Baucus, Tester kick-start manufacturing center in Butte America

(U.S. SENATE) – Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester this week secured a new investment to create jobs and boost Montana’s manufacturing sector.

The Butte Local Development Corporation (BLDC) earned a $200,000 award from the Economic Development Administration (EDA).  The grant, known as the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership award, will be used to establish the Montana Center of Manufacturing Technology in Butte.

The center will be housed at the Mike Mansfield Advanced Technology Center and will coordinate relationships between private investors and the Montana University System to expand Montana’s manufacturing center.

Senators Baucus and Tester worked with Butte economic developers and EDA officials to bring the award to Montana.

Senator Baucus invited EDA Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Guevara to the 6th Montana Economic Development Summit in Butte earlier this month, helping push the award to the finish line.

“Butte became the business capital of the world for two days earlier this month and this investment will help us do even more to keep that title in Montana.  The more we can boost manufacturing in our state, the more good-paying jobs we can support for the long haul – this grant will help us do just that,” said Baucus.

“Growing Montana’s economy and creating jobs depends on attracting investment in every sector, including manufacturing.” Tester said.  “Butte has a long history of strong manufacturing, and thanks to this center ‘Made in Montana’ will soon be appearing on even more products around the world.”

“We are very appreciative of the EDA grant and the support and guidance we’ve gotten from Senators Tester and Baucus,” said BLDC Executive Director Jim Smithan.  “This award is a great opportunity for Butte and Montana to further our manufacturing sector now and into the future.”

“This award will get us started on building a center to grow our manufacturing sector in Butte and the region as a whole,” said BLDC Marketing Director Andy Zdinak.  “The Senators have been instrumental is helping us through the process, and we’re very pleased about getting this project off the ground.”

The award is presented annually to communities who demonstrate sound strategies for increasing trade and attracting and expanding private investment in the manufacturing sector.