Mr. Bee was founded in 1951 by the Klein family. At that time, the potatoes were fried in the morning and then delivered fresh to the stores in the afternoon. West Virginia Potato Chip Co. is the sole manufacturer of potato chips in the state of West Virginia. In 2018, we became a woman owned business, Hub-Zone Certified GMP Certified, Kosher Certified and SQF edition 8 Certified. The production area has been totally overhauled and houses a new 3 million dollar state of the art fryer (the only one in the US) along with a new conveyor system, seasoners and baggers. We can produce over (100) 1 ounce bags per minute allowing us to provide a faster turnaround time.
West Virginia Potato Chip Co. supports our veterans. We designed a special chip bag to salute our military personnel and Veterans with part of the proceeds going to the USO. Mister Bee values its community and we contribute generously to a multitude of worthy local and state programs and projects. A noteworthy local partnership in 2019-2020 was with the local community college – West Virginia University at Parkersburg – to establish an agricultural program to make use of the 20-acre farmland adjacent to its campus.
The owner Mary Anne Ketelsen was named 2020 Wonder Woman for the State of West Virginia.