CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A salsa company that started in a West Virginia basement is being acquired by a family-owned food products company in Virginia, the salsa maker's founder said Thursday.
Blue Smoke Salsa's Robin Hildebrand said the tentative deal with Winchester, Va.-based White House Foods is expected to be completed by early June. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Hildebrand said the company's salsa-making operations will stay in Southern West Virginia and she'll remain as president of Blue Smoke Salsa.
"It's very exciting," Hildebrand said. "It's been some kind of journey."
One that almost ended two years ago.
Hildebrand, one of 14 children, began the business in her Fayette County home in 1993 as a way of working while raising her own kids.
The growing business eventually moved into a rented building before she bought a former hardware store in Ansted in 2002.
In 2011, she declared Blue Smoke Salsa a victim of the sluggish economy. With high costs, she planned to shut it down.
"I was just so trapped," Hildebrand said, "and the pressure was just incredible."