The company put an emergency Dum Dum production schedule in force with extended overtime and weekend hours and no interruptions in distribution were anticipated. It purchased Detroit's A-Z Candy Company, reputed to be the largest maker of candy canes in the United States. By 1977 Dum Dums were Spangler's most popular product, accounting for 44 percent of all sales. Expansion had been taking place regularly at Spangler since 1911. Despite a loyal base of Gold Leaf Baking Powder customers, Spangler found the business hard going at first. Spangler brand names include Dum Dums, Saf-T-Pops, Whistle Pops, Spangler Candy Canes, and Spangler Circus Peanuts. Omar Spangler had passed away in 1940 after a long illness; Arthur died in a boating accident in 1945. A variety of 60 products are being made and shipped from Spangler Candy Company. In 1929, partner Ernest Spangler moved to the Toledo area to run the wholesale unit there. Spangler also sells a variety of mint candy, hard candy, dextrose candy, and caramel candy. In 1955, Montgomery Ward's candy cane giveaway at Christmas gave Spangler sales a boost. He took to selling other products to help make ends meet. America's entry into World War II brought with it strict rationing of many essential goods; however, wise business decisions made just before rationing began guaranteed it adequate supplies of sugar and chocolate. 2011: Kirk Vashaw is elected President and CEO in July. In 2020, Spangler bought the rights to Bit-O-Honey from Pearson Candy Company. 1940s-50s: Spangler Incorporates and Expands. The age of automated candy making had begun. The Apple Sucker was so popular that the firm had to introduce a night shift in order to keep up with demand. After the war ended, competition among candy producers resumed with a vengeance. Another milestone was achieved in 1960 when the firm's workers turned out 50 million tons of candy. Ernest Spangler, now 80, continues as honorary chairman. Norman Spangler is secretary and production manager. After all the Spangler sons had returned home from the war, in April 1946, the company's structure was changed from a partnership to a corporation. 1970s: Next Generation Joins the Family Business. Before long, Cocoanut Balls were being sold as far east as New York City and as far west as Denver. 2008: Kirkland B. Vashaw, fourth generation family member, becomes President. Spangler's successes continued. We recognize the value of our established brand names and the need to continue to promote and enhance the consumers' awareness and preference for our brands. Dum Dums were invented in 1924, and Spangler purchased the rights and equipment in 1953. The Spangler Candy Company is a privately owned international confectioner that has been manufacturing and marketing candy since 1906. Ted Spangler is president and sales manager. We believe it is necessary to be a leader in providing reliable, consistent, and accurate service to customers. The war helped create one of Spangler's most successful products of the 1940s. The candies of the Spangler Candy Company have been household names in America for decades. The same year the company moved to its present-day location on North Portland Street in Bryan. Later in 1978, Spangler acquired the rights to produce Saf-T-Pops, lollipops with a patented looped handle to make them safe for very young children. By April 1974, costs had risen so much that Spangler could no longer afford to produce one-cent Dum Dum suckers. Charles Spangler is transportation manager and in sales service. When the peanuts proved popular, Spangler bought her a kerosene stove which enabled her to increase her daily quota to about thirty pounds of nuts a day. Every day Spangler's 500,000 square foot facility in Ohio produces more than seven million Dum Dums, one million Sat-T-Pops, and 2.5 million candy canes. New products continued to be introduced as well. 1927: Spangler founds wholesaling subsidiary in Maumee, Ohio. In June 2001, a fire thought to be arson struck a warehouse, destroying some 110,000 cases of Dum Dums, with an estimated value of $6.5 million. Arthur Spangler's son, Theodore, went to work in the factory in 1940. A-Z's equipment was transported from Michigan to Bryan, Ohio, and candy canes went into production in fall 1954, just in time for the Christmas rush. The candy canes were the largest new product introduction in the company's history. Introduced during the war, the cough drops caught on during the widespread influenza epidemic of 1918. The cousins would eventually take over the management of the Spangler Candy Company after the World War II. Later that year, Dean Spangler was awarded "Entrepreneur of the Year" distinction by the Toledo Business Journal, which regarded the CEO and president as "proud and committed to preserving the Spangler family heritage, history and contributions." In 2018, Spangler bought various assets and brands from the defunct Necco, retaining the rights to Necco Wafers, Sweethearts conversation hearts, and Canada Mints. 