Edward’s sons Edward, Jr. and
Robert operated the plant with their mother after the passing of
Edward, Sr. in 1945. By 1952 the small company was making about
2000 pounds of candy daily in their open copper kettles.
In 1987, at the age of 65, Robert Ebelein retired and sold the
company to the Reid family from Denton, North Carolina. Doug Reid
learned the business under Robert Ebelein’s guidance and continued
enlarging and mechanizing the operation to meet the needs of his
In 1993, Doug Reid was joined by his son, Chris who today is President
of the rapidly growing company. The Piedmont Candy Company still
uses the original recipe for its pure sugar candy, but today produces
nearly 5000 pounds per hour. The company markets its pure sugar puffs
and sticks to major retailers across the country. What began as
a small “Ma and Pa” operation is now one of the largest
and most successful manufacturers of pure sugar puffs and sticks
in the U.S.