HELENA, Mont. – Ten businesses manufacturing outdoor equipment are headed to Germany to promote their products in Europe with help from the Department of Commerce.
This is the second year Commerce will bring businesses to IWA OutdoorClassics after a successful event in 2018. Businesses that participated last year have reported more than $500,000 in sales as a result of the event, with additional sales anticipated.
“Montana is known for exceptional outdoor recreation and for high-quality manufactured products,” said Jenny Pelej, division administrator for the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development at Commerce. “Events like IWA OutdoorClassics are great opportunities for Montana to promote both at the same time.”
In 2017, Montana exports to Europe totaled $227 million, up from $180 million in 2016. More than 7 percent were miscellaneous manufactured commodities, which includes hunting and outdoor products.
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 with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade Expansion Program, Commerce is covering their tradeshow booth expenses and providing a travel stipend.
Participating at the trade fair will be: Black Gold Archery and CleanWaste of Belgrade; ColdAvenger of Missoula; Defiance Machine of Columbia Falls; Lilja Precision Rifle Barrels of Plains; Stone Glacier and Schnee’s of Bozeman; and Counter Assault Pepper Sprays, Montana Rifle Company, and U.S. Optics of Kalispell.
IWA OutdoorClassics runs March 8–11 in Nuremberg.