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Melvin Gordon

Born: NA - Died: 2015-01-20
Cause of Death:
Brief Illness [Undisclosed]


Death Summary: Melvin Gordon died after a brief illness at the age of 95. His wife Ellen Gordon released the following statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce today the passing of Melvin – we will all miss him greatly. Melvin’s life represented the very highest values in business, wisdom, generosity, and integrity. Tootsie Roll has seen great growth and success during his time as Chairman. Melvin’s dedication to Tootsie Roll for over fifty years as Board Chair, his creativity and determination were an inspiration to us all.”

Who was Melvin Gordon : Melvin Gordon was CEO of Tootsie Roll Industries for fifty-three years. His Chicago headquarters was called a "modern-day Willy Wonka factory" by the Wall Street Journal. The company makes not only Tootsie Rolls, but Tootsie Roll Pops, Tootsie Fruit Chews, Tootsie Frooties, Caramel Apple Pops, Child’s Play, Charms, Blow Pop, Candy Carnival, Cella’s chocolate covered cherries, Dots, Crows, Junior Mints, Junior Caramels, Charleston Chew, Sugar Daddy, Sugar Babies, Andes, Fluffy Stuff cotton candy, Dubble Bubble, Razzles, Cry Baby and Nik-L-Nip.

Gordon had a wife, four daughters, and six grandchildren.
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