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Keebler cones

What would summer be without ice-cream cones?

Chicago’s contribution to this seasonal essential comes from the Keebler factory at 10839 S. Langley Ave. The world’s largest bakery of ice cream cones, producing sugar cones, waffle cones, waffle bowls, vanilla cups, vanilla cones and fudge-dipped cups, the plant’s 28 ovens bake more than 3 million items daily.

Keebler Co. was headquartered for many years at One Hollow Tree Lane, Elmhurst, settling there in 1966. The Keebler firm was the result of many mergers and acquisitions, including the Illinois Baking Corp., established by Max Goldberg in 1931, and Chicago-based United Biscuit Co., itself a conglomerate of regional bakeries formed in 1927. The company ultimately took its name from its oldest unit, a bakery opened by Godfrey Keebler in Philadelphia in 1853.

Kellogg Co., which bought Keebler in 2001 for a reported $3.86 million, kept the brand name but moved the head office to Michigan three years later. However, Keebler still maintains an Illinois Baking Division with two Chicago plants.

 

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