In 1906 Arthur G. Spangler acquired the Gold Leaf Baking Powder Company for $450, and moved the operation to Bryan, Ohio, where he changed the name to Spangler Manufacturing Company.
His younger brother Ernest, a candy jobber in nearby Toledo, joined the business in 1908 and they decided to add candy items. In 1911 they acquired the rights to a popular coconut item. Arthur hired the man who created the product, moved him to Bryan and introduced the Spangler Cocoanut Ball - Spangler's first candy brand.
Omar Spangler joined the firm in 1914. Omar's specialty was accounting. He left the Williams County Telephone Co., where he had been manager, to join his brothers. For detail and a list of historical moments look at our Spangler timeline.
Spangler Candy is headquartered in Bryan, Ohio, in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility covering over 500,000 square feet. We operate a co-manufacturing facility in Juarez, Mexico for the production of a portion of our candy canes. We have made many great candies in our long history. Spangler now makes Dum Dums, Saf-T-Pops, Circus Peanuts, Spangler Candy Canes, Necco Wafers, Sweethearts, Canada Mints, Bit-O-Honey, and several licensed candies. Learn how Dum Dums are made.
Board members C. Gregory Spangler and Dean L. Spangler are third generation descendants of the founders. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kirkland B. Vashaw is a fourth generation descendant. The candy industry is both fun and challenging, and we will continue to succeed by following the principles that have been established and guided our actions since our founding in 1906.
For a list of 'frequently asked questions' - go to Spangler FAQs.