2007: In June, the Spangler Fulfillment Center begins operation as a distribution center for Save Wrapsfor Stuff and website items. As the 1920s began, Spangler was producing nothing but candies--it had even discontinued its once popular baking powder--and in 1920 the firm changed its name to the Spangler Candy Company. With consumer interest in sugar-free food on the rise, sugar-free Lite-Mints, introduced in 1978, took off rapidly. However despite the economic downturn, the decision was made to keep Spangler a private company, and it is now one of the company's corporate principles to remain privately owned. Spangler's Marshmallow Topping, which was made primarily from corn syrup, became popular as a sugar substitute at a time when the real thing was scarce. 2018: On May 23, The Spangler Candy Company made the winning bid of $18.83 million in a bankruptcy auction for the, This page was last edited on 18 June 2022, at 16:24. The Spangler Candy Company has its origins in the Gold Leaf Baking Powder Company, which Arthur Garfield Spangler purchased for $450 at a sheriff's auction in August 1906. Dean L. Spangler, who had been running the Boren Brick Company, returned to the company to take over as president. Spangler Candy Company was established August 20, 1906 when Arthur G. Spangler purchased the Gold Leaf Baking Company of Defiance, Ohio for $450 and moved it to 204 W. High Street in Bryan, Ohio. The company introduced the Spangler Cocoanut Ball, the first candy it manufactured on its own in 1911. Spangler reorganized its senior management team in October 1996. In 1931, it purchased the recipe and trademark for Hickok Honeycomb Chips, a popular crunchy toffee and chocolate candy manufactured by C.F. FREE Blueberry Sassy Straws with $49.00+ order. The Spangler company began to grow quickly, aided by Bryan Ohio's prime location on the crossroads of several key rail lines to Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. Spangler Cough Drops was one product that gave the firm a leg up. In their first year of production, Spangler turned out more than 84 million Dum Dum suckers. Spangler gives Bryan its identity as the "Dum Dum Capitol of the World". However, within three months of their debut, demand for Lite-Mints reached 11,000 cases a month and additional manufacturing equipment had to be rushed to Bryan from Britain. In March 2000, the company announced a licensing arrangement with Herman Goelitz, Inc. the maker of Jelly Belly jelly beans. The new company was named Spangler Manufacturing Company and produced baking soda, baking powder, corn starch, laundry starch, spices, and flavorings.. It was based on a recipe that had been developed by a Fremont, Ohio candy maker, whom Spangler hired and brought to Bryan. In 1908, Ernest Spangler joined the company and suggested adding candy to the product line. As the seventies went on, however, the economy began to slow, and the prices of both sugar and corn syrup were rising precipitously. Spangler had also begun using glucose produced from corn syrup, which was not rationed. When the war was over, Spangler was manufacturing over 300 different products.
Spangler's youngest brother, Ernest, meanwhile was selling candy for a Toledo candy jobber, a company that distributed candy of various manufacturers. The company added new items such as the Hand Roll, a vanilla and chocolate concoction invented by Arthur Spangler's wife Helen, and the Vanilla Jitney, one of Spangler's first chocolate bars. Spangler sells its chocolate business to Key III Candies of Fort Wayne, Indiana. A state-of-the-art factory was built in 1947. The coconuts were then hacked open by hand with axes. When Ohio Confections went into liquidation in 1957 Spangler purchased the equipment and recipes for Pecan Divinity Fudge. Hickok, another Ohio candy maker. The Spangler company survived World War I in fine shape despite rampant inflation in sugar prices by 1919. In 1913, the business moved to its present location on N. Portland Street in Bryan, Ohio. CANDYWAREHOUSE.COM, INC. - BULK CANDY STORE, Dum Dums White Party Pops - Birthday Cake: 5LB Bag, Dum Dums Black Party Pops - Cherry: 5LB Bag, Dum Dums Yellow Party Pops - Cream Soda: 5LB Bag, Dum Dums Green Party Pops - Sour Apple: 5LB Bag, Dum Dums Rainbow Party Pops - Assorted Flavors: 75-Piece Bag, Dum Dums Light Blue Party Pops - Blu Raspberry: 5LB Bag, Dum Dums Hot Pink Party Pops - Watermelon: 5LB Bag, Dum Dums Yellow Party Pops - Cream Soda: 75-Piece Bag, Dum Dums Orange Party Pops - Orange: 75-Piece Bag, Dum Dums Light Pink Party Pops - Bubble Gum: 75-Piece Bag, Dum Dums Orange Party Pops - Orange: 5LB Bag, Dum Dums Light Pink Party Pops - Bubble Gum: 5LB Bag, Dum Dums Red Party Pops - Strawberry: 5LB Bag, Dum Dums Black Party Pops - Cherry: 75-Piece Bag, Dum Dums Purple Party Pops - Grape: 75-Piece Bag, Dum Dums Red Party Pops - Strawberry: 75-Piece Bag, Dum Dums Original Pops Ball Lollipops: 300-Piece Bag, Dum Dums Royal Blue Party Pops - Blueberry: 5LB Bag, Dum Dums Hot Pink Party Pops - Watermelon: 75-Piece Bag, Red - White - Green Peppermint Candy Canes: 18-Piece Box, Jelly Belly Candy Canes - Watermelon: 80-Piece Bucket, Jelly Belly Candy Canes - Cotton Candy: 80-Piece Bucket, Christmas Peppermint Mini Candy Canes: 240-Piece Box. 1945: Founder Arthur Spangler dies in boating accident. It included a retail store, which was run by Truman Spangler, the fourth Spangler brother who joined the company in 1920. Independent and privately owned, Spangler's most famous product is the Dum Dum Pop, a lollipop that is produced in 13 different flavors, including a mystery flavor that changes from batch to batch.
