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he says of the transformation. "We
have some great people who are eager
to learn."
From 2000 until the recession hit,
Chukar Cherries grew 10 to 15 percent
annually and is again nearing 10 percent growth this year, representing a total turnaround from how the company
operated before J.T. Montgomery came
on board. "In a lot of ways, we're more
like 15 years old," Pam Montgomery
says of the difference.
"It's really fun to walk through the
factory nowadays and see it purring
and remember what it was like 15 years
ago," J.T. Montgomery adds.
Chukar Cherries is a gift-oriented
company whose business peaks during
the holiday season. On a typical day, the
company sends out between 400 and
500 packages plus wholesale shipments.
But on major shopping days such as
Cyber Monday, Chukar Cherries can
ship as many as 3,500 packages, J.T.
Montgomery says.
The company's products are in high
demand among fruit lovers and specialty
grocer chains. Its main cherries are golden Rainier, Bing and sour Montmorency, but it also offers blueberries, cranberries, apple crisps, nuts and can coat
almost any product in chocolate from
California's Guittard Chocolate Co.
"We made the decision to use the
highest-quality American chocolate,"
Pam Montgomery says of Guittard. Although the chocolate comes from California, Chukar creates its own chocolate
blends and many other ingredients are

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It's really
fun to walk
through the
factory and see
it purring.

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gathered from the Pacific Northwest.
Most of the fruit is grown within a 50mile radius, with the farthest growers
only about 100 miles from the company's
facility. Even Chukar Cherries' packaging is designed by a local artist. "If you're
going to manufacture, support local and
make sure it's fresh," Pam Montgomery
says. "That's really what the basis of the
brand has been all these years."
Chukar Cherries manufacturers almost everything it sells in-house. Fruit
is dried at its facility and coated in
chocolate using dragee pans. The company tracks historical sales data and
times production with high and low
periods to utilize just in time manufacturing principles so that every product
is fresh. "We try to regulate our chocolate manufacturing throughout the year
to make sure nothing leaves the plant
that's more than a couple of weeks old,"
Pam Montgomery says.
The company opened its third retail
location in Leavenworth, Wash.'s Bavarian Village in 2012 and is now looking at its next step for growth. With
its 25,000 square feet of factory space
starting to feel cramped, Chukar Cherries' next goal is to expand its manufacturing area. The company is still early in
the planning stages, but the expansion
area could add about 10,000 square
feet to the building, a viewing area for
customers to watch the chocolate production and also free up space for sales
and marketing. "It will give us space to
grow over the next 10 to 15 years," J.T.
Montgomery says. O
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