Montana State University

Fall manufacturing conference set for Oct. 4 and 5 in Helena

September 8, 2006 -- from MSU News Service

Artist and inspirational business speaker Erik Wahl will give the keynote address at Compete Smart, Montana's premier manufacturing conference, Oct. 4-5 in Helena.   High-Res Available

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Bozeman - Montana manufacturers will be offered everything from practical advice to inspiration when they gather for "Extreme Makeover: It Starts with a Vision" at Compete Smart, Montana's premiere manufacturing conference, on Oct. 4 and 5 in Helena's Great Northern Hotel.

The event is co-hosted by Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) at Montana State University and NorthWestern Energy.

Erik Wahl will deliver the keynote address, "The Art of Vision." A noted inspirational speaker, Wahl combines a business message while producing a painting on stage. Wahl has been a keynote speaker for many of America's top corporations and a guest lecturer at the London School of Business. He has performed for organizations all over the world.

Other conference features include plant tours, a special student showcase at the University of Montana-Helena College of Technology, keynote luncheon, presentations by three Montana company leaders and a Montana product showcase.

Conference workshops both days are targeted for manufacturing leaders and managers. Strategies and practical tools will be offered for marketing internationally, implementing Lean manufacturing, improving business management and enhancing employee value.

On day two, three Montana companies will be under the spotlight in a segment called "eXtreme Challenges." Darrell Miller of Marks-Miller Post & Pole in Clancy, Jim Wright of Semitool in Kalispell, and Brad Reid of Diversified Plastics in Missoula will present tips for success.

Rounding out the conference will be exhibit booths and opportunities to network with manufacturing peers and allies. There will be a dinner tour at the Lewis & Clark Brewing Company Wednesday evening. The closing luncheon Thursday afternoon will feature a surprise guest who will both entertain and wrap up the event.

This is the fifth statewide Compete Smart conference arranged by MMEC, an outreach center in the Montana State University College of Engineering. Event sponsors include co-host NorthWestern Energy, Student Assistance Foundation, First Interstate Bank, Montana Community Finance Corporation, Montana Department of Commerce, Montana-Dakota Utilities, Technical Systems Integrators, MSU College of Engineering, Montana Chamber of Commerce, Montana World Trade Center, Sterling Savings Bank, UPS and several underwriters.

More details and registration fee information are available at or by calling (406) 994-3812.

Contact: Montana Manufacturing Extension Center at (406) 994-3812 or