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Wednesday, December 24, 2008 

Are Circus Animals coming back?

Archway bakery (maker of Mother's cookies) is back in action and the workers re-hired.
An Ohio bakery shut down in October is bustling again, with 60 eager employees who had expected a Christmas on the unemployment rolls.

Some 300 workers lost their jobs when the Archway cookie factory in Ashland, Ohio, was suddenly closed by the private equity firm that owned it. The workers also were left without benefits like health insurance.

But then Lance Inc., a Charlotte, North Carolina-based snack food company, purchased Archway at a bankruptcy auction. And last week 60 workers were asked to return immediately, with perhaps more coming back in the months ahead.

When it promised to reopen the bakery, Lance gave all 300 former Archway workers a $1,500 prepaid debit card.

...David Singer, CEO of Lance, says the gift cards were a way of letting Ashland know the new owners are different. "We wouldn't do it willy-nilly," Singer says. "We do want to make money. But this is the pool of folks that we intend to hire. We just wanted to let them know who we were."

The 60 workers rehired so far are earning their previous salary and retained their seniority. They also were provided health insurance from day one. -
CNN
Is this a delicious piece of Christmas spirit, or what?

Send these folks a little thank you and suggest (OK, in my case "demand") that Circus Animals be brought back.

Lance Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 32368
Charlotte, NC 28232
1-800-438-1880

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In a time when "CEO" is a 3 letter bad word, David Singer CEO of Lance Inc. needs to be recognized for his leadership by his example. This is the action that cannot go unrewarded. I am hoping there will be a ground swell of action from America to come and support this company for what they have done. To show that if you "do the right thing" you will be rewarded. I too will be ordering cases of Archway cookies to send out to the troops, hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. Enclosed within each shipment there will be an explanation why they are receiving these cookies; as part of an effort to reward a man and a company for "doing the right thing."

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