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MSU’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) opens office in Billings to serve eastern Montana

September 1, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Alistair Stewart has been hired to staff the new MMEC office at MSU Billings’ City College campus, where he will collaborate with City College on Montana’s RevUP workforce development grant.

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Montana State University’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center has hired a new outreach professional and opened a new office to serve Billings and eastern Montana.

Alistair Stewart has been hired to staff the new MMEC office at MSU Billings’ City College campus, where he will collaborate with City College on Montana’s RevUP workforce development grant.

Stewart can be reached at (406) 606-0050. He will start Sept. 14. His office will be in the Technology Building at City College, 3803 Central Avenue, Billings. Stewart will be assisted part-time in his efforts by Dale Detrick, who held the position for 10 years until he retired in 2012. Detrick can be reached at (406) 581-8063.

Stewart will cover most of eastern Montana from Livingston to Malta and all points east, assisting manufacturers with issues related to growth, innovation, efficiency, compliance and management. One area of focus will be to help optimize supply chains for operators in the Bakken oil fields. 

Stewart has more than 33 years of experience in improving the profitability of companies and has worked with Baxter Healthcare, British Gas and MMEC’s sister organization in Chicago, Ill. His professional certifications include Six Sigma Green Belt, Benchmarking Professional, Master Business Innovator, Sustainability Practitioner, and Business Growth Coach.

Stewart was also the 2015 manufacturing and operations track chair for the annual Growth Conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals in San Diego, Calif. Stewart has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Plymouth and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. 

MMEC is an outreach program of the College of Engineering at MSU and is affiliated with the National Institute of Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership. With its home office in Bozeman and field offices in Great Falls, Missoula, Kalispell and Helena, MMEC has provided assistance to more than 1,000 clients across Montana -- from Alzada to Yaak and Lima to Westby -- in 54 of Montana's 56 counties. Learn more at: http://www.mtmanufacturingcenter.com/.

The eastern Montana MMEC position was made possible by funding championed by Gov. Steve Bullock and approved by the 2015 Montana Legislature.

As part of Bullock’s Main Street Montana project, a manufacturing Key Industry Network was formed in late 2014. This group of manufacturers determined that one of the largest threats to manufacturing in Montana was lack of state funding for MMEC to cover eastern Montana.  

Contact: Paddy Fleming, director, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, (406) 994-3974 or pfleming@coe.montana.edu; or Alistair Stewart, (406) 606-0050 or alistair.stewart@montana.edu