Local Companies are working over-time to put products on shelves at retailers and grocery stores.
As the impact of the COVID-19 virus descends on the mid-west region, local food manufacturers are working overtime to make sure products are available on store shelves. Local companies, like Mikesell’s Snack Food Company, have been called on to put product on shelves for consumers when local national brands are unable to fill their space at retailers. Local companies have always been important to the local economy as employers, producers, and suppliers. These local companies are now impacting the food supply in a significant way as they help to reduce shortages in the supply chain, now that so many national brands find it difficult to produce and supply products due to their over-allocation of shelf-space coupled with capacity issues.
Mikesell’s prides itself on the ability to provide exceptional service in good times and bad” said Mikesell's New President, Luke Mapp. “This particular crisis will not be an exception. This virus is affecting the daily lives of our customers, consumers, and vendors. We feel that it is our duty to continue to support the communities we serve by making and putting product on the shelf in our retailers.”
The leadership team at Mikesell’s is taking all necessary precautions as outlined by the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC to ensure the health of their employees, distributors, and staff; while continuing to make a safe high-quality product during this pandemic. Employees who are not feeling well are sent home and the staff is monitored on an hourly basis to ensure their well-being. Supplementary measures are taken to ensure all sanitary measures are strictly enforced and carried out daily.
As a producer of food products, Mikesell’s Snack Food Company fits the definition of an essential business. That designation is not the only reason the company continues operations. Mikesell’s is fortunate to have incredible team members who want to continue operations and supporting their local communities by putting their products on the shelf. “With everything that is changing in people’s daily lives, we know there is comfort in seeing the brand you know, love, and perhaps grew up with,” said Mark Plummer, Sales Manager for Mikesell’s. “We are just so pleased to be able to be a part of our customer’s day. We know that a little normalcy will feel good to a lot of folks.”
Mikesell's corporate headquarters is located in Dayton, OH and distributes their products across Ohio, Indiana, eastern Illinois, and Kentucky. The Dayton, OH plant produces potato and kettle chip products, and the plant located in Indianapolis, IN produces extruded puffed corn products. Mikesell’s is proud to support local businesses and is an equal opportunity employer of local workers.