Raising the Bar
Hearthside Food Solutions’ 13 manufacturing plants and 5,000 employees manu-
facture snack bars for some of the world’s largest food companies.
Krystal Gabert, Editor
Hearthside Food Solutions is a young com- pany with deep roots. Co-founded in 2009 by a group of investors led by Hearthside
Chairman and CEO Rich Scalise, the company
strives to be the largest and best contract
manufacturer of snacks in the country. With its
headquarters in Downers Grove, Ill., and several
processing facilities in Grand Rapids, Mich.,
Hearthside Food Solutions boasts a network of
13 processing facilities across the country.
Scalise and his investors “saw an opportu-
nity to create a company with greater access
to capital,” according to Brian McNamara, Vice
President of Sales and Marketing. The company
was founded in the wake of Peanut Corporation
of America’s massive recall, and Scalise and
Hearthside’s new owners saw an opportunity to
create a contract manufacturer with a keen eye
on food safety.
Thirteen months after Hearthside’s initial acquisition, the company purchased two
additional businesses, including a cereal and
granola processing facility from Golden Temple
in Eugene, Ore., and the Consolidated Biscuit
Company in McComb, Ohio, which specializes in
cookies, crackers and baked bars. The acquisitions tripled the size of the company.
Hearthside Food Solutions has continued to
grow and now operates 13 processing facilities across six U.S. states. The latest acquisition brought Hearthside back to Grand Rapids,
where the company has added a fourth Roskam
facility to its stable.