Host Jesse Tyler is joined by three great employee owners at 100% ESOP King Arthur Baking Company, Michael Scanlon, Manager, Workforce Acquisition and Growth, David Turner, Recipe Developer, and Ana Gallo, Fulfillment Operations Manager.
Each guest shares personal insights on what ownership means to them; how they describe ownership when talking to family, friends, and strangers; the three words they use to describe ownership; their EO A-ha moments; and why anyone seeking work should consider a career at King Arthur.
The goal of this podcast is to have owner-to-owner discussions about a wide range of ownership experiences and culture topics, and to bring more insight into the individual ownership experience.
King Arthur Baking Company Highlights (from King Arthur's Website)
King Arthur Baking Company has a long and storied history, stretching back nearly to the American Revolution. We've been providing bakers with superior flour since 1790: from Martha Washington's apple pie through the invention of the chocolate chip cookie, from flour in wooden barrels to bags at the supermarket, we've been there. Simply put, King Arthur and American baking have been close companions since the very beginning.
America's First Flour Company Is Founded
There were 13 states in the new United States. George Washington was America's first president. And Henry Wood began importing flour from England, establishing his business at Boston's Long Wharf. Henry Wood & Company, the original ancestor of King Arthur Baking Company, was the first flour company in the young United States — and first food company in New England.
Our Flour Gets A Name: King Arthur
The Sands, Taylor, & Wood Company introduced its "new and improved" flour at the Boston Food Fair, naming it King Arthur for its Arthurian attributes: "purity, loyalty, honesty, superior strength, and a dedication to a higher purpose."
King Arthur Becomes Employee-Owned
In 1996, owners Frank and Brinna Sands, in order to ensure King Arthur would remain in good and caring hands after their retirement, decided to sell the company to its employees. The sale was completed in 2004.
King Arthur introduces the wheat crown
After 230 years of baking, we decided it was time to change our company’s name and logo to better represent who we have become and the things we believe in. The wheat crown represents our heritage, our quality, and our commitment to agriculture.