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Achatz Pie Owner Talks About Growing from Little Orchard to Big Bakehouse

Wendy Achatz says the growing local pie company had $8 million in sales last year and expects to hit $10 million this year. She also talks about the success of their new Chesterfield Township headquarters.

The Achatz Handmade Pie Company's expects to hit $10 million in sales this year, up from $8 million last year.

The company's growth, including its 1 1/2-year-old headquarters in Chesterfield Township, is the spotlight of an article in this week's Metromode news magazine.

Owner Wendy Achatz told Metromode: "We needed to move from our little orchard to a bigger bakehouse. We had to," she sighs. "But we're still making our pies the same way."

She says the wildflower fields nearby bring a little bit of country to the more urban setting in the Chesterfield industrial park, and the location is a bike ride away from her home.

"We've come a long way," . "We've poured our life and blood into this business."

Achatz was founded by Wendy and her husband in 1993 in Armada. The caterers started by baking pies in his parents' kitchen and selling them at farmers' markets, fairs and other places where they personally sold to customers. 

The 20,000-square-foot Chesterfield building houses 160 employees.

Dorothy Bade May 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Achatz can make a pie ALMOST as good as mine.... LOL. We enjoy coming to the Chesterfield Store. The employees are always pleasant, helpful and encouraging us to 'try' the pies. Good Products + Good Service = Great Business. Keep it up Achatz...

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