WRENS, Ga. (WFXG) - Stuckey's, the home of the pecan log roll, has been a staple of many people's childhoods. The company lost its touch in recent memory, but this classic chain is making a national comeback, thanks in part to a local community. 

In 2019, Environmental Attorney Stephanie Stuckey received a call from a group of investors that she says completely changed her life. 

“They asked me if I wanted to buy Stuckey’s,” she recalled. 

Stuckey's was started by Stephanie's Grandfather in 1937, but it had been out of the family's hands since before she was born. 

“At that point, we were six figures in debt, I was 53 years old. I have zero background in running a company,” she said. 

The decision on whether or not to buy wasn't an immediate or easy one. Stephanie said she took time to reflect and review the company and the balance sheets. 

“I consulted three financial experts, I went to three because it took me three to get the answer I wanted,” she said. “People ask me why I did it and it's because I love my grandfather, it’s that simple."

Stephanie ended up purchasing the company and made changes, turning it around and returning it to the profitable company it once was.

“We went back to our roots. We started as a pecan stand on the side of the road in Eastman, Georgia,” she said.

Going back to their roots meant bringing the production of products everyone came to know back in-house. 

“We’re making them in beautiful Wrens, Georgia so we bought a candy plant. We bought this facility that’s been around since 1935, founded by Hugh Atwell. Atwell’s Pecans,” she said. 

After refocusing and restructuring the business, their production facility in Jefferson County is as busy as ever. While busy, the atmosphere inside the facility still has that family touch.

“We employ family members. It’s not uncommon to see a father, son, husband, wife, so it’s not uncommon to see things like that,” Stephanie explained. 

She says the continued growth of the brand and facility is not stopping. 

“We’re working hard to work with the local technical school, local high school, we want to build job training, we want to build soft skills,” Stephanie said. 

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