High Noon – 12/21/17
High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb
Thursday, December 21, 2017
This month our guest speaker is Joe Dutra, local owner of Kimmie Candy’s. He will talk about their expansion and future goals. He will talk about his meeting the president at the White House as the state of Nevada small business representative.
In 2000, Joe Dutra, a third generation farmer, established Kimmie Candy based on a farm in his hometown of Sacramento, California. By 2003, Kimmie Candy was on its way, with its ChocoRocks winning a prestigious “Product of the Year” award at the annual Candy Grammys held in Long Beach, California.
With the goal of creating more American jobs, in 2005 Dutra relocated himself and the previously-offshore Korean manufacturing operation to Reno, Nevada. By 2007, he had purchased an industrial building and converted it to what is now Kimmie Candy’s state-of-the art candy production facility. By 2008, Kimmie Candy Company of Reno was in full operation. By 2009, the Company had experienced international expansion with not only coast-to-coast sales in the United States but also Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, South America, and the Middle East.
Today, Kimmie Candy proudly states, “Made in America” on every package. Since opening the Reno factory in 2007, the Company has grown from 7 to 30+ employees. Even during the challenging economic times, Kimmie Candy still grew and added jobs Dutra remains determined to continue creating jobs and opportunity in the USA so that like him, others can also know The American Dream.
As always, after the program, Neal will answer questions from the audience.
Admission is $5 for adults; free for children 17 and younger and for Nevada Historical Society members. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited. For details, call 688-1190.