After his father Jim was hospitalized for COVID-19, Matt Cracas took over the family’s four-decades-old business, Pickering Valley Feed & Farm in Exton, and made sure it kept running during the pandemic, writes Melissa Jacobs for Main Line Today.
Cracas, 24, who recently graduated from Penn State, has been working at Pickering from an early age and was determined to ensure the business remained operational.
He crafted safety protocols for both employees and customers, handled the back-end accounting, and applied for federal payroll protection.
“(The accounting) was the toughest part,” said Cracas. “My dad would normally walk me through that, but he was hospitalized for 11 days.”
The business ran with a crew of six, down from the usual 15 to 20. To compensate, Cracas worked 12-hour days for a month. Now, he is finally able to somewhat relax as his father is back at work part-time.
“We’re incredibly lucky,” said Cracas. “This will be an experience that my family — and probably the world — will never forget.”
Read more about Pickering Valley Feed & Farm in Main Line Today here.
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