Long-Running UM Student-Produced TV Program Highlights Montana Businesses

May 06, 2015

MISSOULA – Customized vintage wood signs, bamboo shin guards for soccer players, custom skis made from bamboo, long bows designed by a famous archer and concrete logs that look like wood 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 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, across the state on MontanaPBS. An encore presentation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 31.

This episode features Meissenburg Designs in Bigfork, Legends Soccer in Whitefish, Caravan Skis in Bozeman, Howard Hill Archery in Hamilton and Everlog Systems in Missoula.

Meissenburg Designs specializes in developing vintage photos and artists’ masterpieces into personalized signs. Using raw materials from Montana, they ship their creations all over the world.

Three Whitefish soccer players make up Legend Soccer Company. The startup company looks to make an impact in the soccer industry with a lightweight, sustainable, bamboo shin guard that founders hope changes the game.

Skiing and sustainability are the motives behind Bozeman’s Caravan Skis. The company creates a variety of skis made from bamboo.

A Bitterroot Valley business keeps the legacy of a famous archer alive by making high-quality bows with legendary status. Howard Hill Archery touts making the best longbows in the world.

Missoula’s Everlog Systems creates structural concrete logs and concrete log siding for custom homes throughout the U.S.

Students at the UM School of Journalism and Department of Radio-Television produced the program during autumn semester 2014. Junior journalism student Sean Robb hosts the program. In the past 22 years, “Business: Made in Montana” has featured more than 200 different businesses. For photos and additional information on this episode visit http://www.montanapbs.org/businessmadeinmontana/2202/2202/.

“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, professor, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4088, ray.ekness@umontana.edu.