The largest investment ever made by the Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corp. (MMCDC) comes in the form of a stackable baked potato chip.
Baked chips are one of the fastest-growing segments of the snack food market, and until now it has not been possible to make a baked potato chip that stacks.
That’s why the heart of the $8.5 million gamble by the MMCDC is new technology developed by inventor Steve Twitty in Thailand and his partner.
It combines technology used in the baking industry with technology used and perfected in the production of salty snack foods.
Once it’s up and operating in August, the plant for stackable baked chips in the Mahnomen Industrial Park will use 90-foot-long, 280-foot-wide ovens to bake 16 lanes of chips at a time —producing 27 million canisters of baked chips per year.