Montana Standard –
Have you ever had an injury that inspired you to start a business? Deer Lodge resident Ted O’Neal has.
Over a year ago, the former lawyer had a knee injury. Post-surgery, he had to rest, and he wanted snacks. He looked all over, but couldn’t find anything that hit the spot.
“I had surgery,” O’Neal said. “I was trying to find some snacks. I was sitting around and couldn’t really do anything, and I didn’t find much on the Montana front.” He said there were a couple of candy-type snacks at the airport, but “I didn’t find anything that I would consider healthy, or natural, find snacks.”
Enter O’Neal’s friend of several years, Steve Guggenheimer, who also lives in Deer Lodge. The two of them began researching, and found there weren’t a lot of the type of snacks he was looking for available on the market.
They realized there was a need there, and although they’d never been in business together before, they knew they had a strong vision and qualities that enabled them to work well together. Thus, Yellowstone Foods was born.
The company’s mission is to “feed your Montana adventure,” the company’s site says, and aims to bring the “grandeur of the west into bite-sized pieces — making for a healthier, more sustainable snacking experience.”