Spangler also announced plans to contract some of its candy cane production out to plants in Mexico. Remarkably, the firm's 115 regular workers did not miss a day of work during the Depression, although they were forced to take a pay cut in 1931. Spangler's share of the order amounted to one million canes, which filled ten semi trailers and provided Spangler workers with some 3,500 hours of overtime. It acquired another popular penny candy in July 1962 when it purchased the Shelby Gum Company, the maker of Blo-Bubble bubble gum. 1931: Spangler acquires Hickok Honeycomb Chocolate of Sydney, Ohio. The journal also noted that while the company hoped to expand through acquisitions in the new millennium, it remained for the time "focused on branding, global expansion and private label growth.". 1996: Dean L. Spangler. In 1914 Omar Spangler joined the company, bringing mechanical & bookkeeping knowledge. Spangler manufactured: Creme Peanut Clusters, Coconut Balls, Bryan Drops, hand-dipped chocolates, chocolate bars, ice cream cones, soda pop, and cough drops. Americans were foregoing many of their former pleasures, but they continued to buy candy, which remained relatively inexpensive. 1953: Dum Dum Pops are acquired from Akron Candy Co. of Bellevue, Ohio. By 1929, Spangler was flourishing. In the 15 years following World War II, annual sales increased every year and hit $4 million for the first time in 1959. 1954: A-Z Christmas Candy Cane Company of Detroit, Michigan, is acquired.
Another subsidiary, Spangler Investments, was founded in 1945 to manage these holdings. Spangler acquired its best-known product in March 1953 when it purchased the production equipment and trademark for Dum Dum lollipops from the Akron Candy Company. 1957: Ohio Confections Fudge of Cleveland, makers of Pecan Divinity, is acquired. Spangler next purchased Suck An Egg brand from Innovative Confections of Idaho in 1995. Spangler produced Cocoanut Balls until around 1924. Under the agreement Spangler began producing candy canes in four Jelly Belly flavors for the Christmas season. Harlan Spangler is treasurer and financial officer. 1960: The second generation Spanglers now actively manage the company. Customers, brokers, vendors, community leaders, employees, 25-Year Club members, and shareholders participated in the event. We will remain an independent, privately owned company. 2001: The Save Wraps for Stuff Program returns along with a new kid-focused website at www.dumdumpops.com. He becomes the 7th chief executive in Spangler's 105-year history. The first union contract with Toledo Local 20 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is signed. Spangler formed a candy wholesaling subsidiary in the Toledo, Ohio, area in 1927. The coming of the Great Depression hurt the company relatively little. Ernest persuaded Arthur to add some candy to the Spangler company's line of goods. The twenty-five workers making the new candy by hand were completely overwhelmed with work. The second generation of Spanglers began working for the company during the decade of the 1930s. The company produces approximately 45% of the candy canes sold in the United States and produces over 12 million Dum Dums per day. With its other lollipops, including rocket-shaped Astro Pops, Saf-T-Pops with the safety loop handle for small children, and Picture Pops, Spangler is the second-largest maker of lollipops in the Untied States. 1940: Spangler created their Marshmallow Circus Peanuts, their version of a popular penny candy. After being named CEO in September 2000, Dean Spangler instituted an aggressive program of product expansion that focused on maximizing the strength of the Dum Dum sucker, the company's flagship brand, as well as pursuing other licensing deals like the successful Jelly Belly candy cane. Its annual production had reached 1.25 million pounds of candy. third generation family member, becomes President. As the 1970s progressed, one after another of the second generation of Spanglers retired from the company, first Norman Spangler, then Albert, Harlan, Frank, and Charles. C. Gregory Spangler was elected president in 1977 and CEO in 1978. Spangler candy company is family-owned since 1906, and makes the lollipops, candy canes, and marshmallow candies you grew up with and enjoy to this day! Spangler's sales were strong during the seventies, despite rising prices and the sluggish economy. 2009: Dum Dums Facebook fan page is created in April and new Flick-A-Pop application goes live on iTunes in May. Learn how and when to remove this template message, "History of Spangler Candy Company FundingUniverse", "Spangler Candy buys Sweethearts, NECCO, Canada Mints and New Era Campus", "Spangler Candy acquires Bit-O-Honey Brand", Spangler Candy Official Online Candy store, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spangler_Candy_Company&oldid=1093752313, Confectionery companies of the United States, Food and drink companies established in 1906, Articles needing additional references from July 2019, All articles needing additional references, Articles needing cleanup from December 2017, Articles with sections that need to be turned into prose from December 2017, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 3.0. Principal Competitors: Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc., Brach's Confections Inc.; Kraft Foods North America Inc.; The Topps Company Inc. Its most popular item was Bryan Drops, a chocolate-covered vanilla cream. The Spangler Candy Company Store & Museum opens in late December. This iconic company also produces some of the most popular treats in history like Sour Patch Kids candies and Saf-T-Pops, the lollipop with the soft loop instead of a hard stick, as well as the tiny lolli-treasures known as Dum Dums, which come in every color and flavor imaginable! 