Indiana snack maker Seyfert's closing after 84 years

Fort Wayne-based Seyfert's will stop making snacks after 84 years in business. (Photo: WPTA)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WTHR) - An iconic Indiana snack maker is closing after more than 80 years in business.

According to WPTA-TV, Seyfert's will no longer manufacture snacks at their Fort Wayne factory. Employees will be given one week's pay for every year they worked at the company, which will also offer job placement services.

"I don't know what we're going to do now," driver Brad Borntreger told WPTA. "There are going to be a lot of people out of a job."

The company, which produces chips, pretzels, cheese puffs and other snacks said the business is no longer profitable. Officials explored other options, including selling the company, which has been under the control of Troyer Potato Products since 2001, but found no viable alternative.

Seyfert's was founded in Fort Wayne in 1934 by Pennsylvania native Charles Seyfert, WPTA reported.

The Seyfert's brand got attention on the national stage when Fort Wayne's Myrtle Young, known as the "Potato Chip Lady" was on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1987. As Young showed off her prized collection of chips that resembled objects or celebrities, Carson took a bite of an ordinary potato chip, but Young thought he was munching on part of her prized collection.

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