This is a day local potato chip fans have been waiting weeks to arrive.
Local producer Mister Bee resumed production and some delivery last week. Fresh bags of the locally made chips are returning to store shelves this week.
Mister Bee has had a rough few months, entering bankruptcy in November, encountering sporadic production and finally, stopping production altogether while officials cleared up issues that led to the interruption of production. A private investor gave the company a much-needed shot in the arm, too.
It's probably a good idea to temper any celebration with a wait-and-see attitude by giving Mister Bee a few weeks to work out any problems that might occur. And no one knows how consumers will receive the price increase that comes along with the resumption of production.
And the chip that has touted itself as the product that's "200 miles fresher" is entering the cyber world through a Facebook page where long-distance orders will be taken. We wish the company and its new president Christie Mallett good luck in the company's new ventures.
Mister Bee has been a familiar brand name and course of pride in the Mid-Ohio Valley since 1951. It stands as the only chip made in West Virginia. The latest chapter in its story is good news for chip fans and its employees who counted on paychecks that get spent in area stores and businesses.