Keith and Scott Vrana were born 18 months apart, the only children in their house. Growing up, they were extremely close and wanted to run a business together when they got older. In 2004, that dream became reality when they bought Consolidated Mills, a food contract packaging and product-solutions company that serves institutional and retail food industries. Scott, 46, is the president and Keith, 47, is the executive vice president. But they’re both the face of the company, and they both run it. When they have a disagreement, “whoever sells the best that day wins the argument that day,” Keith said. “Buying it was really exciting for us,” he said. “The company was already on solid footing, and we thought we could grow it by adding capability, broadening the scope of what it was offering.” The company, founded in 1962, focused primarily on packaging spices for use in restaurants – for example, taking large bags of spices and separating them into smaller containers that are more convenient in kitchens. It also blended spices for special recipes according to restaurants’ specifications. The brothers expanded its offerings to include flavor concentrates, food coloring, bakery emulsions, sno-cone syrups, slush concentrates and bar mixers. They added new equipment, manufacturing rooms and an industrial kitchen that quadrupled its capacity to manufacture processed foods such as salsas, barbeque sauces, and Bloody Mary mixes. The building on Brittmoore near U.S. 290 is the only packaging facility locally that does both wet and dry under the same roof, giving Consolidated Mills an advantage over its competition. The added capacity brought in added revenue. When the Vranas bought Consolidated Mills, revenues were about $4.2 million, with about $2.2 of that coming from manufacturing. In 2013, the company’s revenue was about $8 million, with more than $7 million of that coming from manufacturing. And now, instead of simply repackaging other company’s products, Consolidated Mills is producing its own line of salsa, barbeque sauces and bar mixers called Alamo Red. Republic Distributors will begin distributing it to local stores in the next few months. Raised in Waco, the brothers have embraced Cy-Fair since moving to the area. Being responsible business owners is important, Keith said. Keith is active in the chamber, including being chair of the transportation committee. Scott focuses his efforts on education and CFISD. “We get just as much satisfaction out of the things we do for the community as anything we accomplish in business,” he said.