Shearer's
History

History

The start of it all

THE START OF IT ALL
EARLY 1900s

William Shearer opened a family grocery in Canton, Ohio, called Shearer’s Market.

RUNNING THE BUSINESS
1950s

William’s grandson Jack and his wife Rosemary started running the family business.

Running the business
Becoming a distributor

BECOMING A DISTRIBUTOR
1974

Jack and Rosemary Shearer bought a snack food distributorship, and their sons Bob and Tom joined the company.

BECOMING A MANUFACTURER
1979

Shearer’s launched a snack food manufacturing operation to offer a complete line of snacks with high-quality standards.

Becoming a manufacturer
Purchasing a new space

PURCHASING A NEW SPACE
1982

Shearer’s outgrew its rental space and purchased a 20,000 square foot facility on 10 acres in Brewster, Ohio.

INTRODUCING GRANDMA SHEARER'S
1983

The company introduced the Grandma Shearer’s logo to honor Rosemary.

Introducing Grandma Shearer's
Brewster Plant Growing

BREWSTER PLANT GROWING
1991

Brewster plant size increased to 52,000 square feet.

ADDING MORE SNACKS
1998

Brewster plant size doubled, adding production capacity for tortilla chips and cheese curls.

Adding more snacks
Lubbock plant growing

LUBBOCK PLANT GROWING
2007

Shearer's purchased a snack food plant in Lubbock, Texas, to produce kettle chips and extruded products.

ACQUIRING SNACK ALLIANCE
2010

Shearer’s acquired Snack Alliance, a manufacturer of branded and private brand snacks with manufacturing facilities in Bristol, Virginia and Hermiston, Oregon.

Acquiring Snack Alliance

MILLENNIUM MANUFACTURING
2010

Shearer’s opened the Millennium Manufacturing Facility in Massillon, Ohio, becoming the first snack manufacturing plant in the world to achieve the highest sustainability award for environmental responsibility.

Millennium Manufacturing
Plant of the year

PLANT OF THE YEAR
2011

Food Engineering Magazine named Millennium Manufacturing Facility the Plant of the Year, while Snack Food and Wholesale Bakery Magazine named Shearer’s “Snack Manufacturer of the Year” for the second time.

SHEARER'S IS PURCHASED
2012

Chicago-based private equity firm Wind Point Partners purchased Shearer’s.

Shearer's is purchased
Acquiring Lance Private Brands

ACQUIRING LANCE PRIVATE BRANDS
2014

Shearer’s acquired Lance Private Brands business from Snyder’s-Lance, including plants in Burlington, Iowa and Ontario, Canada.

Acquiring Medallion Foods

ACQUIRING MEDALLION FOODS
2014

Shearer’s acquired the assets of the Medallion Foods business from Omaha-based ConAgra Foods.

ACQUIRING BARREL O'FUN
2014

Shearer’s acquired Barrel O’ Fun Salty Snack business from KLN, including plants in Perham, MN, Phoenix, AZ, and Waterford, PA.

Acquiring Barrel O' Fun
New plant in Fort Worth

NEW PLANT IN FORT WORTH
2021

Shearer’s opens a new salty snack plant in Fort Worth, Texas, producing Continuous Potato Chips, Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips, and Sheeted Tortilla Chips.

ACQUIRING SUPER PUFFT
2022

Shearer’s acquired three Super-Pufft plants, expanding their reach in North America.

Acquiring Super Pufft

Steve Fuechtmann

CFO

Shearer’s is excited to welcome Steve Fuechtmann as our new CFO, effective April 2023.

