Statewide headlines followed when more than one dozen bullets were fired through the family’s living room window, but no one was hurt.
Voters soundly defeated the initiative.
In 1989, Olsen left the company his grandfather founded and five years later established The Chuck Olsen Co.
“He started the company with nothing but his integrity,” Probstfield said.
“It was his reputation for dealing fairly with customers, taking care of them with good quality produce, service and follow-through that made The Chuck Olsen Co. successful.”
Volume in that first year approached 500,000 cartons, and the company this year will sell and ship more than four million boxes, Olsen said.
One of the company’s guiding principles is a lesson learned from his grandfather.
“He told me, ‘Never ask a man to do something you can’t do, wouldn’t do or haven’t done,’” Olsen said.
Now in the twilight of his career and battling health problems, Olsen has no plans to retire soon.
“This is the greatest industry in the world,” he said.
“Some of my best friends are my competitors.”