Made in Montana Tradeshow 2017

Helena MT

Mar 9 - 11, 2017

The annual, two day trade show connects wholesale store buyers from across the region with over 150 members of the Made in Montana program.

Products include gourmet foods and beverages; fine arts and crafts; unique apparel; accessories; home décor and much more! Exhibitors come from all over the state to display and sell their innovative products, artful creations, and tasty treats to buyers who will soon put these products on their store shelves, use in their restaurants, and have available statewide to visitors and Montanans alike.


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Claude Smith

Food and Process Specialist, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC)

Bio: Claude Smith graduated from Jamestown University with a B.A. in Biology and a Chemistry minor. He worked for the US Department of Energy in coal research for two years before going to work for The Pillsbury Company. He worked in various Pillsbury and Green Giant facilities in the areas of Quality Assurance and then Operations. He was trained as a Food Safety expert, Statistical Process Control trainer, and a Total Quality Management expert while studying the Deming method under Dr. W. Edwards Deming and others. Through the years Claude has worked for several food manufacturing companies while always pushing forward food safety, innovation and efficiency. He has filled roles as diverse as QA Manager, Process Control Manager, Production Manager, Warehouse Manager, Plant Engineer, Environmental Manager, Plant Manager, General Manager, Entrepreneur, and Consultant. He now works for the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center as the Food and Process Specialist. Claude lives in Great Falls, MT with his wife and dogs. AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Food Manufacturing-Food Safety-Process Improvement-Capital Projects-Leadership-Automation

Cheri Kirk

Owner, STS Sales

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