The Montana
Manufacturing Extension Center

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center provides technical, business management, growth services and engineering assistance statewide to small and mid-sized manufacturers. Its mission is to help manufacturers be successful via direct, unbiased engineering and managerial help.

MMEC’s engineer field consultants are expert in:

  • Solving problems on the manufacturing floor.
  • Designing effective plant layouts.
  • Quality assurance and ISO9000/2000 standards, which can be critical when exporting.
  • Lean manufacturing techniques.
  • Setting up costing / financial models for managers.
  • Practical day-to-day help for current operations and future strategies.

MMEC is a statewide outreach center at the Montana State University College of Engineering, in Bozeman, with field offices in five Montana cities. Missoula-area business advisor Mike Manhardt is based at The University of Montana.

The center is an affiliate of the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a nationwide resource for improving the productivity, economic competitiveness and technological capabilities of America’s manufacturers.

In addition to its company-specific services, the center manages Compete Smart, a biennial conference just for manufacturing peers and allies. The conference programs include results-driven trainings, seminars, resources and networking opportunities.

MMEC logoContact Information

Contact Missoula business advisor Shane Cantrell by email.
Find MMEC online at
MMEC’s Missoula office is located on the UM campus.

Missoula Economic Partnership | 2501 Catlin Street Suite 205 Missoula, Montana 59801 | P: 406.541.6461 | F: 406.541.6464