He and plant manager Stan Bogdan spend lots of time on the floor of the chocolate factory and Bogdan’s relationship building seems to show in the apparent lightness of the work environment. Many workers look up from their jobs to greet guests with a smile.
Bogdan talks and jokes with many of the employees as he moves around the various production lines operating on a recent September weekday. He proudly pointed out the minuscule details of a packaging-fold error that will require repackaging, an error he said many other companies might let pass by. He repeats to a visitor what he hears often from his boss, Terranova: “I don’t care what you do — do not affect the quality.”
As such, some major chocolate companies with highly recognizable names, have hired the company to confidentially produce some of their highly recognizable confections. The names will go untold here, but, the impact of such trust means continued growth for the company.
The leaders of SweetWorks project the company’s growth at 10 percent each year for the foreseeable future, which is a good sign for the job hunters in the region.
“As people retire and the growth continues, we’re going to have to reach out for talent across the board,” Bogdan said.
It’s likely everyone will agree that talk of such expansion is the sweetest news of all.
INSIDE • For more photos from photographer James Neiss' tour of SweetWorks, see PAGE 2C.