claude smith

Contact Information

300 Central Ave., Suite 406
PO Box 949
Great Falls, MT 59401

Phone: 406-868-9474

Email: Claude Smith


Claude Smith moved to Grand Forks, ND from Flint, MI at the age of 11. All of his extended family worked in the automotive manufacturing industry in Flint or Detroit. A very successful athlete in high school and college, Claude graduated from Jamestown University with a B.A. in Biology and a Chemistry minor. He worked for the US Department of Energy for two years before going to work for The Pillsbury Company. He worked in various Pillsbury and Green Giant facilities in the areas of Quality Assurance and then Operations. He was trained as a Statistical Process Control trainer and spent several years travelling and instructing plant personnel in Total Quality Management in addition to his own factory responsibilities. Through the years Claude has worked for several food manufacturing companies using many different technologies and has filled roles as diverse as QA Supervisor, QA Manager, Process Control Manager, Production Manager, Warehouse Manager, Plant Engineer, Environmental Manager, Plant Manager, General Manager, Entrepreneur, and Consultant.

Claude lives in Great Falls, MT with his wife and dogs.


  • Food Manufacturing
  • Food Safety
  • Process Improvement
  • Capital Projects
  • Leadership
  • Automation

Education & Professional Background

  • B.A. Biology, Chemistry Minor: Jamestown College, Jamestown, North Dakota.
  • Professional Development courses include: FDA Better Process School, HACCP, Food Plant Sanitary Design, Statistics for Non-Statisticians, Lauhoff Good Manufacturing Practices School, Numerous classes on Total Quality Management and Statistical Process Control, (including a one-day seminar with Dr. W. Edwards Deming), LEAN, 5S, Situational Leadership I and II, Style Awareness, Public Speaking, DuPont STOP Safety Program, and many others.