Home-Grown Opportunities: A Partnership with University of West Virginia at Parkersburg

In the 1960s, we made a promise that we were 200 miles fresher than our competitors, and through our partnership with West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WVUP), our chips will be as fresh as the potatoes grown in your own backyard.

Through a donation of $45,000 from Mister Bee, the college will grow specialty chipping potatoes on the previously unused Riverhawk Farm, which is just a short walk from the main campus. The first batch of harvested potatoes will go directly to our plant. But this isn’t just about chips—this project grows the entire community.

Through a variety of agricultural programs, students across majors will have interactive learning opportunities. From soil testing in the chemistry department to marketing students advertising events, this learning center prepares students of many entrepreneurial stripes for their careers. As successes lead to investments in more crops and acreage, there will be more opportunities to keep top talent in the community.

We’re excited to bring our chip lovers the freshest potatoes possible, but we’re even more thrilled about how this partnership will grow WVUP, Mister Bee, and Parkersburg for generations to come.