New UM Student-Produced ‘Business: Made in Montana’ to Premiere on MontanaPBS

May 12, 2016

MISSOULA – A new edition of the award-winning, University of Montana student-produced television program “Business: Made in Montana” is set to premiere across the state on MontanaPBS.

“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, May 26, on MontanaPBS. An encore presentation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5.

This episode introduces viewers to Kalispell Kreamery in Kalispell, Flathead Lake Brewing Company in Bigfork, Louie’s Montana Pasties in Deer Lodge, KornUtopia in Missoula, Bad Goat Forest Products in Missoula and Montana Silversmiths in Columbus.

Kalispell Kreamery in Kalispell takes care of their animals with a Cow Bill of Rights. They hope their extra care leads to better dairy products for consumers. More information on the creamery is online at http://www.kalispellkreamery.com/.

Flathead Lake Brewing Company creates beer while focusing on efforts to protect Montana’s environment. More information on the company is online at http://flatheadlakebrewing.com/.

A family business and a traditional miners’ lunch helped create Louie’s Montana Pasties in Deer Lodge.

Missoula’s KornUtopia creates “kettle korn” and other sweet and savory products that are enjoyed by popcorn lovers from Thompson Falls to Bozeman. More information on KornUtopia is online at http://www.kornutopia.com/.  

By “tree-cycling,” Bad Goat Forest Products of Missoula takes wood that would otherwise be wasted and transforms it into works of art. For more information on the business, visit https://badgoatgoodwood.com/

Montana Silversmiths in Columbus creates works of art inspired by the Rocky Mountain West lifestyle. The company is online at http://www.montanasilversmiths.com/.

Students at the UM School of Journalism and Department of Radio-Television produced the program during autumn semester 2015. Junior journalism student Caryn Foehringer hosts the program. During the past 23 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/2302/2302/.  

“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 comprises KUFM-TV in Missoula and KUSM-TV in Bozeman and is a service of UM and Montana State University. More information is online at http://montanapbs.org.      

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