Posted: Sep 13, 2013 6:27 PM by Dax VanFossen - MTN News
KALISPELL - A Kalispell company played hoston Friday to some very important dignitaries, shining light on Montana's booming technology world. Ambassadors from five different countries were invited by Senator Max Baucus to tour Applied Materials in Kalispell.
Senator Max Baucus did not make the tour he put together Friday due to weather, but five ambassadors from Peru, Japan, China, Germany and Canada did, and what they saw at Applied Materials of Kalispell, was what this Montana company has contributed to the world.
"iPhone 4, iPhone 5, the iPhone 5 just came out, and all the processors, the chips on it, are ran through Semi Tool businesses equipment," said Bill McClintock, Applied Materials Vice President.
You read McClintock right. That iPhone you are holding in your hand, wouldn't work, if it weren't for Applied Materials, formerly Semi Tool. Ambassadors learned all about what Applied Materials does, but there was also a big announcement this Friday morning.
Senator Baucus' staff announced that a $46 million grant from the company Siemens has now been awarded to FVCC to go towards these students so that they hit the ground running.
"Senator Baucus worked with Siemens Corporation and has asked them to invest in Montana, to help us look at some new technological initiatives for working the global economy. We received a gift of software from Siemens to the college that's worth $46 million, so it's a very exciting day," Jane Karas, FVCC President, said.
McClintock says having FVCC as a place to grab technology recruits from is very helpful.
He told the five ambassadors on Friday that the demand for new technology continues to grow, and they are helping to meet the challenge, "The drive and the demand for consumer electronics, and these computing systems is getting so big, that it needs to continue on this pace to shrink more to get more computing power, to get more capacity."
The foreign ambassadors will also tour Missoula and Bozeman before going to Butte for a summit with a panel on creating jobs through international trade on Monday.
Along the way, Ambassadors will visit Montana manufacturing, research and agriculture facilities, tour a ranch and meet with dozens of Montana business owners hoping to increase markets for their products overseas.