native Spencer Williams purchased a small pet toy company in Livingston. Since then, West Paw has grown to employ 75 people and export to 35 countries. In its startup phase, West Paw worked closely with MMEC to set up efficient manufacturing processes and lay out the facility to optimize production flow. The ongoing partnership has generated more than $800,000 in new and retained sales.