Wisconsin sees surge in local gourmet frozen pizza makers

"Patrick Grady got his start with pizza more than 15 years ago as a delivery driver for Pizza Hut on Cottage Grove Road," according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

"But it was in 2010, when he began making homemade pizzas for friends during Badgers football games, that a spark was lit and his own business was born.

The Madison La Follette High School graduate is now owner and founder of O'Grady's Premium Pizza. The frozen pizzas are for sale in nine area stores and by the end of 2013, he wants to add 23 more locations.

Grady, 37, joins a growing list of Wisconsin-made pizza companies that are filling up freezers in grocery and convenience stores around the state and adding to the competitive frozen pizza market.

"I'm real excited about it," Grady said from his East Side home office. "I want to see how I stack up against the big boys."

According to Packaged Facts, pizza sales were expected to hit $40 billion in the U.S. in 2012, with frozen pizzas accounting for $4.9 billion."

Read more