Long-Running UM Student-Produced TV Program Highlights 200th Business

April 20, 2015

MISSOULA – Bear-resistant boxes, custom river surfboards, machining services for railroaders, handmade burial urns and laboratory-testing serums are the subjects of a University of Montana student-produced television program featuring Montana-based businesses.

"Business: Made in Montana” profiles companies that create products in Big Sky Country and do business around the state, the country and the world. The new program will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, across the state on MontanaPBS. An encore presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, May 3.

Over the span of 22 years, “Business: Made in Montana” has featured hundreds of different businesses. The show profiles its 200th business in this episode, which also happens to be during UM School of Journalism’s centennial celebration.

This episode introduces viewers to Mad Cow Metal Works of Bozeman, Strongwater Mountain Surf Company in Missoula, Montana Hydraulics in Helena, Alpine Urns in Columbia Falls and Rocky Mountain Biologicals in Missoula.

Mad Cow Metal Works makes waterproof, bear-resistant aluminum boxes for camping, boating, horseback riding and all other outdoor activities.

Strongwater Mountain Surf Company in Missoula builds custom river and powder surfboards.

Montana Hydraulics in Helena creates railroad products and offers custom machine-shop services.

Alpine Urns in Columbia Falls creates handmade, custom urns for grieving families.

Rocky Mountain Biologicals in Missoula makes serums that are distributed to medical facilities and pharmaceutical companies around the world to aid in creating drugs and remedies.

Students at the UM School of Journalism and Department of Radio-Television produced the program during autumn semester 2014. Junior journalism student Sojin Josephson from Big Timber hosts the program.

"Business: Made in Montana" is made possible with support from the Greater Montana Foundation. Founded by pioneer broadcaster Ed Craney in 1958, the GMF provides grants to improve the quality of communications of important issues through electronic media. More information is available online at http://www.greatermontana.org.

MontanaPBS is comprised of KUFM-TV in Missoula and KUSM-TV in Bozeman and is a service of UM and Montana State University.      

Contact: Ray Ekness, UM School of Journalism professor, 406-243-4088, ray.ekness@umontana.edu.