HANOVER, Pa. (KDKA) – The “Godfather of the Cheese Ball” is retiring after more than 26 years of service at Pennsylvania-based snack company Utz.

On Twitter, Utz shared a photo of John Warehime who sold the first cheese ball barrel to Sam’s Club in 1997.

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“Today is a bitter sweet day at Utz,” the post read.

Utz is a privately owned snack company that started in Hanover.

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It makes snack products in nearly a dozen plants in Pennsylvania, including potato chips, cheese snacks, pretzels, corn chips, tortilla chips, popcorn, pork skins and onion rings.