Baucus Plans Boost For Montana’s Wind Energy

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In an effort to boost manufacturing capability, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has announced a partnership between the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center and a national clean energy alliance to boost jobs in Montana's wind energy industry.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) awarded a grant to the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation's Clean Energy Manufacturing Center, which will work in partnership with the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center in Bozeman to expand Montana's wind energy supply chain.

The project is one of 22 nationwide projects supported by MEP and aimed at enhancing the productivity, technological performance and global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers in renewable energy industries.

The award will, in part, fund a series of services designed to provide manufacturers with opportunities to become effective, qualified suppliers of manufacturing components for the wind energy industry.

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center has five field offices across the state and provides manufacturing outreach and assistance to businesses, including a wide range of consultation from design and product development to business management.

SOURCE: Office of Sen. Max Baucus

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