Wegmans began in 1915 as a mom and pop grocery store in Rochester, NY. Sons Walter and John Wegman (Chairman Robert Wegman's father and uncle) helped out in the family business. Walter worked in the grocery store while John peddled fresh produce from a pushcart. In 1916, John opened the Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Co., and Walter joined him a year later. By 1921, the two brothers bought the Seel Grocery Co., and expanded their operations to include general groceries and bakery operations.
Today, Wegmans is known as a major regional supermarket chain, and one of the largest private companies in the U.S.
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Frederick W. Jones, founder of Jones Potato Chip Company, began his career as a distributor. He sold a variety of products such as margarine, soup mixes, cookies, pickles, nuts, pretzels, and potato chips. In the early 1940's, Frederick was unable to get potato chips from his usual source. He received the blessing, and some much needed expertise from his supplier, to begin his own production. The Jones Potato Chip Company came to life.
Ballreich History It was 1920 in Tiffin, Ohio when Fred Ballreich and his wife, Ethel opened their homemade potato chip operation in a dirt floor garage, using a copper kettle heated with wood scraps. It was an all day process that produced only 14 pounds of potato chips. Ballreich’s chose to make their potato chips “marcelled”, which means “wavy chip,” taken from the popular ladies wavy hairstyle of the 1920s.
The quality of the Ballreich’s potato chips created a huge demand that couldn’t be met by a husband and wife operation so Fred contacted his brother, Carl Ballreich, who was currently working as a supervisor at the Chevrolet Motor Plant in Flint, Michigan. Carl came back to his hometown to form the joint venture of Ballreich Brother’s Potato Chips. With the combination of Fred’s sales and baking skills along with Carl’s strong work ethic and management skills, the company was well on its way to success!
Mrs. Fisher’s Potato Chips was founded in Rockford, IL in 1932 by Mrs. Ethel Fisher. Since that time, the company has formed a time honored tradition to manufacture homestyle, thick-sliced potato chips. It was actually Mr. Fisher that came up with the idea of producing potato chips for a living. The couple started out cooking the chips in their basement on a two burner wash stove in order to make extra income during the Depression. Now, Mrs. Fisher’s is one of the oldest "chippers" in the Midwest. "We are dedicated to serving our community and providing a quality product to all of our customers," says Roma and Mark Hailman, the new owners of Mrs. Fisher’s.