Spudmaster Colossal Chips
-- self-proclaimed as "the world's largest chip" -- disappeared from store shelves not long after the October 2009 bust of founder Edward Pilla for running a marijuana-growing operation
out of his house. (Pilla was sentenced to probation, plus shock jail time, in December of last year.
Now St. Louis native Kirk Sissom
has resurrected the Bellflower-based company. Sissoms, along with brothers Scott and Todd, acquired the Spudmaster recipe, equipment and brand in February and turned out their first production cycle last week.
"The chips are as good or better than before," Kirk Sissom tells Gut Check.
Sissom cites two reasons why he and his brothers purchased the company: "We thought it a shame to let the brand go, and we wanted to help support the community."
"It was kind of a sad thing when the factory closed down," explains Sissom, who moved to a farm near the Spudmaster factory Montgomery County factory several years ago. "Some of the full-time employees never found reemployment."
Sissom hopes to return the company's employment to its previous level. As for availability, the chips are available in the Montgomery County area, and have been shipped as far as Pittsburgh and Texas, but aren't yet available in St. Louis proper.
"We're slowly expanding out," Sissom says. "Things are looking good."