Steve grew up on a family farm in Minnesota, got his degree in accounting, and then started his career in public accounting as a CPA with Arthur Andersen in their audit group. He was then recruited to Best Buy and worked in a variety of FP&A roles, ultimately being named director of finance and CFO for the Best Buy for Business division, where he worked with senior management to turn around the money-losing business to profitability. After a stint at EcoLab as senior director of FP&A responsible for strategic and annual planning, he was hired by Schwan Foods as VP of FP&A and Treasury. He worked with the company's new CFO to implement a financial planning process, recapitalize the business, and was eventually promoted to CFO for the largest segment of the Schwan business, the Consumer Brands division. Here he joined a new CEO to quintuple the business profitability by developing improvements in pricing and supply chain streamlining.

After success with Schwan Foods, Steve became the Chief Financial Officer of Links Snacks, a $1.4 billion family-owned manufacturer of beef jerky and meat snacks. In this role, he was responsible for all finance, treasury, and IT functions. He then joined Kindeva, a $400MM private equity-backed company of drug delivery devices.

We are pleased that we have recruited him to join us, as he recognizes our tremendous business potential, vision, focus, and the results that the Shearer's business offers.

Favorite Snack: Salt & Vinegar Chips

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Greg Sprutte

Chief Information Officer

Greg Sprutte joined Shearer’s in July 2009 and was promoted to Chief Information Officer in March 2021. Over his 13+ years with Shearer’s, Greg has served in a variety of IT Leadership roles, helping Shearer’s with technology enablement that has supported growth and performance improvements. Through Greg’s leadership, Shearer’s Information Technology team continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the business by providing a stable and secure technology platform that delivers cross functional value.

Greg holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems and a MBA from Kent State University. Despite his teenage son and daughter being better golfers, he aspires to improve and enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Favorite Snack: Mesquite BBQ Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Zach Ramos

Chief Commercial Officer

Zach Ramos joined Shearer’s in July 2022 as Chief Commercial Officer joining the organization after 15 years with Kellogg Company where he most recently served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Foodservice business unit within Kellogg Company’s Away From Home Channel.

In his 20+ year career Zach has led the creation of numerous winning business strategies and launched innovative consumer programs across borders through Global customer partnerships.

Zach has spent significant time in both sales and marketing organizations progressing into increasingly elevated roles. He began his career with Cintas Corporation, where he also split his time between sales and marketing. Zach is a people-first Commercial leader who balances both the customer-facing selling aspects of the role with a general manager and operations perspective.

Zach holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University where he was a letter winner in Track and Field. He currently resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with his wife and three sons and spends his free time coaching his children’s sports teams and trying to improve his golf game.

Favorite Snack: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pablo Cussatti

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Pablo Cussatti joined Shearer’s as Chief Supply Chain Officer in January, 2024.

Pablo is a transformational leader who optimizes teams through people, processes, and technology.

Pablo has a background in Mechanical Engineering and started his career as a Control System and Automation Engineer.  Pablo has been leading teams in Food Manufacturing for over 30  years where he spent 10 years at Pepsi and then increasing responsibilities with companies such as Dean Foods, Pinnacle Foods, and Ventura Foods. In each of his roles, he has proven improvement in Safety, Quality, Customer Service and Cost Productivity.

In his most recent role as COO for food manufacturing company CH Guenther, Pablo led 28 manufacturing plants worldwide.  During his time there, Pablo and his team made significant improvements in cost stabilization, instituted a Management Operating System to connect business plans to the facilities, as well as implementation of a global productivity program to track and increase productivity and KPI’s while driving lower costs through all aspects of operations.

In his free time, Pablo enjoys cycling, running, camping, and hiking with his wife of 26 years. He also has two children.

Favorite Snack: Jalapeño-flavored kettle chips

Kathy Vanderwist

Vice President and General Counsel

Kathy Vanderwist joined Shearer's in October 2022 as Vice President and General Counsel. Kathy's deep experience spans 30+ years and across multiple industries. As a seasoned Legal Executive, Kathy has led several companies in complex contract drafting and negotiation, litigation management, labor and employment law, compliance program development and training, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Kathy holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and received her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Kathy resides in Ohio with her husband. She has three grown children, a new granddaughter, and four “grandcats.” In her spare time, she loves to bake, especially Greek pastries and desserts. Kathy also loves playing golf and watching football – Go Browns!

