Manufacturing in Montana: Economic Update Seminars Reveal Trends Across the State

August 04, 2014

MISSOULA – Manufacturing jobs, earnings and production are increasing across the country. Booming energy production and lower electricity costs are contributing to these rising numbers.

This week, University of Montana economists Patrick Barkey and Paul Polzin will discuss trends in manufacturing and what these trends mean for Montanans during the ninth annual Midyear Economic Update seminar series.

This year’s series, “Manufacturing a Greater Montana,” is being held in seven cities around the state. Each seminar includes breakfast or lunch. The cost is $25 for members of the Montana Chamber of Commerce and $30 for nonmembers. The seminar schedule is:

  • Billings: 7-8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5, Hilton Garden Inn
  • Bozeman: 12-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5, Holiday Inn
  • Helena: 8-9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, Holiday Inn
  • Butte: 12-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, La Quinta
  • Great Falls: 7-8:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, Hilton Garden Inn
  • Missoula: 12-1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, Doubletree

The event is co-sponsored by the Montana Chamber of Commerce and UM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research. For more information, visit or call BBER at 406-243-5113.


Contact: Hannah Thompson, marketing director, UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, 406-243-5113,