The Wittern Group

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In 1931 with an original investment of $12.50 for used tools and plenty of ambition, F.A. Wittern Sr. started Hawkeye Novelty, named after the state of Iowa. One of his first machines was a penny peanut dispenser that had a special innovation that was new for its time. Every ninth vend a bell would ring and deliver a free portion. Hawkeye was very successful in the following years, manufacturing peanut vendors, matchbox dispensers and other small vending and novelty devices. In 1947, Hawkeye Novelty became FAWN Manufacturing. From cigarette vendors, popcorn vendors, snack machines, hot and cold beverage machines, as well as many different non-food merchandising equipment, FAWN has made a name for itself in providing quality vending products and services for a growing industry. In 1952 Wittern established its own in-house finance company, a wholly-owned subsidiary, in order to help entrepreneurs and retailers buy and profit from their own machines. The competitive, flexible finance plans offered by Wittern changed the industry. It made entry to the market a simple process and helped many customers build and grow their businesses. Today, the company is in its third generation of family leadership and the company is diversifying its customer base by expanding its offering into non-traditional, growing market segments such as medical products and IT / office supplies. The need for greater inventory control and asset management capabilities through various dispensing methods such as on-demand, retail, and secured access drives the applications in these markets.

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2.8

Overall Excellence Rating

Industry

Retail

Category

Food & Beverages

ESG/Ethical Impact

At The Wittern Group, we have always believed that we can, and should, have a positive impact on the communities in which we serve with one person, one vending machine and one community at a time. In 2015, The Wittern Group announced its commitment to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. By signing this act, The Wittern Group voiced its support for an outcome that takes a strong step forward toward a low-carbon, sustainable future at the COP21 Paris climate negotiations. As part of this initiative, we have already achieved one of our short-term goals in 2020 of successfully reducing our water usage by 10%. In order to make a measurable impact on people and the planet, we are expanding access to quality education worldwide by contributing thousands of dollars annually to social change organizations in order to better our community and our industry. Our goal is to elevate our partners, customers, suppliers and neighbors in order to create positive change. In order to be innovators, leaders and contributors in an inclusive society and a healthy environment so that everyone we touch and endure and thrive. We are committed to investing in paths to opportunity through education, training and employment. We believe in being a diverse equal opportunity employer. Today, over 31% of our workforce are minority team members.

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Awards Received

2023

Revenues

$50,900,000.00

Website Traffic

Employee Rating

3.1

Customer Rating

3.4

Company Size

100-1000

ESG Risk Rating

3

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