Portland, Michigan: New Era Potato Chip Silo

"Of all the potato chip container silos around, this is one of the very best." Beloved mid-century brand absorbed by Frito-Lay.

10284 E. Grand River Ave., Portland, MI
Southeast of town. I-96 exit 77, then drive south one mile on E. Grand River Ave. On the left, next to the road.
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New Era Potato Chip silo.

Potato Chip Silo

The New Era Potato Chip Silo remains a worthy drive-by or photo-op in 2022.

[Michael Green, 07/04/2022]

Potato chip silo.

New Era Potato Chip Silo

Visited the potato chip silo in August 2020...very cool to see up close. Kudos to the family for keeping it up!

[Debra, 08/07/2020]

It was an important snack emanating from Detroit, where potato chip competition was intense. New Era Potato Chips had a peculiar label depicting a silhouetted woman on a pedestal, It hit the shelves in 1951 as a "scientifically processed" health-wise potato chip.

New Era Potato Chip silo.

New Era Potato Chip Silo

Rode down to Portland for lunch and figured I'd swing out and see if the silo was still painted. It is, and looks to be in fantastic condition.

[John, 08/01/2017]
New Era Potato Chip Silo

My name is Bob, I am 87 years old. My father Alvin must have painted this silo originally. We did so many of these in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana from 1948 to 1961. I am going to visit this one and want to know if more survived. We also painted Pfiffer Beer silos in the same states.

[Bob, 04/07/2017]

This is the only New Era Potato Chip Silo that we know of.

Potato chip silo.

New Era Potato Chip Silo

Fun roadside site for a quick photo stop. We took a tour group of hot rod friends through the area in May 2016 and the silo looked great.

[Keith, 06/27/2016]

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