- Harbor Sweets candy company was founded by Ben (Benneville) Strohecker, in 1973. A former marketing director at Schrafft's, he started out making chocolates in the basement of his Marblehead home, later moving the company to a 19,000 square foot space in the Point neighborhood in Salem.
- In 1989, Ben Strohecker took a year sabbatical to work for AIDS awareness and education.
- In 1998, Phyllis LeBlanc, a long-time employee, bought the company from Strohecker.
- Strohecker stayed on for 6 more years to focus on public relations and marketing for the candy company.
- On April 19, 2016 at the age of 88, Ben Strohecker passed away.
Vertical File in Salem Collection - Harbor Sweets
Harbor Sweets Company Website
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