The unimposing yellow metal building that houses Route 11 Potato Chips sits in a rural office park in the Shenandoah Valley surrounded by the mountains of western Virginia. A picnic table out front invites visitors and employees to enjoy a mild day as the smell of baking potato chips fills the air. Appropriate for the historic area, it is short mile or two to the well-known Meems Bottom covered bridge (see Meems Bottom Covered Bridge in the Shenandoah Valley).
Route 11 Potato Chips’ production facility is about to undergo a $1.2 million expansion at their location in Mt. Jackson, a move that that will double its capacity. The popular snack food that has seen its reputation spread far beyond the Shenandoah Valley will bring new jobs while increasing its raw product needs — potatoes and sweet potatoes — with local growers.
Unknown to many, Route 11 Potato Chips originated in Maryland, relocating to Middletown, Virginia, in 1992 where it took over an old feed store before moving into the current facility in 2008. Their reputation has been built around quality, kettle-cooked potato chips with unique flavors. In the expansion process they will install a second production line to meet increased demand for its potato chips, particularly increased orders of its sweet potato chips, from major grocery chains and wholesale distributors.