Arson Suspect Caught - Spangler Candy Responds

Bryan, OH - February 2003: Spangler Candy Company expresses gratitude to law enforcement officials at the news that a suspect in custody has been linked to the arson fire that destroyed a warehouse full of Spangler candy.

It has been almost two years since the fire in Archbold destroyed a warehouse containing 110,000 cases of our candy," said Dean L. Spangler, President and CEO. "We appreciate and commend area law enforcement for their persistence, which has resulted in these charges."

Spangler employees, through their hard work, were able to re-produce the product and service all of our customers at the time of the fire. Those efforts will always be an inspiration to our company."The early morning fire on June 19, 2001 destroyed 110,000 cases of Spangler Candy products, mostly Dum Dum Pops, with a potential sales value of $6.5 million.

To overcome the losses from the fire, Spangler Candy employees worked the maximum production schedule, including extended overtime and Saturday hours, to make up the loss.The company's annual two-week maintenance shutdown, scheduled for the first two weeks in July, was postponed to allow those two weeks to be dedicated to intensive Dum Dum Pop production. The company also expedited installation of new Dum Dum manufacturing equipment, which already had been underway.

The warehouse, located 20 miles from Spangler Candy Company in Bryan, was a leased facility and not a Spangler Candy Company finished goods warehouse. Spangler Candy used this facility, as well as other outside warehouses, during peak production periods.

Contact: Diana Moore Eschhofen
Phone: (888) 636-4221, ext. 252

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