Guy Caldwell started Guy’s Nut and Candy Company in 1938, with a home sized peanut roaster in a Kansas City store-room. As the business grew, Caldwell created seasonings and flavors, and added Potato Chips to his snack line.
The company was sold to the Borden Food Corporation in 1979. Borden sold it in 1994. It went into bankruptcy in 2001.
The company was then purchased by local businessman Jack Joslyn in 2006. His ex-wife Janine took over the running of the company. She employed Detroit based Jenkins Foods to manufacture the Chips and snacks.
A company statement includes some further information, “We've changed a few things (like our name), introduced some legendary snack flavors (like our Barbeque Potato Chips), and pretty much made the whole region take notice with our "Be Wise, Buy Guy's" and "Don't Forget the Guy's" campaigns.
“But all that success hasn't gone to our heads. You'll find we're still the same friendly company you've been inviting into your homes, along on your picnics and to your neighborhood get-togethers for the past 72 years.
“And while Guy is no longer with us, the traditions and commitment to quality he established back in 1938 continues to this day. So when you crunch into any Guy's Snack, you'll know you're enjoying the same crisp, fresh taste as when Guy was making them himself.
Guy's Snacks Corporation
Address: 7365 West 97th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212