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Fourth Generation Potato Chip Maker Thrives

Fourth Generation Potato Chip Maker Thrives

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  • Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:02:59 GMT
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
  • Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:17:26 GMT
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
  • Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-08-12 13:35:19 GMT
    The Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg is a tribute to a transportation industry that once thrived in the heart of Union county."They think they're coming to learn about one buggy maker," said museum executive director Bronwen Sanders, "when, in fact, we actually had 90 buggy makers in town."A visit there is a unique look at carriage making, housed in the refurbished buildings where William Heiss, his family and a handful of workers once turned out much in demand buggies, carriages and sleighs."Peop...More >>
    The Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg is a tribute to a transportation industry that once thrived in the heart of Union county."They think they're coming to learn about one buggy maker," said museum executive director Bronwen Sanders, "when, in fact, we actually had 90 buggy makers in town."A visit there is a unique look at carriage making, housed in the refurbished buildings where William Heiss, his family and a handful of workers once turned out much in demand buggies, carriages and sleighs."Peop...More >>
Mention Lewistown, Pennsylvania and many might think of the town's beautiful Monument Square. Perhaps they might recall the historic Embassy Theater, being restored just down the street from the square. Or, maybe they'll picture the enduring Red's Diner on the edge of town. But I know many people will think of Hartley's potato chips. The kettle-cooked snack tradition of generations of central Pennsylvanians.

Hartley's Chips is a family owned and operated business started nearly eighty years ago in the Lewistown home kitchen of John Irvin Hartley and his wife Gertrude She made the chips. He delivered them door to door. As business increased, the Hartleys moved their home and business a few miles out of town to Maitland. Business continued to expand, and so did the plant facilities. Trucks were added to deliver the goods. Ever-improving production equipment changed the chip-making process, but not the product.

Great-grandson Dan Hartley shares the company helm with his sister Kellie Hartley Johnson. Overlooking the main chip fryer bin, Dan noted that much of how his great-grandparents made chips continues today, just in a bigger fashion.

"This is a lot of the secret to the Hartley recipe. We process our chips differently than most other chip companies," said Dan.

The Hartley siblings believe the best way to manage a business is to be out on the floor where the product is made and packaged; that's where I found them when we stopped by the plant to see how raw potatoes are turned into tasty treats.

"We prefer being out on the floor, working with our employees," said Dan, while boxing shipping cartons of large bags of chips.

Kellie agrees. "It's been a family operation from the beginning and we have close knit people that have always worked here."

The bulk of their chips are sold within a hundred mile radius of Lewistown, but internet sales have expanded their reach nationally. Many web orders come from former Lewistown area residents who miss their hometown snack.


www.hartleyspotatochips.com

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