The McKee story began during the
height of the Great Depression when young entrepreneur
O.D. McKee began selling 5 cent snack cakes from
the back of his car. He was just out of college
and newly married, and he was eager to get into
the baking business. Soon after, he and his wife,
Ruth, bought a small, failing bakery, using the
family car as collateral. Money was so tight they
had to put up a sheet near the back of the bakery
for the family's living quarters.
Despite years of great adversity, O.D. and Ruth's
rare determination finally began to pay off in
1960 when they began selling the first family
pack of baked goods, naming them after their granddaughter,
Debbie. Around this time, the company finally
began making a steady profit.
The bakery continued to grow but remained a family
bakery. O.D. and Ruth’s sons, Ellsworth
and Jack, eventually took leadership positions,
and today Ellsworth and Jack's children hold leadership
roles. They are beginning to introduce the 4th
generation of the McKee family to the business.
McKee Foods stands as a living legacy of a young
couple with a big dream. O.D. and Ruth shared
a strong commitment to family values that remains
our company's foundation today.
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