Chipmaking of the potato kind has deep roots in York County

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A Martin’s Potato Chips employee fills a seasoning hopper at the company’s Thomasville-area plant in this York Daily Record/Sunday News file photo from 2004. Martin’s makes one of York County’s iconic products. (See additional photo below.) Also of interest: York’s Central Market sells steak … and sizzle and Richard Nixon’s visits seared into York countians’ minds and 20 questions and answers to prove your York County smarts

Over at Universal York, blogger June Lloyd has a mini-series going on potato chip making in York County.
For example, she links Hanover Foods Bickel’s and Bon-Ton potato chips: Potato Chips Go Back a Long Way in York County… .


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A Martin’s worker bags a sample of potato chips from the line in 2004. Throughout the afternoon, random samples are taken to test salt and moisture content. Another Martin’s employee performs similar tests in the morning.
And she writes about delightful childhood memories of smelling the scent of frying potatoes.
June also explores Senft Bros. Potato Chips: More on York County Potato Chips.
Something that has always interested me about Martin’s, Snyder’s of Hanover, Utz, Bickel’s, Lay’s – and Senft’s. All were produced west of the Codorus Creek in York, including all the way southwest in Hanover.
Wonder why?
Can anyone remember any chip makers in eastern York County?
In the meantime, June Lloyd provides more on El-Ge, Top Hat and other potato chip and snack food makers.
Also of interest:
Who makes the best potato chips in York County, Pa.?
Who makes the best potato chips in York County, Martin’s or Utz? Or someone else?.
The whereabouts of Utz’s longtime Baltimore neon sign explained.
Edited, 7/22/10

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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