Favorite Snack: Cheese Puffs

Joline Vernon Manning

Chief Human Resources Officer

Joline joined Shearer’s in the fall of 2021 as the CHRO with responsibility for all facets of Human Resources. She and the team are focused on building upon, enhancing and strengthening our programs with a specific commitment to the engagement and development of our employees.

Prior to Shearer’s, Joline most recently served as CHRO for Tarkett North America where she was responsible for the development and leadership of the human resources function. The majority of her career was with Alcoa Engineered Products & Solutions, a manufacturing industry leader serving the aerospace, commercial vehicle and building and construction industries.

Joline held various HR roles with Alcoa, most recently as the vice president of HR for the Engineered Products and Solutions group. In that role, she provided HR oversight and leadership for the five business units within EPS.

Joline earned her BA in Political Science from John Carroll University and her juris doctorate from Capital University. Joline loves spending time with her three kids, her dog Ben, and with coffee – in no particular order.

Favorite Snack: Kettle Chips

Mark McNeil

Chief Executive Officer

Mark McNeil joined Shearer’s in May 2021 as President & Chief Operating Officer as part of an internal succession plan. He was appointed CEO and Board Member of Shearer’s in September 2022.

Mark is a seasoned food industry executive with a strong track record of delivering results as a retailer, manufacturer, and as an accomplished CEO. With more than 20 years of experience, he has helped boost profits and maintain strong performance at several large food manufacturing companies, including Weston Foods, US Foods, and Lassonde Pappas.

Immediately Prior to joining Shearer’s, Mark served as the CEO of Bonduelle Americas, a $1 billion leader in private label vegetables and fruits. During his time there, Mark integrated a significant acquisition and improved the company’s top and bottom line by consistently focusing on his core performance drivers, Employee engagement, Customer relationships, Revenue Management and Operational Productivity.

Mark shuttles between Ohio and Cape Elizabeth, Maine and when not on an airplane he can be found on a golf course or cheering for his hometown Toronto Maple Leaf’s.

Favorite Snack: Double Crunch Salt & Vinegar Chips

Bill Nictakis

Executive Chairman, Shearer's North America

Bill Nictakis, one of our current independent Board members, was named Chairman and CEO of Shearer’s in February 2018. Bill’s work on our Board in helping develop the Value Creation Plan and his extensive experience in our industry make him an ideal CEO to lead our company.

Bill brings more than 33 years of experience to our team and embodies the values of our company with a proven track record of success. Most recently, Bill was CEO at Waterloo Industries Inc., where he led the purchase and subsequent sale of the last remaining US retail tool chest company. Prior to this role, Bill was an executive at Hanesbrands, where he held various positions including Chief Commercial Officer and Co- Chief Operating Officer – Champion brand and global supply chain. Prior to that, he served as the President of the $2 billion U.S. Fresh Bakery division of Sara Lee. Bill spent the first half of his career with Frito-Lay, holding a variety of finance, sales and marketing leadership positions during his 18 years with the company, including leading Frito-Lay’s 20,000-person DSD sales organization.

Bill earned his bachelor's degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and his master's degree in business administration in finance from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. He is a CPA and has served on our Board of Directors since 2012.

