“We’ll do what we can. Martin’s traditionally has openings. We’re coming into our busy season, which is the summer,” he said.
Heintzelman said he has no choice but to watch the Gibble’s brand fade away.
“We have no recourse but to stand by like everybody else and be saddened,” he said. “I’m hurt, frustrated and disappointed.”
For many at Martin’s, Heintzelman said the news is personal.
“The president of our company is married to the daughter of the founder of Gibble’s — Gibble’s means more to us than simply a snack company. The news we learned today saddens us and the entire Martin family,” he said.
“This is not something we expected, intended or wanted. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that lost their job today and/or will lose the ability to distribute this popular brand,” Heintzelman said in a statement on behalf of Martin’s.
On Dieffenbach’s LinkedIn site, he lists himself as CEO and owner of Gibble Foods, Dieffenbach Farms Inc., dGroup IT and electrical contractor Blatt & Myers. He also is listed as the past co-owner at Dieffenbach’s Potato Chips Inc.
Dieffenbach’s Potato Chips released a statement on Thursday, which it also posted on its Facebook page:
“We are not and never have been affiliated with Gibble’s. Our relationship with Eldon Dieffenbach (owner of Gibble’s) ended over seven years ago. We apologize for any confusion and thank you for your support!”
Gibble’s products, which appeared under the Nibble With Gibble’s logo, include a half-dozen kinds of potato chips, pretzels, cheese puffys, popcorn and dips. Gibble’s also produced the Kay & Ray’s brand.