American Licorice receives national recognition

March 23, 2019 GMT

La PORTE — A La Porte company has been named as one of the “Best and Brightest” companies to work in the nation.

American Licorice Company, which makes Sour Punch Straws and Red Vines Candy, was selected as one of 2018’s national winners for the title.

This designation comes from the National Association for Business Resources for Employee Relations and Innovation (NABR). The award recognizes “excellence in employee relations, innovation to motivate employees and the ability to effectively implement creative compensation programs.”

”I believe ALC is one of the best places to work because leadership genuinely cares for the well-being of the team and the local community,” said Senior Plant Operations Manager, Josh Griffin. “This has a great impact on me as I live in La Porte. The team is provided opportunities to not only change their lives for the better, but also have a positive impact on other members of the community.”

Griffin said these opportunities come from tuition reimbursement, local charitable and volunteer events, CPT classes at Ivy Tech or apprentice positions.

“I started as a temporary worker and have progressively been promoted to Plant Manager utilizing the opportunities given,” Griffin said. “Another great part of working at ALC is the family/owners are working with you to accomplish corporate objectives as well as your personal goals. Lastly, we have an incredible team who’s very supportive creating a family-like atmosphere.”

American Licorice Company has been family owned and operated since it was founded in 1914. As one of the original licorice manufacturers in the United States, and one of the oldest candy companies in the industry, they have maintained a standard of workplace excellence by offering employees community-driven work experience.

The company boasts “robust” programs designed to make the workplace both a fulling and enjoyable environment. American Licorice prides itself on “constantly evolving to uplift employees” to better serve the communities where they live and operate.

Companies are qualified on a number of categories, some of which include, communication work/life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition and retention.

“Receiving this award validates the hard work that American Licorice Company does to ensure we positively impact our Associates,” said Karen Kopka, Senior Human Resources Manager of American Licorice Company. “It honors our mission statement of ‘Investing in Happiness: People, Community and Environment’ and we truly give thanks to all of our Associates who make this such an amazing place to be!”

American Licorice executives expressed excitment regarding company’s accolades.

“I was very excited to hear about winning the award because it highlights ALC’s commitment to employee enrichment,” said Tracy Connors, director of Digital Business Solutions. “It also connects to our core purpose of “Investing in Happiness: People, Community & Environment.”

The 2018 national winning companies were judged by an independent research firm which reviewed numerous key measures relative to other nationally designated recipients of the award.

Qualifying companies will be recognized at the National Best and Brightest Summit-Illuminate 2019 symposium and awards gala of Sept. 15 to 17 at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel.

“Profitability and stability is essential for businesses in today’s economic climate. Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power. Our 2018 winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, National Association for Business Resources. “We are proud to honor this year’s winners and can’t wait to celebrate them in September.”

—From staff reports