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Mary Anne Ketelsen is well-known across the state as president of West Virginia Potato Chip Company in Parkersburg. Founded in 1951 as Mister Bee Potato Chip Company, the beloved home state snack maker was faltering in the early 2010s. Ketelsen and partners bought the operation in 2015 and turned it around. We honored Ketelsen as a WV Living Wonder Woman in 2020.
A graduate of Glenville State College, Ketelsen has broad experience in manufacturing. She spent nearly three decades at American Cyanamid and Solvay earlier in her career, learning quality control, distribution, human resources, and customer service. Improving efficiency on the manufacturing floor is one of her particular skills, one that requires analysis of equipment, materials, and workflow as well as an awareness of technological advancements.
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