It's a product that's hard to come by: vegan gummy candy. Now, it's being made in Niagara Falls. John Bordynuik started Sandstone Springs after he found out his wife's favorite vegan gummies contained gelatin, which is made with pork. That's why he developed a way to make gummy candy using algae as a substitute.
"We found that in a lot of candy that the gelling agent wasn't left out, which is gelatin. So they weren't really vegan candies at all," said John Bordynuik, the CEO of Sandstone Springs.
Three years later he expanded into the old Union Carbide factory, once designated as a brownfield site. John and his team renovated the building themselves.
"You can't build something this nice, new easily," Bordynuik said.
Bordynuik and his current employees worked as a team to recreate the building as well as to make the gummy candy.
"It's not a corporate environment. It's an academic type environment where we're all seen as part of a team. There's no bug Is and little yous," said John Paonessa, who's worked at Sandstone Springs since August, "I like it, it gives me a sense of satisfaction especially when you see a final product. It's like we did this. We're making this happen."
They're looking for 55 more sets of helping hands. Pay is between $16 and $30 per hour. The company will be offering benefits soon, but what really sets this factory apart: there's a personal chef and kombucha on tap.
"This is the only job that I've ever had where meals were prepared for you on a daily basis. I'm a little spoiled. It's really good food," Paonessa said.
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