87-year-old Oklahoma candy company changes owners

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 7, 2014 at 8:12 am •  Published: April 7, 2014
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Oklahoma-based candy maker, the Woody Candy Company, enters a new chapter in its 87-year history as Jackson Holdings, LLC announces the purchase of the Oklahoma City company.

New co-owner Brian Jackson said other than a change in ownership, not much will change for customers and employees. “We are going to change as little as possible. We will make candy the same way it has always been made and are committed to preserving the quality of our product that our customers love, and all our candy makers will remain with the company,” Jackson said.

Founded in 1927 by Claude Woody Sr., Woody Candy Company, Inc. is one of the oldest candy manufacturers in Oklahoma. It is known for various toffees, fudges, brittles, turtles, caramels, and pralines. The family-owned business was sold by Claude S. Woody, Jr. on Feb. 1, 2014 to Jackson Holdings, LLC which is owned by William A. Jackson and Brian C. Jackson - third and fourth generation Oklahomans.

For the past fifty years the company has been located at 922 NW 70th Street in Oklahoma City and will remain in its current location. All of the company’s employees will remain with the company and Claude Woody, Jr. has agreed to consult to maintain quality assurance and develop new products.