Sweet job: Industry veteran to oversee Enstrom manufacturing

Doug Tuttle has joined Enstrom Candies in Grand Junction as director of manufacturing.

Tuttle brings to his new duties 22 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, including 16 years of plant management and consulting for the candy industry in not only Colorado, but also California and Utah.

“Doug Tuttle brings a wealth of industry knowledge to Enstrom’s. His experience and skill set are ideally suited for us as we continue our diversification into large-scale wholesale manufacturing,” said Doug Simons, president of Enstrom Candies. “We are very pleased to have him on board to help guide the company through this next exciting chapter.”

As plant manager for Russell Stover Candies in Montrose from 1985 to 1997, Tuttle managed a 270,000- square-foot facility that included a box factory. In 1997, Tuttle took on the role of interim plant manager for Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Durango while also consulting for Maxfield’s Candies in Salt Lake City.

After a 10-year sabbatical to pursue his own businesses, which included a craft distillery, Tuttle returned to the confectionary industry, working as plant superintendent with Gimbal’s Fine Candies in California.

Tuttle said he’s excited about returning to Colorado as well as working for Enstrom Candies. “I feel honored to be part of such a well-respected company,” he said. “I’m headed for a long and happy career here at Enstrom Candies.”

Now celebrating its 50th year as a family business, Enstrom Candies sells more than 750,000 pounds of what’s branded as its “world famous” almond toffee each year, most of that during the holiday season, as well as other handcrafted chocolate confections.

Enstrom Candies operates retail outlets in Grand Junction and Fruita as well as in Denver and Arvada and also sells products online through the website located at www.enstrom.com.