1969 sales were $8 million, twice those of ten years earlier. At the time of their acquisition by Spangler, Dum Dums were about the fifth largest-selling lollipops in the Midwest. Spangler discontinued them around 1935 when they were no longer cost effective to produce. Dum Dums become #1 lollipop in late 2011 per IRI scan data. Spangler added Kraks mints to its product line with the acquisition of the American Mint Corporation in 1965. In spring 1972, the family shareholders met and formed a committee to report on the issue. Spangler was there at the start of the space age in 1958 when it introduced Sputnik Pops, lollipops it produced in two cent and 29 cent sizes. Ernest Spangler's sons, Norman, Charles, and Albert, entered the firm in 1931, 1933, and 1934 respectively. Frank Spangler is in purchasing and product design. Chocolate equipment is also purchased, which eliminates the need to hand dip chocolate items. 1995: Suck An Egg brand is acquired from Innovative Confections of Idaho Falls, Idaho. To relieve them, the company replaced its older machinery with two stirring machines and other power equipment. 1946: The company is reorganized from a partnership to a corporation. In 1987 it acquired the Astro Pops Brand from the Nellson Candy Company of Los Angeles California. Spangler candy canes are a tasty visual delight for the holidays, with their delicious peppermint flavored red and white shape found in every household, hanging from Christmas trees, peeking out of stockings, and adorned on perfectly wrapped gifts! 2014: William G. Martin is appointed President and CFO and is the first person outside the family to serve as President. Omar Spangler's son, Harlan, joined in 1933. In 1922, manufacture of Chocolate Cream Peanut Clusters was automated. Before long, the firm's annual sales hit $50,000. The company was even able to make an acquisition at the height of the Depression. Copyright 1998-2022. The firm obtained the recipe for the Cream Peanut Cluster along with the equipment to produce it from another Ohio candy company, Bost Brothers. When a two-cent Dum Dum was introduced that year, an institution ended. The small multicolor lollipops are popular as free giveaways. One of the most successful hard candies is the penny apple sucker. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. The continuing automation of the Spangler production processes contributed to the increases. 1990: Spangler sells its subsidiary distributorship, Spangler Candy & Tobacco of Toledo to concentrate on manufacturing candy. Spangler establishes an internet presence with a website at www.spanglercandy.com. 1962: Shelby Bubble Gum of Shelby, Ohio, is acquired. The Cocoanut Balls were a success, but they required some unusual innovations. For a time, beginning in 1970, the darkening economy caused the Spangler family to consider going public with its enterprise. A new Spangler subsidiary, the Gold Leaf Corporation--named for the baking powder company Arthur Spangler had purchased in 1906--was founded in 1959. Its name was changed to Spangler Properties in 1954. We take a long-term view of performance and will not sacrifice long-term principles for short-term results. During the war, the company had also begun to purchase real estate, with the expectation that prices would jump once the conflict had ended. In 1976 C. Gregory Spangler and Dean L. Spangler--the third generation--entered the company's upper management. Another 3,400 square feet were added in 1951. 2005: Spangler Candy establishes the Spangler Foundation to honor the 2nd generation; provides community funds and scholarships to local area students. C. Gregory Spangler, third generation family member, becomes President. As a result, cumbersome 100-pound bags of sugar no longer had to be transported, unloaded, and processed. We maintain a conservative financial approach in the deployment and management of our assets. When you need a large quantity of something you know everyone will love, you cant go wrong with the candy selections from this legendary confectioner available in stock at Candy Warehouse! Kirkland B. Vashaw remains CEO. Albert Spangler manages the Toledo Wholesale operation. Ted Spangler, son of founder Arthur Spangler, and past director of sales, president, chief executive, and board chairman for Spangler Candy Company, dies at 92 in September. 1965: American Mint Corp. of New York City is acquired. He was developed by the Howard Swink Advertising Agency of Marion, Ohio. Dum Dums were advertised for the first time on television in 1966. 1966: The Spangler Candy Dum Dums Drum Man was born in April 1966. 4,032 shares in all were issued to Ernest Spangler and his sons, the widow of Omar Spangler and their children, and the widow of Arthur Spangler and their children.