Favorite Snack: Vanilla Sugar Wafers

Shearer's

Orangeville, Ontario Canada

Manufacturer

745 Southgate Dr.
Guelph, ON Canada.
Super-Pufft
Shearers Guelph, ON

Number of Employees: 225
Square Footage: 85,000
Products: Enrobed Protein Bars, Nutter Butter, Crème Wafers

Mississauga, Ontario Canada

Manufacturer

745 Southgate Dr.
Guelph, ON Canada.
Super-Pufft
Shearers Guelph, ON

Number of Employees: 225
Square Footage: 85,000
Products: Enrobed Protein Bars, Nutter Butter, Crème Wafers

Calgary, Alberta Canada

Manufacturer

745 Southgate Dr.
Guelph, ON Canada.
Super-Pufft
Shearers Guelph, ON

Number of Employees: 225
Square Footage: 85,000
Products: Enrobed Protein Bars, Nutter Butter, Crème Wafers

Waterford, Pennsylvania

Manufacturer

821 PA-97
Waterford, PA 16441
Shearer's
Shearers Waterford, PA

Number of Employees: 220
Square Footage: 242,000
Products: Kettle, Extruded, Baked

Phoenix, Arizona

Manufacturer

7330 W. Sherman St.
Phoenix, AZ 85043
Shearer's
Shearers Phoenix, AZ

Number of Employees: 430
Square Footage: 230,000
Products: Extruded, Variety of Popcorn, Potato Chips, Kettle Chips, Tortilla, Multi/Variety Packs

Perham, Minnesota

Manufacturer

800 4th St NW
Perham, MN 56573
Shearer's
Shearers Perham, MN

Number of Employees: 400
Square Footage: 510,000
Products: Potato Chips, Kettle, Tortilla, Pellet, Extruded

Newport, Arkansas

Manufacturer

3636 Medallion
Newport, AR
Shearer's
Shearers Newport, AR

Number of Employees: 375
Square Footage: 285,000
Products: Sheeted, Extruded

Lubbock, Texas

Manufacturer

3203 Avenue B
Lubbock TX 79404
Shearer's
Shearers Lubbock, TX

Number of Employees: 225
Square Footage: 180,000
Products: Hand Kettle Chips, Extruded

Guelph, Ontario Canada

Manufacturer

745 Southgate Dr.
Guelph, ON Canada.
Shearer's
Shearers Guelph, ON

Number of Employees: 225
Square Footage: 85,000
Products: Enrobed Protein Bars, Nutter Butter, Crème Wafers

Fort Worth, Texas

Manufacturer

3200 Northern Cross Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76137
Shearer's
Shearers Fort Worth, TX

Number of Employees: 225
Square Footage: 135,000
Products: Kettle, Potato Chips, Sheeted

Burlington, Iowa

Manufacturer

3000 E. Mt. Pleasant St.
Burlington, IA 52601
Shearer's
Shearers Burlington, IA

Number of Employees: 750
Square Footage: 665,000
Products: Wirecuts Crèmes, Animal Crackers, Gingersnaps, Vanilla Wafers, Wheat Crackers, Saltines, Oyster Crackers

Bristol, Virginia

Manufacturer

225 Commonwealth Ave Ext.
Bristol, VA 24201
Shearer's
Shearers Bristol, VA

Number of Employees: 280
Square Footage: 106,000
Products: Potato Chips, Corn Tortilla, Masa

Brewster, Ohio

Manufacturer

692 Wabash Ave N.
Brewster, OH 44646
Shearer's
Shearers Brewster, OH

Number of Employees: 325
Square Footage: 190,000
Products: Kettle Chips, Tortilla, Pellet, Extruded

Stark Distribution Center

Massillon, Ohio

2255 Phoenix Ave
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Shearer's
Shearers Stark Distribution Center

Number of Employees: 275
Square Footage: 750,000
Products: Storage and Distribution of finished and raw materials

Millennium Plant Manufacturer

Massillon, Ohio

4100 Millennium Blvd SE
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Shearer's
Shearers Millennium Plant Manufacturer

Number of Employees: 525
Square Footage: 170,000
Products: Hand Kettle Chips, Auto Potato Chips, Tortilla Chips, and Corn Chips

Shearer's Headquarters

Massillon, Ohio

100 Lincoln Way East
Massillon, Ohio 44646
1-800-428-6843
Shearer's
Shearers Corporate Office

Number of Employees: 130