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Montana Ag: Windrift Hill is expanding

Posted: Feb 14, 2018 9:22 AM Updated:

CONRAD - Windrift Hill started in Deena Maier’s kitchen back in 2000.

Now, the company that makes several products using goat milk is expanding yet again. The small shop on Main Street will be moving to a new facility down the road giving them 8,000 square feet of possibilities.

“We’re pretty excited about the expansion. I mean, that’s going to be a huge change for all of us with so much more room and able to increase, you know, every different product that we have, I think that’s going to be huge.”

Maier’s daughter, Amber Hofstad, says this extra space is really going to ramp up production.

“And it’s going to improve our production because we can go from making seven gallons of lotion, which is what we currently do now, to making up to 55 gallons of lotion.”

But that’s not all they’re anticipating with the new facility.

“It’ll allow us to take on larger accounts to be more efficient in our production. [Butted to] I also see it growing more internationally, as we will be able to ship and keep up with the production to ship internationally.”

They credit their success to the process they use to make their products.

“It’s a start to finish process, we’re very picky about our goats. we have what’s called a closed heard so we don’t bring in any other disease in. all of our babies are bottled, so the milk is pasteurized…I think that’s what really makes us a little bit different plus definitely, it’s a family business.”

They also allow their soaps to cure for six weeks before they’re boxed and sold. This allows the extra milk and water to evaporate making for a longer lasting bar of soap.

The new facility doesn’t have an official open date, but Hofstad says if construction goes as planned, they’ll be able to start moving things in by the summer. They also plan to add a new feature to their customer’s experience.

“In the new facility, you’ll be able to see—from the retail store, into the manufacturing facility, so people always want to know how it’s made so they’ll be actually able to view that when they come to our new facility.”

Deena Maier says once the new facility is up and running, she’s going to formulate more bath salts and oils. The family-owned business currently sells bath salts, oils, lotions, body butter and of course, soap.

Click here to learn more about Windrift Hill.

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