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Spangler Candy Timeline

Some of the more notable events in our long history as related to the company.

1906 Spangler Candy Company begins on August 20, 1906, when Arthur G. Spangler purchases the Gold Leaf Baking Company of Defiance, Ohio for $450 and moves it to 204 W. High Street in Bryan, Ohio. The new company is named Spangler Manufacturing Company, and produces baking soda, baking powder, corn starch, laundry starch, spices, and flavorings.

1908 Arthur's brother Ernest Spangler joins the company and suggests adding candy to the line. Candy would sell quickly.

1910 By 1910, the business outgrows its first location. Larger quarters are found at 205 S. Main Street in Bryan, Ohio.

1913 The business moves to its present location on N. Portland Street in Bryan, Ohio.

1914 Third brother Omar Spangler joins the business and brings mechanical & bookkeeping knowledge. Spangler now manufactures the following: Creme Peanut Clusters, Cocoanut Balls, Bryan Drops, hand dipped chocolates, chocolate bars, ice cream cones, soda pop and cough drops.

1920 All products manufactured at the company are candy, so the name is changed from Spangler Manufacturing Company to Spangler Candy Company.

1922 Hard candy equipment is purchased and stick candy is manufactured. One of the most successful hard candies is a penny apple sucker. The sticks are placed in by hand and the pop is sold unwrapped. Chocolate equipment is also purchased, which eliminates the need to hand dip the chocolate items. A variety of 60 products are being made and shipped.

1927 A candy jobbing business and retail store is opened in Maumee,Ohio.

1940 Spangler created their Marshmallow Circus Peanuts, their version of a popular penny candy, in 1940.

1941 Marshmallow Topping was a big item for Spangler Candy.

1945 Arthur Spangler, along with three other prominent citizens of Bryan, Ohio, drowns in Snow Lake, Indiana, while fishing.

1946 The company is reorganized from a partnership to a corporation.

1947 By 1947, the second generation of Spanglers joins the company.

1949 Circus Peanuts, with the development of polyethylene film, are offered on a year-round basis.

Circus Peanuts in 1949

1953 Dum Dums® acquired from Akron Candy Company in Bellevue, Ohio.

Dum Dums in 1953

1954 A-Z Christmas Candy Canes purchased from Detroit, Michigan.

Candy Canes in 1954

1960 The first union contract with Toledo Local 20 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is signed. The second generation Spanglers now actively manage the company. Ted Spangler is president and sales manager. Harlan (Bun) Spangler is treasurer and financial officer. Norman Spangler is secretary and production manager. Frank Spangler is in purchasing and product design. Charles Spangler is transportation manager and in sales service. Albert Spangler manages the Toledo Wholesale operation. Ernest Spangler, now 80, continues as honorary chairman.

1966 The Spangler Candy Dum Dums Drum Man was born in April 1966. He was developed by the Howard Swink Advertising Agency of Marion, Ohio.

1978 C. Gregory Spangler, third generation member, becomes President.

Saf-T-Pops® purchased from Curtiss Candy Company in Chicago, Illinois

Saf-T-Pops in 1978

1987 Astro Pops® acquired from Nellson Candy Company in Los Angeles, California.

1990 Spangler sells its subsidiary distributorship, Spangler Candy & Tobacco of Toledo to concentrate on manufacturing candy.

1995 Suck An Egg bought from Innovative Confections in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

1996 Dean L. Spangler, third generation member, becomes President.

Spangler establishes an internet presence with a web site at

1997 Dr. Irving, a capuchin monkey who likes Dum Dums, visits Spangler Candy and becomes "goodwill ambassador".

1998 Spangler's first company newsletter, the Confection Connection, is published.

1999 Spangler Candy becomes a founding member of the Candy Alliance, which consists of American Licorice, Ferrara Pan Candy Company, Goetze's Candy Company, Necco/Stark/Haviland, and Spangler Candy Company.

2001 The Save Wraps for Stuff Program returns along with a new kid-focused web site at enters into a co-manufacturing relationship with Sunrise Confections in Juarez, Mexico, to manufacture commodity candy canes. An outside warehouse fire at Oberhaus, Enterprises, in Archbold, Ohio destroys 110,000 cases of Spangler products, mostly Dum Dums, with a value of $6.5 million dollars. Jelly Belly® Candy Canes introduced.

2002 Dum Dums® Candy Canes introduced

2003 Spangler/Imagination Confections® markets Disney candies.

2004 The new parent/teacher/kid web site at debuts.

2005 Spangler Candy establishes the Spangler Foundation to honor the 2nd generation; provides community funds and scholarships for local area students. The Spangler Company Store & Museum opens in late December.

2006 The web site, which debuted in 2001, re-opens its new and improved web site in February. Spangler Candy celebrates its 100th year with a gala celebration on August 19th, 2006. Customers, brokers, vendors, community leaders, employees, 25-Year Club members, and shareholders participated in the event. The 100 year book, "A Sweet Century" is published.

2007 In June, the Spangler Fulfillment Center begins operation as a distribution center for Save Wraps for Stuff and web site items. Spangler sells chocolate business to Key III Candies of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

2008 Kirkland B. Vashaw, fourth generation family member, becomes President. Smarties® Canes introduced for Christmas 2008.

2009 Dum Dums Facebook fan page is created in April and new Flick-A-Pop application goes live on iTunes in May.

2010 Spangler updates its corporate web site in September followed by a new online Candy Store in December. StrawMallows® Marshmallows introduced February 2010.

2011 The web site, which debuted in 2001, opens its new and improved web site in March. Kirk Vashaw is elected President and CEO in July. He becomes the 7th chief executive in our 105 year history. Ted Spangler, son of founder Arthur Spangler, and past director of sales, president, chief executive, and board chairman for Spangler Candy Company, dies at the age of 92 in September. Our flagship brand Dum Dums debuts its new bag graphics in June 2011.

2011 Dum Dums becomes #1 lollipop in late 2011 per IRI scan data.

2014 William G. Martin is appointed President & CFO and is the first person outside of the family to serve as President. Kirkland B. Vashaw remains CEO.

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