With the little 'Made In Montana' logo stamped on tags, the state Department of Commerce is working to help grow from within.
In this week's Montana Made feature, reporter Mikenzie Frost introduces us to the program designed to help Montana producers, creators, and growers launch their products.
The official Made In Montana website provides the following overview:
This program assists Montana businesses in developing and marketing their products both in and out of the state. The program, which also includes Grown in Montana and Native American Made in Montana, helps build recognition for products that are "authentically Montana."
That means they are grown, created, made, and/or enhanced in the state resulting in 50% or more in added-value. The program requires that individuals and businesses meet the program's value-added definition to utilize the trademarked image on their qualifying products.
There are over 3,400 program participants producing Montana products and 250 retail locations and restaurants specializing in and serving authentic Made in Montana items. Members are everyone from food and beverage producers to vehicle and machinery parts fabricators; software and online management companies to log home builders; fine artists to homey crafts makers; canvas tent makers to emergency rescue blanket manufacturers; and so many more.