Timeline of Our History
Early 1900s: William Shearer opened a family grocery in Canton, Ohio, called Shearer’s Market.
1950s: William’s grandson Jack and his wife Rosemary started running the family business.
1974: Jack and Rosemary Shearer bought a snack food distributorship, and their sons Bob and Tom joined the company.
1979: Shearer’s launched a snack food manufacturing operation to offer a complete line of snacks with high-quality standards.
1982: Shearer’s outgrew its rental space and purchased a 20,000 square foot facility on 10 acres in Brewster, Ohio.
1983: The company introduced the Grandma Shearer’s logo to honor Rosemary.
1991: Brewster plant size increased to 52,000 square feet.
1998: Brewster plant size doubled, adding production capacity for tortilla chips and cheese curls.
2007: Shearer’s purchased a snack food plant in Lubbock, Texas, to produce kettle chips and extruded products.
2010: Shearer’s acquired Snack Alliance, a manufacturer of branded and private label snacks with manufacturing facilities in Bristol, Virginia and Hermiston, Oregon.
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.
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.
2012: Chicago-based private equity firm Wind Point Partners purchased Shearer’s and appointed C.J. Fraleigh as chairman and CEO.
2014: Shearer’s acquires Lance Private Brands business from Snyder’s-Lance, including plants in Burlington, Iowa and Ontario, Canada.
2014: Shearer’s acquired the assets of the Medallion Foods business from Omaha-based ConAgra Foods.
2015: Shearer’s Snacks acquired Minnesota-based Barrel O’ Fun, a private label company that also manufactures brands such as Barrel O’ Fun, Larry the Cable Guy, Rachel’s and more. This acquisition includes facilities in Perham MN, Phoenix, AZ and Waterford, PA.