Shearer's Foods' potato chips are Shearer perfection. Using Grandma Shearer's "hand-cooked" kettle recipe, the snacks company produces more than 30 million pounds of potato chips each year. Shearer's also makes and markets tortilla chips, cheese curls, corn puffs, pretzels, and pork rinds, as well as dips and salsa. The food maker's products are sold around the country and in the Shearer's Marketplace Factory Outlet store across the street from its headquarters in Brewster, Ohio. In addition to the Shearer brand, the firm makes a variety of snacks for private-label customers. Shearer's produces kettle-cooked potato chips for snack-food giant Frito-Lay.
Shearer's began to expand its manufacturing operations in 2010 to support its broad selection of products and a mission toward more green manufacturing. As part of move, the company's Massillon manufacturing plant became the first LEED Gold Certified facility of its kind in Ohio. What has followed is a push to hire some 100 new employees. The move is a welcomed one as the US experiences relatively high unemployment rates.
Jack and Rosemary Shearer, along with their sons Bob and Tom, founded Shearer's Foods in 1974. Formerly family-owned, Shearer's was acquired by the private investment firm Mistral Equity Partners in 2008.