Henny Penny celebrates 60 years


EATON — On Friday evening, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.

Henny Penny was formed in 1957. Throughout its history, the company has always been privately held, dating back to 1957 when Chester Wagner patented the world’s first commercial pressure fryer and started the company. One of Chester’s earliest hires was Jack Cobb. In 1975, Jack become the primary owner of Henny Penny and served as President and CEO until 1997. Jack’s leadership, vision, and the culture he created enabled Henny Penny to grow into one of the most respected food service equipment manufacturers in the world. Steve Cobb became CEO in 1997 and led the company through a period of incredible growth. During Steve’s tenure, Henny Penny increased its physical presence in Eaton with both building expansions, building acquisitions and the construction of a new world headquarters. In 2014, the Company acquired Wood Stone a manufacturer of Hearth Stone Ovens located in Bellingham Washington. In addition to the domestic facilities, Henny Penny also has a manufacturing operation in Suzhou China and a sales and training facility in Paris, France.

In 2015, Steve Cobb sold the company to its employees making Henny Penny an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company. Each employee is now an owner and has the opportunity to share in the future success of the company. Becoming an ESOP enhanced the ownership mentality many employees already had and protected the future of the company to ensure it remains in Eaton, Ohio. The Henny Penny workforce is incredibly loyal, sixty percent have been at the company for over 10 years and nearly thirty percent for more than 20 years. The company has never laid off a full time manufacturing employee in its history.

Henny Penny still manufactures pressure fryers, their portfolio also includes a variety of products that either cook food or keep food warm for some of the largest food operators in the world. The Customer base is wide and deep. Nearly half the products manufactured in Eaton are sold outside the US and are found in over 100 different countries. They have partnered with Chick-Fil-A for over 50 years, and KFC, Wendy’s and McDonald’s for nearly 40 years. With each of these chains they have been awarded their Top Supplier on multiple occasions. As the base of satisfied customers continues to grow, they continue to add new customers to the family including: Arby’s, Sonic, Chili’s, Del Taco, Cheddar’s, Johnny Rockets and Mooyah Burger.

Henny Penny has also played a role in making our community a better place. They support dozens of teams, causes and projects throughout Preble County and the Dayton region. They recently formed the Henny Penny Employee Foundation. This Foundation is overseen by employees from all parts of the company and awards grants to organizations that look for ways to alleviate hunger in our community and enhance educational opportunities for children.

“As we look at the influence we have on our employees, our customers and our community — we continually seek to be the best company to work for and partner with – not necessarily the biggest or fastest growing but to be the best in all areas in which we influence.

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On Friday, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.
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On Friday, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.
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On Friday, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.
http://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2017/08/web1_Henny_Penny_Company_Picnic-8465_2017_Steve_Ziegelmeyer.jpgOn Friday, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.

On Friday, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.
http://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2017/08/web1_Henny_Penny_Company_Picnic-8484_2017_Steve_Ziegelmeyer.jpgOn Friday, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.

On Friday, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.
http://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2017/08/web1_Henny_Penny_Company_Picnic-8582_2017_Steve_Ziegelmeyer.jpgOn Friday, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.

On Friday, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.
http://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2017/08/web1_Henny_Penny_Company_Picnic-8583_2017_Steve_Ziegelmeyer.jpgOn Friday, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.

On Friday, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.
http://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2017/08/web1_Henny_Penny_Company_Picnic-8585_2017_Steve_Ziegelmeyer.jpgOn Friday, Aug. 4, Henny Penny celebrated 60 years of success with its employees and their families. Over 1,300 people attended this event on their back lawn. The event featured live entertainment from the Henny Penny All-Stars – a band comprised entirely of Henny Penny employees who came together to perform at this event. The evening concluded with a large fireworks display.

By Jeff Frymier

For The Register-Herald