Ballreich’s Potato Chips

Ballreich’s Snack Food Company to invest in new machinery and equipment

JobsOhio Inclusion Grant to assist equipment purchase, future growth

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 6, 2021 – Today, Ballreich Snack Food Company has announced it will purchase new machinery with assistance from a $25,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant that will allow it to continue to expand the 100-year-old business. Ballreich’s employs 75 people in Tiffin, at its plant at 186 Ohio Avenue.

The grant is being used to support Ballreich’s investment of $175,000 over the next year, which includes $100,000 in machinery and equipment costs and $75,000 in building costs. Ballreich’s worked with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo to secure the grant.

Ballreich’s started in 1920 by Fred and Ethel Ballreich, who famously came up with the term “marcelled” for

the name of the waves in the chips based on the popular hairstyle of the time. Fred’s brother, Carl, and his

wife Emma joined the company after working at the Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan. In April 2019, a group of local business people purchased the company. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Ballreich’s announced three new flavors in July — Honey Butter, Sweet Thai Chili, and Smoked Cheddar.

The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant became available in early July and provides financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state.

“Thank you to JobsOhio and Regional Growth Partnership for helping us secure this grant which will go a long way to helping us continue to expand our business,” said Tom Miller, President of Ballreich’s Snack Food Company.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “I’m excited to see that Ballriech’s is continuing to invest in its company and grow. I’m proud that Ballreich’s is going into its second century making great snacks here in Tiffin, Ohio.”

For more about Ballreich Snack Food Company, visit www.ballreich.com, call (800) 323-CHIP or find Ballreich’s on Twitter @Ballreich_Chips and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BallreichsPotatoChips/.

About Ballreich’s Potato Chips

Ballreich’s Potato Chips is a snack foods company that was started in 1920 by Fred and Ethel Ballreich. Today, its products include the classic “marcelled” chips in a variety of flavors, pretzels, popcorn, tortilla chips and potato sticks which are distributed to customers throughout Ohio, lower Michigan and eastern Indiana. For more information, visit www.ballreich.com.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Ballreich’s wins national chip awards

Ballreich Bros, Inc., a Tiffin staple for potato chip and other snacks since 1920, was recently recognized nationally for their potato chips and sticks. Ballreich’s has been in the news frequently lately with the opening of their Granny B’s Company Store last September, and their recent half-million dollar investment in new equipment.

Read more about the awards in Ballreich’s official press release:Ball Award

On July 16, 2016, the nation’s first Potato Chip Festival was held in Saratoga Springs, New York, the birthplace of potato chips.  This event not only created history for the potato chip, but also for Ballreich’s Potato Chips and Snacks.  We are proud to announce our remarkable awards:

  • Gold Medal for Best Plain Potato Chip
    for our Regular Marcelled Potato Chip
    We were the judges’ #1 choice for this category.
  • Gold Medal for Best Potato Stick
    for our Smokey Sweet Mesquite Potato Stick
  • Champion Best Potato Stick
    for our Smokey Sweet Mesquite Potato Stick
    We are now the Best Potato Stick in the Nation!

These awards are a great honor, as the competition was fierce.  We competed against Lay’s, Utz, Wise, Jones’, Bickel’s, Mister Bee, Better Made, Herr’s and more!  Making these awards even sweeter is the fact that the festival was held in a region of New York outside our normal distribution area, where many judges and attendees enjoyed our potato chips and sticks for the first time!

GRAND OPENING: Granny Ballreich’s Company Store opening on Thursday, September 10, 2015

<<Ballreich’s Press Release issued today>>

OGrand Openingn September 10, 2015 at 9 a.m., the doors will open to Ballreich’s Potato Chips’ long-anticipated retail store, Granny Ballreich’s. Events for the day include raffles, product sampling, coffee tasting and a coloring book signing from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. by Illustrator/Artist, Jodie McCallum and Author Kathy Mersch. The two have collaborated with Ballreich Bros., Inc. to develop an exciting 24 page Coloring and Activity book, which will be available for purchase along with child’s t-shirts featuring the same artwork.

In addition, nostalgic Ballreich custom created artwork prints and T-shirts from Tampa Bay artist, Mike Williams, previously from Port Clinton, Ohio will be available for purchase. This amazing Tampa Bay artist is recognized for his vintage illustrations of times past.

Appropriately named Granny Ballreich’s after Emma “Granny” Ballreich, one of the company’s founders, the store will be located at 180 Ohio Ave., the previous home of Carl and Emma Ballreich.

The history of the location, said Haley Thomas, director of sales and marketing at Ballreich’s, adds to the nostalgic feel of the store, which she says will be a “destination” for Tiffin residents and visitors to the area.

The focus at the store, will be Ballreich’s, with Ballreich’s products and history featured throughout the store, with local and Ohio-based products and potato-themed items. Granny Ballreich’s will offer a “wide range” of products and prices to customers, and will include an eclectic mix of memorabilia, merchandise and apparel.

A virtual tour room is to be featured at the store, which would provide images of Ballreich’s history, the art of its potato chip production and a glimpse of various media from throughout the country that have featured Ballreich’s products.

For almost 100 years, Ballreich’s has been a strong name of tradition in the Tiffin community, and 2015 will be a celebration of the company’s history and nostalgic beginning, as well as its future, as new products are added and the showcase of Granny B’s opens to the public.