Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Gregory Keller

Today we honor Gregory Keller, inventor of the Keller Machine, a machine that revolutionized the production of the candy cane.

In 1950, 22 percent of Bobs Candies' candy stick production was broken as it was made and had to be thrown away. Bob McCormack, owner of Bobs Candies, asked his brother-in-law Father Harding Keller, to try and invent a machine that wouldn't break the candies.

Father Keller invented the Keller Machine six months later. The machine twisted the soft candy into spiral striping and then cut the candy. Previous to Keller's machine, most candy was made by hand and those that were made in machines were often the wrong size or broken.

Bob McCormack took his brother-in-laws invention and made his company by 1956 "the world's largest peppermint candy cane producer" as proclaimed by the Albany Herald.

Father Keller's invention was created as a favor to his brother-in-law and helped make the family business into a multi-million dollar success. Keller's invention of a simple, easy way to produce candy canes has also made all of us with a sweet tooth much richer also.

Farley's & Sathers Candy Company, Inc: Bobs

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