Company History

A Bit About Lincoln…

Lincoln is located in the Rocky Mountains on scenic Highway 200. We are midway between Great Falls and Missoula and only one hour from our state’s capital city of Helena. Lincoln is known for it’s quiet setting and abundance of outdoor activities. From hiking, snowmobiling, and hunting to sight seeing and shopping, Lincoln has it all. The Blackfoot River runs through this little town offering fishing, floating and outdoor recreation. Our restaurants go from great hamburgers to exquisite steak dinners. We have a class C school with K thru 12 classes. Lincoln has only one grocery store and one gas station but makes up for that with several churches, restaurants and bars along with gift shops and galleries. Hi-Country is one of the main employers in the valley with more than 30 people working here that are from the Lincoln Valley.

 

 

 

 

The Story of Our Company…

Just 2.5 miles west of Lincoln you will find our manufacturing plant. Hi-Country Snack Foods, Inc. had its beginnings as Hi-Country Beef Jerky, founded in April of 1976. Hi-Country jerky was first produced in an 800 square foot building with just two employees. We soon outgrew our 20’ by 40’ building, so new construction began in the fall of 1978.

This 18,000 sq. ft. plant was designed for production of our beef jerky with an expansion of 10,000 sq. ft. added on in order to make room for production of our beef sausage line. Another addition of 4,000 sq. ft was built in 1992 to expand our warehousing capabilities. Currently, our products are being sold through our own route distribution system, many distributors, and grocery/club outlets in the Rocky Mountain Northwest, as well as Hi-Country’s own retail store. We manufacture, package and ship our products all right here in Lincoln, Montana. Our name includes Hi-Country Meat Snacks, Hickory Kist Meat Snacks, Hi-Country Trading Post, and Montana Pet Foods. Hi-Country is a USDA certified and inspected facility. In January of 1999, Hi-Country started operating under HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) and is designated to reduce, control or eliminate pathogen or product contamination. Maintaining high sanitations standards is high priority at Hi-Country, and each employee contributes to the wholesomeness and safety of each of our products.

 In 1996 the Hi-Country Trading Post was born. Just across the parking lot from the manufacturing plant lies this unique home for our meat snacks and other foods from across the state. It also features regional art and carvings, homemade fudge and confections, quality jewelry and apparel, and great gift ideas. Company President, Jim Johnson, is an avid hunter and has his personal collection of trophies on display at the Trading Post for the public to enjoy. These include sheep, elk, deer, muskox, bears, small game and much more. The Trading Post is also the home of the Upper Blackfoot Valley Historical Society. View antiques and artifacts that are remnants of Lincoln’s colorful past throughout our store. Behind the Trading Post is a walk through of old buildings from around the area. You can also view informational plaques outside our store about Lewis and Clark who traveled through this area over 200 years ago. Hi-Country boasts the honor of being the official finish line for the Montana Race to the Sky Sled Dog Race. This prestigious race has its public start in Helena with the official start beginning in Lincoln. This grand arch was made especially for the teams that travel 350 miles in this rugged mountain area. Watch the teams as they pass through the Hi-Country parking lot and finally make it to the end of their journey here. So if you are ever in this neck of the woods please stop and take in the beauty of the high country here in Lincoln, Montana.

 

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