As we enter the final week of National Candy Month (#NationalCandyMonth), we’ll be sharing a few more stories about the faces and voices that make up the great American manufacturing success story that is the confectionery industry. Today’s featured member comes to us from Bethlehem, PA where Just Born, Inc. is headquartered.
Ross Born, a 3rd generation Born family member and Co-CEO, shares Just Born’s vision for its future and the people that make up the company.
Tell me about Just Born’s Vision?
Ross: We have a rather lofty vision . . . to be the most respected confectionery company in the world. In order to achieve this vision , we need to delight our customers every day, consistently make high-quality products, actively participate in industry initiatives, be a valued partner of both customers and suppliers, be a pillar of the community, practice leading-edge innovation and be an employer of choice. We have a great story to tell as a 3rd generation family owned confectionery manufacturer since 1923 about our quality, transparency and heritage.
The candy industry employs 55,000 people. How many employees does Just Born have and what do you look for when hiring employees?
Ross: We have over 600 associates at Just Born and we look for folks who have the ability to embrace our vision along with having the right skills to build our brands. It is essential that our people understand that how we achieve is just as important as what we achieve. And, we expect that our people embrace our culture of giving back to the community.