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New Business Spotlight - Business gets fired up for barbecue

May 01, 2010
  • Eric Forrester is owner of Mason-Dixon BBQ Services in Greencastle, Pa. The retail business, which opened April 3, sells and rents barbecue equipment. The business also sells barbecue sauces and rubs used by teams in Kansas City Barbeque Society competitions that cannot be found in supermarkets.
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Name of business: Mason-Dixon BBQ Services

Owner: Eric Forrester

Address: 1542 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle, Pa.

Opening date: Retail store opened April 3

Products and services: "Mason-Dixon sells a full line of commercial charcoal and LP gas hog roasters, chicken roasters, barrel smokers, grills, LP gas portable fryers and portable sinks. We also rent these units out for use at large events - family reunions, church events, street fairs, fundraisers, etc.

"Mason-Dixon also is involved in Kansas City Barbeque Society competitions and carries sauces and rubs created and used by competition teams on the KCBS barbecue circuit - stuff that can't be found in supermarkets. In October, we put on Smoketoberfest, a professional KCBS competition at Rhodes Grove Conference Center in Marion, Pa., which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We are in the planning stages for Smoketoberfest 2010."

Market area: Franklin and Cumberland counties in Pennsylvania; Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland; and Martinsburg, W.Va.

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How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "I was in the restaurant business for about 14 years before going into the manufacturing business, so food service is in my blood. From 2001 to 2007, I was sales manager for a company that built large grills/hog roasters and I became familiar with the barbecue business and competition barbecue. In 2007, I started Mason-Dixon BBQ Services and began selling grills, smokers and roasters primarily to the military and government entities through GSA contracts. After hosting Smoketoberfest last year and seeing the enthusiasm of local residents for great barbecue, I decided to open a retail barbecue store."

Previous business experience: "I was in the restaurant business for many years and helped open and manage Red Lobster restaurants in Chambersburg, Pa., and Hagerstown. After leaving the restaurant business, I went on to be sales manager for several local manufacturers. I also own another company - CELF Services LLC - and do machine work and metal finishing for the government and several military contractors."

Number of employees: Two

Hours: Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon; Tuesday and Sunday, closed.

Phone number: 717-643-0039

Website: http://www.mdbbqservices.com

E-mail address: info@mdbbqservices.com">info@mdbbqservices.com

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