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Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC)

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The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) is a statewide manufacturing outreach and assistance center focused on growing Montana’s economy by helping manufacturers succeed in a nationally and globally competitive environment.  Part of the NIST MEP National Network, we have access to an extensive network of resources throughout Montana and the U.S.  

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, MMEC provides Montana manufacturers with hands-on assistance plus the knowledge and resources needed for growth, innovation and profit enhancement.  Staffed by proven professionals with extensive manufacturing and business experience in a variety of industries, our team can help you achieve positive, measurable, and sustainable growth for your top and bottom line.  Our areas of expertise include product and market development, strategic and exit planning, workforce/talent development, business financials, food safety and processes, quality management, lean manufacturing, supply chain optimization, and many others. 

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Success Stories

“Leaning” In for More Tea Time

Report Year
2020
In order to achieve their mission of providing quality products while maintaining high customer service and strong relationships, Tumblewood Teas owners, Riza Gilpin and Laurie Rennie, wanted to reduce waste and increase efficiency. Located in a small agricultural town on the banks of the Yellowstone River, the company was also faced with

"The return on investment for us has been tremendous, and we’re continuing to partner with MMEC to improve our overall competitiveness and ensure long-term success."

—Shane Pence, North American Strategic Projects Manager

Created March 18, 2019, Updated February 11, 2021