Montana Silversmiths Teams with Special K Ranch to Bring Business and Jobs Back to the US

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Iconic Western Brand Introduces “Champions for a Cause: Bringing Business Home” with a $75,000 Fundraising Goal and Plans to Reduce Manufacturing From China

Promoting a self-sufficient environment while helping bring jobs, revenue and "Made in Montana" quality back to the US from overseas.

Today, Montana Silversmiths officially launched its Champions for a Cause initiative and this year’s project is focused on “Bringing Business Home”, and raising money for a new manufacturing facility at the Special K Ranch in Columbus, MT. The working ranch and horticulture operation is home to and creates a livelihood for adults with developmental disabilities. The new production facility, which will be owned and operated by Special K Ranch, will promote a self-sufficient environment while helping to bring jobs, revenue and “Made in Montana” quality back to the US from overseas.

The idea to create the Champions for a Cause 501c3 and raise money for a facility at Special K Ranch came about when Montana Silversmiths needed to swap batteries in a large stock of watches. Needing local labor, it teamed with the residents at the ranch. “The quality of the work was exceptional and it didn’t take us long to realize the value of a future partnership to help them manufacture products like our signature blue boxes, ” said Montana Silversmiths’ CEO, Rick Ruebusch. “We’re putting our expertise and resources behind this project to create a unique partnership that will ‘bring our business home’, and serve as an attractive solution for other like-minded companies looking to do the same.”

August 18-20, during the Montana State Fair in Billings, Montana Silversmiths will host a week-end of fundraising events that include a live and silent art auction, a golf tournament, youth rodeo, a clay shooting tournament and much more. The goal is to join with the community to raise $75,000 initially. Events and sponsorship details can be found at http://www.championsforacause.net. Already, the Yellowstone River Round-Up has agreed to donate $1 of every rodeo ticket sold during the State Fair to Champions for a Cause with additional sponsorships and partnerships to be announced this summer. Additionally, rodeo and entertainment personalities such as Susie Dobbs, Annie Bianco-Ellet, and Brittany Pozzi have teamed up with Champions for a Cause, along with the Western Art Rodeo Association.

About Montana Silversmiths
Montana Silversmiths of Columbus, MT pioneered the development of western fashion in both buckles and jewelry in 1973. The company is known for its skilled craftsmen are the finest in the western industry, perfecting a combination of traditional western designs and crisply executed engraving styles, which include buckles, jewelry, and lifestyle products for western enthusiasts. The company is the Official Silversmith of the PRCA. For more information, visit http://www.montanasilversmiths.com. For more information on how to become involved with the “Champions for a Cause”, events and sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, call 406-322-6036 or visit our web site at http://www.championsforacause.net and Facebook fan page.

About Special K Ranch
Special K Ranch is located on 230 acres near Columbus, Montana. The ranch serves both men and women, ages 18 and older, who have cognitive disabilities. The program is designed to serve people who may need to live within a supportive community all of their lives. Visit http://www.specialkranch.org for more information.

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