Gurley's Foods

(Willmar MN-) New owner Tom Taunton says Gurley's Foods in Willmar was going to be shut down by it's previous owners later this year. Taunton, of Spicer, has worked for Gurley's since 1987, and in 1993, his father Bill Taunton sold the company to a company in Ohio, which then sold it to Hearthside Food Solutions of Chicago in 2010. Tom Taunton says he was planning on retiring this year, but when he heard the owners planned to close the plant, he made a purchase offer...

...Taunton says in June they entered into negotiations and they closed the deal on Monday. He says it wasn't easy working on a big company sale amid all the restrictions of COVID-19. He says he plans to reinvest in the company...

...Gurley's has been in business in 1953. There are two plants on the east side of Willmar, one that roasts and packages their wide variety of nut-based snacks, and another that manufactures and repackages candy.