ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Natalie and Catherine of Right here @ Residence head to Lane Stadium to speak with Brett Smith, whose household firm — Whitley’s Peanut Manufacturing facility – grew to become the popular vendor of peanuts for Virginia Tech Athletics. For Smith, peanuts are as a lot part of his household as Virginia Tech.
The third-generation homeowners and third-generation Hokies delivered circumstances of peanuts simply in time for the primary house soccer sport. Followers can take pleasure in Whitley’s salted or honey-roasted peanuts at concession stands in Lane Stadium in addition to at Cassell Coliseum and Atlantic Union Financial institution Baseball Park.
Peanuts have been an enormous a part of the Smith household’s on a regular basis life for many years. Smith’s grandfather, Marion Smith ‘64, who earned a bachelor’s diploma in training within the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, was a founding member and first president of the Financial institution of Franklin. In 1974, he was requested by Marvin Whitley, who was a member of the financial institution’s board of administrators, to affix him in a shelling operation partnership referred to as the Whitley Peanut Firm.
Brett’s father, Todd Smith ‘89, who earned a bachelor’s diploma in lodge, restaurant, and institutional administration — now referred to as hospitality and tourism administration — from Pamplin Faculty of Enterprise, joined the family-owned enterprise in 1990.
Extra Hokies within the household embrace Brett’s mom, Kristen ‘90, who obtained a bachelor’s diploma in lodge, restaurant, and institutional administration, and sister, Bridgette, who’s a pupil majoring in human improvement within the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
As we speak the household has retail areas in Williamsburg and Richmond along with the unique retailer in Hayes, Virginia, the place there’s additionally a manufacturing facility and warehousing house. Uncooked peanuts arrive in 2,200-pound totes by the truckload from Birdsong Peanuts, then they’re cooked, dried, and seasoned earlier than packaging.
In 2021, Whitley’s celebrated 35 years in enterprise. With as much as 90 workers throughout the vacation season, Todd, president of Whitley Peanut Manufacturing facility, mentioned the explanation for his or her success is as a result of “high quality of the merchandise, nice workers, and our loyal buyer following.”
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