Keith Dunn, of Westminster Cracker Co., named Rutland County Businessman of the Year

RUTLAND - The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce held its 111th annual meeting sponsored by General Electric-Rutland. Members selected Keith Dunn, co-founder of Westminster Cracker Co., as the RRCC 2009 Business Person of the Year.

In his remarks, RRCC's Tom Donahue highlighted a lengthy list of Dunn's accomplishments.

Dunn and his cousin Peter Dawly are fifth generation cracker manufacturers and restarted Westminster Crackers in 1989.

Westminster Cracker Co. operates three shifts, 24 hours a day, 6 days a week.

The company located in Howe Center in Rutland City has grown to over 50,000 sq feet of manufacturing space and employs 50 people full time.

Westminster Cracker Co. utilizes rail for their raw materials including 200,000 lbs of unbleached wheat flour per week stored in large silos at the plant. Westminster Crackers are sold nationally and are also redistributed internationally.

The company's retail line can be found packaged under the Olde Cape Cod label.

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