Governor Names Spika 2013 Exporter of the Year

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Wood’s Powr-Grip/Spika Welding Receive Honors

Governor Steve Bullock announced winners of the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year and 2013 Exporter of the Year awards in Bozeman at the Manufacturing & International Trade Day yesterday. In prepared remarks, he said, “Today, I’m proud to be able to honor two outstanding Montana companies, not only for their successes, respectively, in manufacturing and exporting, but because of the immense amount of pride they take in their work.”

Wood’s Powr-Grip Gets Anniversary Present

Accepting the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year award for his company, Wood’s Powr-Grip, Bryan Wood said, “We are extremely grateful and honored. What really makes this unique is that it comes in a year when we are celebrating our company’s 50th anniversary. In fact, it was on this very date, May 29, 1964, when our Articles of Incorporation were signed!”

Wood’s Powr-Grip manufactures equipment which uses a vacuum to lift, hold, and position nonporous materials, including glass, plastics, engine valves, sheet metal, stone slabs, and appliances – all out of Laurel, Montana.

Welding Taking Montana to the World

Tom Spika accepted the 2013 Exporter of the Year award on behalf of Spika Welding and Manufacturing in Lewistown. They build aviation maintenance equipment and ship globally. “We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Spika. “We are proud to take Montana-made products to the world.” Spika was the recipient of the first-ever Manufacturer of the Year award for 2012 last year.

Manufacturing & International Trade Day Successful

On behalf of the Governor, Montana Commerce Director Meg O’Leary presented the awards at the Holiday Inn Bozeman as part of Manufacturing & International Trade Day, organized by the Montana Chamber of Commerce. The Manufacturer of the Year award is created by the Montana Manufacturing Council, a subsidiary of the State Chamber. The Exporter of the Year award is a product of the Montana District Export Council, part of the US Department of Commerce.

The second annual Manufacturing & International Trade Day included a tour of Simms Fishing, a talk by US Senator Jon Tester, presentations by Scott Mulhauser of the US Export-Import Bank, winners of the 2012 Manufacturing and Exporting awards, and seminars on export finance and manufacturing workforce.