By Betty Lin-Fisher
Beacon Journal business writer
Published: January 13, 2013 – 12:16 AM | Updated: January 13, 2013 – 12:30 AM
Orrville: When Nate Schmid was a few weeks old, his mother brought the baby into the Smith Dairy Products Co. headquarters to meet the staff of the family-owned dairy.
A few employees proclaimed “there’s the next Smith Dairy president,” recalled Steve Schmid, Nate’s father, who had served as president since 1986 at the business that Schmid’s grandfather, John J. Schmid, and his brother began in 1909. The Schmids eventually were known as the “Smith” brothers because it was easier to say, said Steve Schmid.