About Us

About Us

40+ years of dedication and innovation

In 1978, Pretzel’s Inc. founders Bill Mann and Bill Huggins started building a strong business founded on trust and relationships. This passion and dedication allowed Pretzel’s Inc. to grow into a premier snack company known for innovation, quality and service.

World Class Facilities - Plymouth - Bluffton

OUR FACILITIES

Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Bluffton and Plymouth, Indiana, are home to passionate bakers that honor tradition while incorporating the latest technology. We constantly invest to improve our facility, drive efficiencies and deliver the best snacks at exceptional value.

OUR TIMELINE

1980
Original building
1981
North warehouse extended
1984
West oven room extended
1987
Carton warehouse added
1988
South oven room extended
1990
Building extended to the north and into the warehouse
1992
East expansion of oven room and packaging room
1994
Carton warehouse extended
1997
Eastern extension of oven room and northern extension of warehouse
2001
State-of-the-art robotic palletizing system installed
2009
New oven installed, expanding capacity
2012
Extruded packing room added
2013
Peanut butter filled pretzels introduced
2017
Plymouth, Indiana facility opened
2020
120,000+ square foot expansion of Plymouth facility

OUR LEADERS

Greg Pearson

Chief Executive Officer
Greg Pearson - Chief Executive Officer

Greg’s career in food manufacturing started right after graduating from Carleton College when he was recruited by General Mills. He was a member of their team for 12 years before moving to other experiences at companies such as ConAgra Foods and TreeHouse Foods. Greg joined our team after a successful stop at Chewy.com. He is eager to help Pretzels, Inc. launch into our future while holding true to our core values.

Greg obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with distinction. Additionally, he had the honor of being a Chair of the National Pasta Association, and is also dedicated to not-for-profit organizations focusing on early childhood education, having been inspired by his mother, a teacher.

Greg is devoted to his wife of five years, Laura, and their two children, son Gabriel and daughter Sofia. Together they all help take care of their furrier family members, a golden retriever and a labradoodle.

Paul Schaum

Chief Operating Officer
Paul Schaum - Chief Operating Officer

Paul is COO of Pretzels, Inc., having joined us with nearly 35 years of experience in baking and food manufacturing. This experience included 14 years with UTZ Quality Foods as VP of Manufacturing and nine years with Earthgrains/Sara Lee Baking as Plant Manager and Director of Total Quality Systems Nationally.

Graduating from West Chester University with a degree in Business Administration, Paul found a passion for food early in his career. He received the title of Certified Baker from the American Institute of Baking in Manhattan, Kansas. He truly learned his people-development skills as an Outward Bound and Survival School instructor as well as having had the fantastic experience of coaching the U.S. Marine Corps soccer team in Washington, D.C., for two years.

Paul’s family includes his wife of nearly 40 years, Carol, and their two children, Christopher and Kevin.

Craig Anderson

Chief Financial Officer
Craig Anderson - Chief Financial Officer

As Pretzel’s Inc. CFO, Craig believes that being a collaborative team and making sure that each system works together makes the strongest impact on an organization. Some of his previous experience includes years with Virtual Marketing Strategies and SGI, LLC.

An Indiana State University alumnus, Craig graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is an accredited Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Craig is also involved in his church and devotes time to helping his daughter by promoting autism awareness through the Autism Center.

Craig is married to his wife of nearly 28 years, Andrea. Together, they have two children in college at Indiana University whom they are very proud of, a son at the senior level and a daughter at the freshman level.

William “Chip” Mann II

Vice President of Sales/Board Member
William “Chip” Mann II - Vice President of Sales/Board Member

Chip has the great honor of being a member of one of our two original founding families. He has been with us since 1988, when he started as a regional salesman. Today, he still has a great passion for our people and great-tasting, high-quality snacks as our Vice President of Sales and a member of our Board of Directors.

Calling Western Michigan University his alma mater, Chip graduated with a major in Business Administration. In his years since graduation and joining our team, Chip has been an active member with the Snack Food Association (SFA), sitting on many management workshop committees. He is a member of the SFA Excom Committee and Board of Directors and held the honor of SFA Chairman twenty years after his father held the same position.

When asked of his proudest moment, Chip answered with his admiration of our company’s ability to survive the tragic Christmas fire of 1997. He is proud of the way we took care of our people and customers, the way we survived, and the way we pulled together to rebuild.

Chip is married to his wife of more than 20 years, Kim. They have three children, Addie, Sadie, and Augie, who keep busy with school and sports activities.

Tim Jax

Vice President Marketing & Innovation
Tim Jax

Tim joined Pretzel’s Inc. after previously holding numerous leadership positions in marketing and innovation within the food industry. He most recently served as a general manager at TreeHouse Foods and previously as a brand manager leading Snacks Innovation at ConAgra Foods.

Tim earned his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications. He and his wife of eight years, Jessica, have two children, Henry and Eleanor.