Earl A. Harris was always an innovator. He purchased an existing Rogers, Arkansas, bakery in 1927, survived the Great Depression by selling bread for 10 cents a loaf, and paid his bakers more than the prevailing wage in order to ensure consistency and quality.
When demand outpaced output, he opened a new plant in 1937. It wasn’t just a storefront with ovens but one of the state’s first Art Deco buildings, an impressive structure that one newspaper described as “the most beautiful bakery in America.” Its front office was even air-conditioned, a rarity at the time. In 1965 a group of local IGA owners formed Ozark Empire Distributors and purchased the bakery from the Harris family. At the time this was the only bakery in America owned by a group of independent retailers.
Building on our signature Ozark Hearth brand, we are test marketing several new varieties, many with multiple grains and all with no high fructose corn syrup. We expect to add several new varieties in 2018, including a line of Sweet Hawaiian style products created with millennials in mind. We recently partnered with a local tortilla bakery to sell their line of fresh tortillas.
At Harris Baking Company, we are moving with the times while ever mindful of a successful and celebrated past. One constant is our promise to provide delicious and superior baked products delivered at a fair price.
Harris Baking Company. We Make Good Bread.
Alan Tweddell, President | Town & Country, Fredrickstown, MO
Larry Hayward, Vice President | Pyramid Foods
Jay Galyen, Secretary/Treasurer | Harts Family Foods
Boyd Barton, Director | Certified Public Accountant
David Collingsworth, Director | Dave’s Supermarket
Billy Dickerson, Director | Harps Food Stores
Kim Eskew, Director | Harps Food Stores
Joe Kitterman, Director | McKee Foods Corporation
Joe Polizzi, Director | Town & Country Salem, MO