Home Industry Bakery began over 100 years ago as a small shop in which town residents would bring their homemade goods for resale. This continued until an unfortunate fire destroyed that building, and the bakery eventually relocated to Main Street in Clarksburg, WV.
In 1984, having been married for nearly ten years and having two small children at home, Mike and Pam Harris took a jump of faith and made a decision to become the new business owners of Home Industry Bakery. They faced trials along the way, having been turned down by three different banks for financing. With the help of the couple's parents, they eventually got approved (also to thank being the SBA which worked with the Harris' on different programs that helped vastly) and began their journey. They started out with a location on Main Street when they faced another obstacle; their landlord terminating their lease. They then moved their equipment, their products, their entire business to an establishment on South 3rd Street where they have resided for close to 30 years.
In their first few years as business owners, they juggled family life (adding a third child into the mix), as well as working to expand their business and spread their product more and more throughout the state. Pam worked countless days driving to stores with samples, essentially selling their product... although the product practically sold itself. Their first delivery vehicle would be their personal Ford Escort station wagon. At that time, they employed roughly 10 people who all worked on one shift and produced nearly 20 dozen pepperoni rolls a day.
Fast forward 30+ years later; we have grown to have around 300 customers (including stores in WV, OH, MD and PA), have six drivers that deliver our product to each customer Monday through Friday, we employ about 30 people total, and our work load has grown to making more than 400 dozen pepperoni rolls daily. We are also working to move our business once again to provide not only a larger production load, but also the ability to expand further into the surrounding states. We couldn't begin to explain how proud of how far we have come. It has been a dream come true, and our success is due to every single person that has supported us over the years and we want to thank all of you. Here is to the next 30+ years!