Family mill makes, markets Montana wool products

About 20-years-ago a rancher near Hall decided to semi-retire.

But Ed James got bored.

So he and his wife Sue, decided to start a new business.

Now, the couple’s value added, family-owned company has clients all over the country.

For our Montana Moment, we visited Sugar Loaf Wool Carding Mill.

The mill stands in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

It’s here, off a rural road that the James’ process the wool sheared from Montana sheep.

On the morning we visited, employee Desi Mason was working on a raw fleece.

” We’re looking at a big bag of wool that comes in as grease wool,” said Ed. ” It goes through an opener. It opens the fibers up and pulls a lot of the dirt out.”