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Shane Cantrell selected to lead Missoula office for MSU’s manufacturing outreach

June 29, 2017 -- MSU News Service

Shane Cantrell has been selected to lead MMEC's Missoula office.

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BOZEMAN - The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center at Montana State University has hired Shane Cantrell to lead MMEC’s Missoula office. As business adviser for MMEC’s western Montana region, Cantrell will help businesses in that area become more profitable and achieve competitive advantage.

A Montana native, Cantrell earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and management engineering at MSU’s College of Engineering. Later, he acquired his Lean Bronze Certificate from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He has more than 10 years of experience in lean manufacturing, value stream mapping, quality management systems and operations management.

Cantrell plans to establish a Society of Manufacturing Engineers Lean Bronze training program in the Missoula area. The program will enable manufacturing professionals to become part of the Lean Certification Alliance, a collaborative, problem-solving network for manufacturers. He plans to explore other ways of bringing together manufacturing businesses and other partners to develop a skilled labor force, find beneficial ways of applying automation technology and raise awareness of MMEC’s services.

“We look forward to impressive results from Shane’s work with the manufacturers of Missoula and west-central Montana,” said Paddy Fleming MMEC director.

Previously, Cantrell worked with Reliable Granite and Tile as an operations manager for two years and as an independent consultant for more than seven years. While pursuing his graduate degree in industrial engineering at MSU, he worked for more than two years with MMEC as part of the University Technical Assistance Program (UTAP), which partnered MSU engineering graduates with manufacturing companies on a wide variety of projects.

MMEC, which is housed in the College of Engineering at MSU, works with manufacturers to help them grow, innovate and make their businesses more profitable. MMEC has field offices in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula.

Cantrell’s office will be located at 1121 East Broadway Street in Missoula. He can be reached at 406-595-0679 or

Contact: Paddy Fleming,, (406) 994-3812.