Mountain Meadow Wool of Buffalo was one of 21 businesses that were invited to give presentations at Governor Matt Mead's Business Forum, which was held last week in Cheyenne.
The two-day conference, titled “Wyoming: Economic Assets and Business Opportunities,” was the 29th Annual Wyoming Forum put on by the Wyoming Business Alliance and the Wyoming Heritage Foundation.
Valerie Spanos and Karen Hostetler, owners of Mountain Meadow Wool in Buffalo, gave a presentation on how they started the business and why, the process they went through, and the agencies they sought out to help them succeed.
Spanos explaines how they were invited to speak at the conference.
According to information they provided to the conference, MMW was established in 2002 in their homes and has grown into a regional wool-processing facility whose yarn is marketed throughout the US, Canada, Australia and Germany.
They specialize in smaller-quantities and high-quality, and the ranchers are more involved in the process, including a trace-back system from the consumer to the ranch, which means higher prices for the producers. They are the only mill in the US that offers this.
Spanos said she believes this type of smaller company is more viable in today's US market than a huge textile mill would be.
For more information on Mountain Meadow Wool or their products, go to www.mountainmeadowwool.com
To see their presentation at the Governor's Business Forum, click here