Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, recognized an Ohio Valley business as one of the best in the nation owned by a woman.
Ziegenfelder’s Budget Saver Pops, one of the largest popsicle companies in the nation, was honored.
CEO Lisa Allen said Ziegenfelders has expanded to three factories in the past 15 years. Every time she walks onto the floor at the factory next door to WTRF on 18th Street, it still feels like being part of a nearly 300 person family.
Walmart will begin to feature thousands of products with a special “Women Owned” logo in honor of Women’s History Month. One of those products just happens to be our neighbors at Ziegenfelder’s Budget Saver Pops.
“We are very honor to be selected, it’s our understanding that we’re the largest women’s owned supplier in the entire frozen food department of Walmart,” Allen said.
Allen said working with great companies like Walmart has allowed them to recently grow to nearly 300 employees and now have factories in California and Colorado. Their expansion is also due to their philosophy.
“If we produce great product, sell it at a great price, and make it a product that’s appealing to families, to moms, to the elderly, to young kids, to everybody, then we’re serving a need to consumers who otherwise might not be able to afford higher priced items,” Allen said.
Ziegenfelder’s has been in Wheeling for nearly a century and began as an ice cream company, and although they no longer make ice cream, they still make products that appeal to families because they look at themselves as a family.
“When we walk into the plant, when we see people, we know who they are, we know who their families are, they know our family, we care about each other,” Allen said. “When you care about each other, you work hard to make sure the other person is successful.”
Allen said Ziegenfelder’s can make about 2.2 million products every 24 hours. She said they look at themselves as smile makers.