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Hundreds Celebrated the Magic with Joe Calhoon at the October Manufacturing Conference Held in Billings


More than 260 manufacturing peers and allies celebrated the Magic of Manufacturing with Student climb imagekeynote speaker Joe Calhoon at the October Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference in Billings, Mont. His presentation included tips on how to engage employees and get them on the same page to achieve the mission and goals of your business. The message was clear, transforming from ordinary to extraordinary means pushing beyond your comfort zone, learning throughout your lifetime and striving to reach the next level of success. His key point
that you can always be better than you think you
are today was Joe engages audienceechoed by other speakers at the event.

Joe also taught one of 25 skill-builder breakout sessions where he focused on his signature strategic planning with “1 Hour to Plan.” The highly rated session evoked this from one conference goer, “Not enough time with Joe. When bringing in a heavy hitter like him, we should have more than an hour in a session.” Joe also met one-on-one with several organizations during the two-day event.

"Joe Calhoon was Exceptional!!"

Rounding out the conference magic was a 100-foot wall showcasing hundreds of products manufactured across the Montana; 48 exhibitors, and lots of networking time. The event was hosted by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, an outreach center at the Montana State University College of Engineering in Bozeman, Mont., and 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.

Guest Speakers from GTUIT told conference goers the very nature of the oil and gas industry is undergoing fundamental transformation.
It has become a manufacturing process – no longer one of exploration, according to entrepreneur and manufacturing expert, Jim Haider of GTUIT.

For that reason the subject of oil production played a feature role in the recent Compete Smart Conference produced by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) under the theme of "Making the Magic." In the future, the petroleum industry will be spearheading "the magic" for much of manufacturing, especially in Montana. READ MORE ...


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