In 1972 James went to work for one of the major sausage companies in Nashville, TN where he worked until 1980. During these years James learned the sausage business from the ground up, starting on a delivery truck. He quickly advanced to more responsible positions in distribution, sales, sales management and plant management. This comprehensive experience was the foundation for forming his own sausage company and the formulation of the unique recipe that is now Goolsby Sausage.
With a desire to go out on his own, James returned to Tennessee in 1981 to start his own business. From the time James opened his business he was constantly working on a sausage recipe that tasted like the true country sausage that his family had made on the farm in Tennessee.
It took several years and lots of taste testing but he finally found the recipe with just the right flavor and texture for a true country sausage. People that taste it now just say “Goolsby’s the good sausage.”