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wickFrom raising pigs to starting a trucking company, Duane “Wick” Wickersham was always a hard working entrepreneur. On September 2, 1944, Wick was making a delivery to a local factory in Winchester, IN, and upon arrival noticed a commotion; an employee had spent his lunch hour at the pub and returned intoxicated. In his impaired state the employee caused an accident that shut down production. Wick overheard the plant managers complaining about how often their employees were getting intoxicated during their lunch break, and Wick suggested that they open a café inside the facility so employees would stay for lunch. A week later, the owners of the factory called Wick and asked if he would like to open that cantina. After a successful first year, he sold the cantina to the factory and started The Rainbow Restaurant in downtown Winchester.

Historic Plant PictureUsing many of his Grandmother’s recipes, Wick was successful with his new restaurant. The pies were such a hit (especially Sugar Cream Pie) that he started delivering them out of a 1934 Buick Sedan. Wick reached his goal of producing and selling 300 pies per day after just 4 years. Through hard work and word of mouth, the demand for Wick’s pies outgrew his capacity, and he needed to scale his production. pie_trucks_historicIn 1961, Wick purchased a building just East of downtown Winchester and built his new production line which featured a nitrogen freezing process that allowed for the shipment of frozen pies. We still reside at 217 SE Greenville Ave in Winchester, where we now make 10,000 pies and over 30,000 pie shells in an 8-hour shift.

Sugar Cream Baking 1962Like many family businesses, Wick employed his own children to help grow the company. Wick’s daughter, Paulette was hired in 1983 to work in production and retire as HR manager in 2006. Her son, Rob Kelly, has been with us since 1990 and is now our plant manager. In 1985, Mike Wickersham joined his father at Wick’s Pies and became our new company president. Mike’s son, Dylan, was brought on in 2014 for sales, social media and marketing. In 1990, Marsha Wickersham, Wick’s Daughter, joined Wick’s Pies to head up sales. Together, the family has grown Wick’s Pies by staying true to Wick’s values of making the highest quality product while providing great customer service. Today we employ more than 70 people who are part of the Wick’s Pies family.

To Our Valued Customers:

Wick's Pies is actively assessing our business continuity plan as concerns over the coronavirus, or COVID-19, spread throughout the nation. We understand the important role our products play in your business. Currently, we do not foresee any disruptions in our supply chain or production and are continuing to produce in the ordinary course of business. We have been in communication with our suppliers and delivery contractors and believe at this time that there will be no interruption to service or delivery.

Like all responsible corporate citizens, we're doing our part to support local health officials and government leaders as they work to prevent the spread of the virus, including instituting company-wide policies that promote social distancing and in being more flexible in our employee attendance policies.

In addition, we are restricting visitors to our office and plant and are encouraging on-going business relationships to take place electronically or by telephone.

Wicks production plant follows the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) rules laid out for Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis and Risk Based Preventive Controls for Human Food. We have
enhanced our policy for promoting good hygiene, including handwashing, encouraging employees to avoid close contact with people who are sick and importantly, encouraging them to stay home when they are sick and we have enhanced our daily plant cleaning and sanitation procedures.

Our priority today, as it is at any time, is the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and consumers. We will continue to closely monitor the domestic and global supply chain during this evolving situation.

Should we be alerted to any significant changes in our status, we will update you.

-- Michael D. Wickersham