In 1938 William McCutcheon was working for a canning factory, until he was forced to retire at 80 years old. William wasn’t going to have that. Instead he teamed up with his son Robert and Robert’s wife Helen and bought a used cider press for $25 and began pressing fruit for local farmers. The apple business was a seasonal one and the father and son business spent their summers making concrete blocks to make extra money.
As time marched on, the business expanded, and McCutcheon Apple Products began making cider, jellies and other products. Under the leadership of the third generation, Robert and William McCutcheon, they have expanded their distribution to all 50 states and expanded the once small apple manufacturers four-fold. Today, four generations of McCutcheon’s have had a hand in running the company which now employs 30 people. Click here to check out a photo essay of the McCutcheon Apple Products operation.
They have been very successful and would like to expand further, planning a 35,000 square foot retail facility to sell their products, other food related products, and restaurants and cafes. But that expansion must remain a dream for now, because the financial uncertainty facing McCutcheon Apple Products and other businesses.
Mr. McCutcheon lamented that, “If we could move forward with our expansion, my workforce would expand by 30%, but we’re stuck in a holding pattern. Every time taxes are raised, it takes away from the private sector and it’s yet another dampener for the economy.”
“I’m very frustrated, and with good reason. There are too many people in Washington who are making decisions that impact business owners like me but they’ve never had to make a payroll. They aren’t making the tough decisions, balancing an operations budget like real world manufacturers do every day. I want to grow my business and this uncertainty and bad climate for business is making it almost impossible.”
The fiscal cliff and the uncertainty swirling around hurts growth and job creation. As Mr. McCutcheon noted, there are jobs waiting to be created if Washington could simply offer solutions that provide certainty and an atmosphere that doesn’t punish success.