Select Great Falls Montana for your next Agribusiness and/or Manufacturing location!

Great Falls Montana Development Authority in Partnership with SelectUSA by the US Department of Commerce invite you to join us virtually for a discussion with industry leaders.

Your Takeaway

Attendees will hear from global business leaders about their experiences doing business in an unexpected US location.

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Detailed Agenda

Welcome to Montana from Governor Greg Gianforte

Greg Gianforte was elected Montana’s 25th governor on November 3, 2020, receiving more votes than any candidate for governor in state history.

As governor, Greg Gianforte is focused on leading Montana’s comeback, creating greater opportunities for Montanans, and protecting our Montana way of life. He’s dedicated to making Montana more competitive, creating more good-paying jobs, letting Montanans keep more of what they earn, and changing how government does business to better serve Montanans.

After 34 years in the private sector, Gianforte was elected to serve Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2017 and was reelected in 2018.

With a career focused on creating jobs and opportunities, Gianforte founded five startup companies, including RightNow Technologies which he and his wife, Susan, launched two decades ago in their Bozeman home. The company grew into the town’s largest commercial employer with over 500 high-paying Montana jobs.

Before public service, Gianforte worked to improve Montana’s economy through the “Better Montana Jobs” project and launched scholarship programs to help low-income students and veterans pursue the education and training they need.

Married since 1986, Greg and Susan Gianforte raised their children in Bozeman hunting, fishing, rafting, climbing, skiing and backpacking on Montana’s public lands.

SelectUSA Welcome from Acting Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director Bill Burwell
https://www.selectusa.gov/Bill-Burwell-Bio

Bill Burwell is the Acting Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director for SelectUSA, overseeing the Investment Summit and other events.

Prior to joining SelectUSA, Bill was the Director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC) for the State of Maryland. Prior to joining the U.S. Commercial Service, Bill was Senior Manager of Market Research at the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Additionally, Bill has held consulting positions with NASA and the Department of Defense, and he took a break from government service to serve as Vice-President of Business Development at a business-to-business start-up company, providing marketing partnerships, brand management, and strategic alliance development services.

Bill holds an MBA from Clark University and a B.A. in Political Science from Drew University.

The Golden Triangle of Montana: Great Falls welcome from Brett Doney, CEcD, President/CEO Great Falls Development Authority

With over 30 years’ experience leading economic development organizations, Brett Doney is the President & CEO of the Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) and High Plains Financial. The mission of this public-private partnership is to promote economic growth, diversification and the creation of high wage jobs in Great Falls, Montana. Brett is responsible for implementing GFDA’s strategic plan, marketing the Great Falls region, managing the team, and strengthening relationships with investors and partners. Prior to leading GFDA and High Plains Financial, Brett was the President & CEO of Enterprise Maine.

About Our Industry Leaders

ADF Group, Inc.
https://www.adfgroup.com/

Jean-François Boursier, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer

From a blacksmith shop founded in 1956, ADF Group Inc. has become over the years a North American leader in the design and engineering of connections, fabrication and installation of complex steel structures, heavy steel built-ups, as well as miscellaneous and architectural metalwork. The Corporation’s products and services are intended for the following five principal segments of the non-residential construction market: Office Towers and High-Rises – Commercial and Recreational Complexes – Airport Facilities – Industrial Complexes – Transport Infrastructures.

The Corporation operates two modern fabrication plants in Canada and in the United States, and uses the latest technologies in its industry.

A pioneer in the development and implementation of innovative solutions, the Corporation is recognized for its engineering expertise, its project management, its important fabrication capacity and its skills in two specialized market niches: the fabrication of steel superstructures with a high level of architectural and geometric complexity, and projects subject to fast-track schedules.

ADF Group’s commitment to deliver every project in accordance with the industry’s highest quality standards constitutes a core aspect of the Corporation’s mission.

Pasta Montana
Owned by Nippon Flour Mills
http://www.pastamontana.com/

Dan Bateman, CFO
Hiroyuki Hidaka, CEO

Situated in the heart of Montana’s “Golden Triangle” (a region in North Central Montana which is famous for its gluten strength and high protein durum wheat), Pasta Montana manufactures over seventy dry pasta shapes ranging from petite shells and orzo to fettuccine. Everything from the plant’s processing and packaging machinery to the 30,000 square foot storage warehouse is state-of-the-art.

In early 1999, Nippon Flour Mills joined Pasta Montana’s growing list of export customers. Nippon Flour Mills is a Misui related company and Japan’s oldest industrial flour miller. They are aleading producer of flour-related products for industrial, food service and consumer use in Japan and elsewhere. Already committed to developing world-class products for world-wide markets, Nippon recognized the global potential of our high-quality pasta manufacturing capabilities, and made the strategic decision to purchase Pasta Montana in the Spring of 2000.

Today, Pasta Montana continues in the tradition of making the world’s finest pasta products with all the technical, management, and financial resources of a global corporation behind it.

Call or email Jolene Schalper for more information 406.750.4481 or JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org. This session will be recorded. Please register to be sent the link automatically.

While we are always available to meet with you, our team has also set aside time on February 25 as part of Select USA’s Matchmaking event. Details to be announced soon.

Ten of the many reasons why Great Falls Montana should be on your list:

  • Successful multinational companies established in market
  • Work-force incentives and custom trainings
  • Established Ingredient, Food, and Beverage AgriProcessing Hub
  • Established back end office sector: customer support, insurance claims, billing, accounting, processing
  • Established Advanced Manufacturing and Steel Fabrication Sector
  • Operating costs 92% of national average and cost of living at 89.7% of national average
  • Interstate Corridor from Calgary Canada to Mexico (Can-Mex corridor)
  • Shovel Ready Heavy Industrial Rail Sites available today in the Great Falls Montana AgriTech Park
  • High quality ingredients and abundance of pure water
  • WE WANT YOU! We are a professional, internationally accredited economic development team that works for you. We are here for you at every stage.