HELENA, Mont. – A dozen Montana businesses next week will cross the border to exhibit at BuildEx Calgary, a tradeshow where the Department of Commerce is helping them to explore Canada as a market to sell internationally.
“Montana businesses provide high-quality equipment, materials and services for the building and construction industry,” said Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote. “As our closest neighbor and our biggest trading partner, Canada has great potential to grow this industry for Montana.”
Montana last year exported $685 million in commodities to Canada, representing 42 percent of all commodity exports.
BuildEx Calgary attracts an estimated 3,500 attendees to whom participants will showcase their products and services. Montana will receive additional exposure by hosting the event’s official reception, featuring Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney.
The ExportMontana office at Commerce is organizing the trip for the businesses, which will share a Montana-branded pavilion on the show floor. Funded in part through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade Expansion Program, Commerce is covering their tradeshow booth expenses and providing a travel stipend.
The tradeshow is Nov. 7–8. Participating businesses include Better Than Logs of Drummond; MT Solar of Charlo; Roddie of Columbia Falls; Automation Management and Consulting of Helena; Titan Straps of Bozeman; DOMO Design, Felco and Satic of Missoula; and CUC Software, Ideal Manufacturing, Midland West Manufacturing and TrussLox of Billings.