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ClassOne recognized for export success

May 17, 2019

Montana Department of Commerce Director Tara Rice visited ClassOne Technology’s Evergreen plant on Wednesday for a ceremony recognizing the company as the state’s 2018 Exporter of the Year.

Chief Executive Officer Byron Exarcos doesn’t know if the commerce department gives consecutive awards to one business, but he said ClassOne will be a contender again in 2019. ClassOne shipped 2.2 million from foreign sales, with 6 million in 2018. During those two years, ClassOne also grew from 45 to 75 employees in Kalispell.

Exarcos said he expects ClassOne Technology, a sister company to Atlanta-based ClassOne Equipment, to cross 2 million piece of equipment- sits next to a $500,000 machine headed to South Korea. Buyers of ClassOne products are also in France, China and Italy, with a customer from Israel recently visiting the plant. In March, ClassOne announced the sale of its Solstice S4 system to Philips Photonics in Ulm, Germany.

ClassOne opened its Kalispell facility in 2014, when Exarcos saw a void in companies providing wet-processing tools for emerging technologies such as the electrical vehicle, the internet of things and 5G. He said the company’s “precise vision” for supplying machines that create microchips between 75 and 200 millimeters has been key to its success.

“These are people who want to conquer and win this market,” Exarcos said. “We have a very defined vision, we want to be the global leaders.”

Reporter Heidi Gaiser may be reached at 758-4438 or hgaiser@dailyinterlake.com.