Welcome back to Goetze to Know Us, a series where we spotlight outstanding Goetze's Candy Company employees. We are happy to introduce you to Spaulding! He was the first of the 6th generation to work with the company full time. Over the last (almost) decade, he has worked in the kitchen, as a machine mechanic, in our shipping and warehouse department and is currently our Building Manager!
Name: Spaulding Goetze III
Job/title: Building Manager
Number of years employed by Goetze’s: 9.5 years
Caramel Creams® or Cow Tales® – if you had to pick one, which would it be and why?
I would pick Cow Tales®, especially the minis! They are the perfect size to hit that sweet spot and are so good fresh off the line.
Do you have any memories with our products growing up?
As a sixth generation Goetze, I have many memories of the candy from childhood. I can remember coming into the factory for the first time and seeing all the amazing machinery running the candy, as a child it all seemed so big! I also remember the wonderful smell of the candy cooking in the kitchen, the same smell that I get to enjoy every day now and it never fails to bring me back to my childhood!
How do you eat your Caramel Creams®? (eg: center first, all in one bite)
I prefer to eat it all at once but make it a two bite treat! I love the combination of the cream and caramel together but taking two bites allows me to enjoy it longer.
Favorite Goetze’s flavor?
My favorite flavor is Strawberry Smoothie Cow Tales®! I know this flavor can be hit or miss for some people, but I always get excited when we run it. Plus, it comes in the mini size which I enjoy!
Dream Caramel Creams®/ Cow Tales® flavor or partnership:
I really enjoy crabs so I think it would be interesting to try an Old Bay flavored Cow Tale®.
If you could describe your experience at Goetze’s in one word, what would it be?
Most memorable moment at work:
It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite memory because I create them every day. One that really sticks out is when I had the opportunity to look at machinery overseas in Dusseldorf, Germany! It was great to be a part of the advancement for new wrapping technology.
What does it mean to you to be a part of the team?
Supporting others to help them grow, while also working to grow the company.
Is there a quote that you live by that has helped you grow in your career?
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard