Bill Nicholson

Contact Information

Montana West Economic Development
44 Second Avenue West
Kalispell, MT 59901

Phone: (406) 249-9404
Fax: (406) 994-3391


Born and raised in Montana, Bill has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing operations management, leadership, and quality management systems, plus more than 20 years of hands-on teaching and implementation of the principles of Lean Manufacturing Systems. His early career was spent at Boeing and Honeywell, and he also ran a small 3D printing company. 

As a business advisor with MMEC for over 14 years, his background in operational excellence and lean manufacturing has helped him conduct transformational projects for many clients across the state. He is client focused, accountable, and a trusted partner to help you improve your business.


  • Strategic Planning & Mgmt
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Plant Operations
  • Lean Administration
  • Production System Design
  • Lean Engineering
  • Leadership Coaching / Training
  • Manufacturing Equipment
  • Feasibility Analysis 
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Product Costing / Margin Analysis
  • Growth Development
  • Shop Rate Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Profit/Loss Analysis
  • Problem Solving
  • Sales Leads
  • Automation& Equipment Justification
  • Financial Analysis
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Facility Layout
  • Hoshin Planning
  • High Performance Work Systems
  • CNC Machine Shop Management
  • Food/Beverage Manufacturing

Education & Professional Background

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology, Montana State University

Professional Credentials

  • PE License Mechanical Engineering – Washington State
  • MEP Emerging Leader 2012
  • RABQSA Lead Auditor (TPECS) Certificate #7700839-94502
  • Lean Bronze Certificate – SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineering)