Applied Hosts 6th Annual Ambassadors Tour
For the past six years, Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus has brought together some of the world's most important trading partners to visit Montana's top businesses and to participate in an Economic Development Summit, where the delegates meet with Montana leaders to discuss how to create local jobs through overseas trade.
This year's summit also included an "Ambassador's Tour," featuring ambassasdors from China, Germany, Japan, Peru, and Canada. This part of the summit commenced at Applied Materials' Kalispell facility last month. Bill McClintock, Corporate Vice President and General Manager at Applied Materials, hosted the group as they toured the facility- Montana's best example of high-tech. McClintock discussed the company's impact on local and foreign economies, contributions to technology innovation and how the semiconductor industry has a strong future in producing consumer electronics worldwide.
Applied was asked to host the event as one of northwest Montana's biggest employers and because of its strong contribution to Montana's export market.
The highlight of the meeting was the announcement by Peter Ammon, Germany's ambassador to the United States, of a $46 million software licensing grant from Germany-based Siemens PLM Software. The in-kind grant will help prepare technology manufacturing students at the local Flathead Valley Community College for jobs in the high-tech industry, including Applied's Kalispell operations, which actively recruits graduates from Montana colleges and universities.
The annual Ambassadors summit and the surprise grant by Siemens both benefit Applied's long-term business strategies.
"This high profile event is an incredible opportunity to show what our Montana facility has to offer the world of electronics," commented McClintock. "Building new relationships with commerce leaders like these ambassadors from China, Germany and Japan - all prime markets for Applied - can open doors to new opportunities, improve communications and collaboration, and boost local economies."
Applied acquired the Kalispell Semitool facility in December 2009, which comprises 252,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space and houses several hundred employees.