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Innovation Adoption Program Helps Sistersville Manufacturing Company

Uncle Bunk LogoTechConnect West Virginia’s Innovation Adoption Program (IAP) is helping an award-winning West Virginia manufacturer take its operations to a new level.

Uncle Bunk’s is a family-owned specialty food company in Sistersville that manufactures gourmet food products based on old-time Appalachian recipes. Its unique line of “Condiments with a Kick,” which includes sweet pickles, mustard relishes, pepper sauces,  spices, rubs and chili mixes, has earned Uncle Bunk’s a host of national awards in the specialty food industry. TechConnect recently awarded the company an Innovation Adoption Program grant to help it fund a thorough analysis of its manufacturing processes and available space along with recommendations on how to optimize those processes and space. The overarching goal is to help Uncle Bunk’s increase its manufacturing capacity. Ultimately, that will allow the company to expand its capacity to compete in the specialty food market.

The West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership will carry out the scope of work.

Uncle Bunk’s is owned and operated by Larry Young, his wife Rose Marie, and their daughter Stacey Young Kasun. All of the company’s products are based on Larry’s (the “Uncle Bunk” in Uncle Bunk’s) grandmother’s recipes and are handmade in small batches using the freshest produce available, most of which is locally grown. The company hand-cuts and packs the produce in the same way that generations have canned these West Virginia favorites.

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