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Legacy Candy Company Started in Bloomington, Illinois
Beich Original factory in the town of Bloomington, Illinois burned down 2005. It was bought by Nestle in 2008 and now resides in Nestle Factory on Route 66 in Bloomington, Illinois. The road that Nestle is on is Beich Road as tribute to the makers of the Candy !

Paul Beich started the Beich candy company in Bloomington in 1892. Kathryn Beich started selling her family's confectionery products to Central Illinois organizations for fund-raising purposes in 1952.

The company was sold to Nestle in 1984 and the name changed to Kathryn Beich Inc., a Nestle Co. In 1999, the manufacturing and fund-raising units were split and Nestle dropped the Beich name from the plant but kept it for the fundraising products. Lincolnshire Equity Fund II, a New York-based investment fund purchased the Beich fundraising company in 2002.

Great American Opportunities is one of the nation's oldest fundraising companies. It has more than 200 fundraising consultants and trainers and serves 48 states. It was founded in 1855 and has helped raise nearly $750 million for schools and non-profit organizations since 1975, according to the company.- by Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway correspondent Rod Ferguson.

Photo credit & license:
Beich Candy Factory Fire, Photographer - syslfrog, Jun 22, 2006 at Flickr.com