Shirley Foods Inc. quietly turns out thousands of units per week from old bottle glass factory


Sheri Whisman and Autumn Fairchild package flour tortillas at Shirley Foods, which can produce between 70 and 90 flour tortillas per minute during its production run. The tortillas are frozen and sold to area Mexican restaurants and food distributors. (Jim Mayfield / Daily Reporter)

SHIRLEY — It’s hard to imagine not noticing a production facility that turns out 2,100 units of anything every minute, but unless the place is really cooking, you could walk right by Shirley Foods Inc.

For nearly 40 years, the beige building at the corner of Walnut and Meridian streets in Shirley has been mixing, cooking, heat blasting, hand-stretching and bagging flour and corn tortillas. But unless the ovens are baking and the conveyors are running, the place is as quiet as an August cornfield.

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