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Butte Hosts Manufacturing Summit

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Some of Butte's community and business leaders met on Montana Tech's campus Wednesday to discuss ways on how to improve the town's manufacturing economy.

Representatives from Butte-Silver Bow County, the city's development group, Senators Tester and Baucus were in attendance for the summit.

Speakers discussed the hopeful establishment of the Montana Center for Manufacturing Technology.

Silver Bow County, BLDC, M.S.E Technologies, and Montana Tech are putting in grants through the Economic Development Administration to try to obtain seed money for the new center.

Those groups are asking for a total of $275,000.

"If we get the money it will be used for planning this center," said Helen Joyce from M.S.E. Technologies. "We will use that to assist both current manufacturers and aspiring manufacturers to develop products and create jobs."

If the Montana Center for Manufacturing Technology is approved, it will utilize already existing buildings at the M.S.E. facility.

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