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Pasta maker wins Family Business Day award

POLSON — Located north of Polson, Country Pasta produces 2.5 million pounds of pasta per year. That’s a lot of semolina, fresh eggs, sea salt and water. Next year will be its 25th year in existence. 

Started by Dean and Linda Knutson and their family, the business was purchased by Amy and Fred Kellogg, but the Knutson’s daughter, Heather, and her Uncle Scott still work at the business. There are two other families who package the pasta for shipping. 

“We refer to it as our Country Pasta family,” Heather said.

These families may be why Country Pasta was chosen for a Family Business Day award to be given at the 2014 Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day on Friday, Oct. 10. Country Pasta will receive the small business award, for a business with 10 to 30 employees.

The awards “provide recognition to pioneering and successful family businesses,” according to the organization’s  website. 

Businesses are nominated or nominate themselves and are judged on the applications they submit and factors such a multiple generations in a business, innovative business practices or if they’ve been able to adapt to changes in the economy, Heather said. 

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