When I see the three words "Made In Montana", I always feel a certain pride in knowing that there are businesses that started in Montana and have thrived. It isn't always easy starting your own business, and being able to do that in Montana is something special.

It Was Always Apparent When Something Was Made in Montana

There was a time when products that were made in Montana didn't have a sticker on them letting you know they were made in our own backyard. As a kid, I didn't always read the labels to find out where things came from. I also didn't pay much attention to businesses that started in Montana, because I was a kid. For example my family shopped at Buttrey's grocery store when I was a kid. I had no idea that the grocery store chain was started in Havre, Montana.

What's Your Favorite Montana Business?

It got me thinking about businesses that were started in Montana that people really appreciate. So we asked our listeners what's their "favorite" business that started in Montana. There are some really great answers. You may have enjoyed products from some of these businesses and had no idea they came from Montana. Or maybe you are more in tune with all of them and have enjoyed every one. Either way, it is time to give credit to some favorite "Montana Made" businesses.

Support These Montana Started Businesses

Richard- Rattlesnake Cables, for the musician in your life. The cables are used for amplifying musical instruments.  They are based in Missoula.

Tonya- Rockin' Rudy's "The Original Hipster Department Store". You can find almost anything in this store. Records, t-shirts, jewelry, toys, games, greeting cards, candy, the list goes on and on. They are located in Missoula.

TyTy Gy's Flexible Lures. For the person that likes to dip their line in the water in hopes of landing the "big one". Located in Superior.

Mary- Wheat Montana. From baked goods to the ingredients to make them. They are a staple in a lot of Montana kitchens. They also still currently hold a world record. Located in Three Forks.

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Katie- She couldn't decide on just one. Oboz- Hiking footwear based in Bozeman. Counter Assault- Bear Spray started in Missoula and is now located in Kalispell. OnX-Mapping GPS, located in Missoula. Daily's Premium Meats- Bacon located in Missoula. Redneck- They make ham and sausage and are located in Kalispell.

Penny- Alpine Touch Spices, make seasoning that you can put on almost anything. Located in Choteau.

Jennie- Clean Burn Stove LLC. They are veteran owned and operated and repair, clean and inspect, all makes and models of wood, pellet and gas stoves. Located in Missoula.

Bryce- Diversified Plastics, is a custom plastics and fabrications engineering company. Located in Missoula.

Amanda- Pickle Barrel, sandwich shop that specializes in big sandwiches. Located in Bozeman.

Tracy- Choice Ammunition, for target practice of for the hunt, ammunition is a must. Located in Victor.

Shawn- Go Fast Campers. They make campers, toppers for trucks and SUVs. They are located in Belgrade.

Chad- J & K Customs.  Custom accessories for all kinds of vehicles. Located in Missoula.

Jim- Straight6 Archery. Specializing in bow hunting. They started in Missoula but have expanded to Bozeman as well.

Christina- Mustard Seed. Specializing in food that blends "the cooking styles of the Far East with the tastes of the Pacific Northwest". Located in Missoula, as well as Idaho and Washington.

Dan- Double Front Chicken. Making fried chicken in Missoula for over 50 years, they have perfected the recipe.

Marshall- The Burns Creek Inn. A full service bar and restaurant located in Savage, Montana.

Tyler- Moose's Saloon. This bar and restaurant has been serving Kalispell for over 60 years.

Shane- Mystery Ranch Backpacks. These high quality backpacks are used for hunting, camping and for military use.

Ethan- Red Patch Outdoors. Another hunting equipment designer. They specialize in equipment that wasn't being made. They make bow slings, and hunting gear management equipment.

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As you can see there are a lot of successful businesses that have started in Montana, everything from manufacturing to food. This list, by far, is not all of the businesses that have started in Montana. It is a list that will continue to grow. Feel free to support and help these Montana businesses continue to grow and thrive.

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