WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Zach and Max Zitney are twin brothers with a similar dream: Growing their e-commerce business, Jerky XP, a two-year-old company with customers across the globe.
“We started when we were in college at Ohio State playing video games and eating beef jerky, so we went down this avenue of wanting to start a company that sold beef jerky online to people who played video games,” Zach Zitney said.
JerkyXP is establishing a fulfillment center where they plan to hire ten employees to ship their jerky products around the world. The plan is for the center to be located on Youngstown Rd. SE, at the former site of the Warren Family Mission.
Chase Bank gave Jerky XP a $100,000 Mission Main Street Grant to establish a fulfillment center with a mission centered around giving people a second chance by creating ten jobs for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Councilman Vince Flask and Warren Mayor Doug Franklin worked to attract the company to the area.
“A job can be the difference in someone putting their life on track and falling back into a destructive pattern. Having a company that is willing to provide these opportunities is going to have a positive impact on the community and people’s lives,” Flask said.
According to a news release from JerkyXP, the company caters to video “gamers” who like to snack and “tend to go on binges and need a quick snack to keep playing.”
“We don’t want to just be, ‘Oh, we sell stuff on e-commerce,’ We want to give back as well,” Max Zitney said. “We want to make communities better and just give jobs to people that deserve the opportunity to grow their resume, get back out there and prove that they’re worth it.”
The Zitneys say they’re hoping to be moved in and operating out of the new building by the end of the month.