Nickles Bakery Company History Timeline


Alfred Nickles began the company as a small bakery in Navarre in 1909.


1914 - First delivery truck purchased.


1927 - First sales distribution branch established in Canton, Ohio.


1934 - Company buys bakery in Martins Ferry, Ohio.

1934 - Alfred Nickles Bakery becomes incorporated.


1938 - Company acquires Limbrecht Bakery in Warren, Ohio.


1941 - Company builds an addition at the Navarre bakery.


1950 - Company builds an addition at the Navarre bakery.


1952 - Company acquires Frank Baker Bread Company in Lima, Ohio.


1953 - Company builds a new bakery in Martins Ferry, Ohio.


1956 - Company acquires Hossick Bakery in Elkhart, Indiana.


1974 - Company acquires Tony's bakery in Fremont, Ohio.

1974 - Company builds an addition at Navarre bakery and adds an automated bun line and shipping department.


1978 - Company builds an addition at Fremont bakery and adds an automated automated roll line.


1980 - David E. Gardner, (husband of former Marie Nickles, Ernest and Edward’s sister) becomes President.


Ernest Nickles remains CEO. 1984 - Company builds an addition at Martins Ferry bakery to automate bread line.


1988 - Company relocates bakery in Lima to former Monsanto building and adds two automated bun lines.


1994 - Company builds an addition at Lima bakery and adds an automated bread line and an automated Adamatic line.


David E. Gardner becomes CEO. 1996 - Company is named a "Family Firm of Distinction" by the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.


1997 - Company builds a sales distribution branch in Massillon, Ohio.


1998 - Company builds a sales distribution branch in Washington, PA.

1998 - David E. Gardner, retires after a 50-year career with the Company.David A. Gardner becomes President and C.E.O.

In 1998, the company expanded the Navarre bakery, adding 65,000 square feet, while closing a bakery in Indiana.


2003 - Company automate bun line at Navarre bakery.


2007 - Addition to Martins Ferry bakery built to house the creme yeast tanks.


2008 - Former Navarre Elementary School property located adjacent to Navarre bakery purchased in May.


2009 - Sweet roll finish at Navarre bakery automated.


2011 - Former Navarre Deposit Bank building located across street from Navarre bakery purchased to house Human Resources and Payroll.

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