VOL. 130 | NO. 185 | Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Easy Bacon Partners Steve Harvey With Memphis-Based Monogram Foods
When Easy Bacon makes its October debut in supermarkets, it will be the latest meat snack venture by Memphis-based Monogram Foods.
Easy Bacon is a partnership between Monogram and HarCal, the company created by comedian and television host Steve Harvey and Montgomery businessman Greg Calhoun.
Easy Bacon will go on sale in Publix, Kroger and Wal-Mart supermarkets in Atlanta on Oct. 1.
It cooks to a crisp in two minutes, one minute on each side, Calhoun said.
The product will go national in January.
HarCal also has partnered with Vanguard Soap Co. based in Memphis to create a line of soaps called Bilt.
This month HarCal bought a former latex glove and condom factory in Eufaula, Ala., the other city where Harvey and Calhoun are launching their start-ups.
The factory, now called AmeriTech Glove Factory, reopened last week after being shuttered for five years, Calhoun told AL.com in an interview.
"It is the only latex glove facility in the U.S. We have a commitment from Wal-Mart .... We met with the chairman of Wal-Mart Doug McMillon, me and Steve Harvey, and we strategized on how we could bring jobs back to the U.S.," he said.
Calhoun said 25 employees are currently working at the factory, testing the new products.
"By January, we will have our first line up and running," he said, adding he hopes the factory will have 75 to 100 employees by the end of 2015 and 300 employees by the end of next year.
The Montgomery, Ala.-based businessman said he is also in talks with and hopes to manufacture gloves for Tyson Foods and the Transportation Security Administration.
Calhoun and Harvey have been friends for 15 to 20 years, Calhoun said, and when the comedian decided to branch out into the business world, he asked Calhoun to join him. They formed the investment group, HarCal, which is combination of both of their last names.
"It is an honor to have Mr. Steve Harvey commit to Alabama to do business," Calhoun said. He looked at a lot of others states, and he chose Memphis and Alabama.
Senior reporter Bill Dries contributed to this report.
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