McClure's Pickles didn't really start out as a business five years ago.
More like a profitable hobby for Joe McClure and his family.
became real when the craft pickle producer hired its first employee in
the summer of 2007 to keep up with demand. Today the company has offices
in Metro Detroit and New York City, with 15 employees in Troy and
another five in Brooklyn.
"We thought it would be fun," says Joe, who co-founded McClure's Pickle
with his brother Bob and his parents, Mike and Jenny. "We have been
making them for a long time so we thought it would be a fun little
venture. We weren't doing it for the money."
Now they are.
McClure's Pickles ships about 100 cases of pickles a day, almost double
what it was shipping a year ago. It recently doubled its equipment and
manufacturing space so it can meet growing demand in 10 states and major
metro areas, including Detroit, New York City, Cleveland, Chicago, New
Jersey and San Francisco. The next target market is Texas.
Pickles is aiming to continue its market expansion. Joe wants to
enlarge his production space in Michigan to 10,000 square feet and
increase his staff in Michigan to 20 people. "Demand keeps going up,"
Joe says. "We have some great distribution channels and a good food
following."Source: Joe McClure, co-founder of McClure's PicklesWriter: Jon Zemke