The first Pizza Factory opened its doors in 1979 in California near the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Because of the company's reputation for quality pizzas, simplicity of concept and median cost of operation, several more Pizza Factories were added. Partners Dan Wheeler and Ron Willey began franchising the business in 1985. Today there are more than 130 restaurants in 10 western states. Pizza Factory's international expansion in China and the Pacific Rim was developed in association with its master franchisee, International Restaurant Development, a division of Forman Industries. The company s opportunities are available in both small towns and metropolitan communities. The flexibility of three restaurant sizes has enabled it to accommodate any location. Pizza Factory offers homemade, hand-tossed pizza with quality ingredients and toppings. It also serves pasta, calzones, deli sandwiches, salad bar, sodas, beer and wine. Its signature dough and spices are the secret to its award-winning pizzas. Pizza Factory maintains a location in Oakhurst, Calif.