Spika President to Lead Montana Manufacturing Council

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At the Montana Chamber of Commerce fall meeting in Kalispell, Tom Spika, President of Spika Welding and Manufacturing, was installed as Chairman of the Montana Manufacturing Council, a subsidiary of the MT Chamber of Commerce. This position also holds a seat on the MT Chamber board.

“I’m excited to be heading this manufacturing organization,” said Spika, “particularly now that we have formed an alliance with the Montanan Manufacturing Extension Center to bring broader-based support and advocacy to the state’s manufacturers.”

Tom envisions the MMC focusing on five key areas:

  • Legislative advocacy on behalf of Montana’s manufacturing sector
  • Promoting awareness of the contributions of manufacturing to the state’s economy and employment
  • Facilitating training and technology development to the state’s manufacturers
  • Encouraging and facilitating networking and interaction opportunities within the manufacturing community
  • Actively promoting industrial, technical, and manufacturing career paths to students to facilitate development of our future workforce

“I’m a true believer in the benefits of growing our manufacturing sector, both in the state and particularly in Central Montana,” said Spika. “Every job created by those selling a new or value-added product to customers outside of our area makes a very significant impact to our local economy.”

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