Once Again Nut Butter, Inc.
About: Once Again Nut Butter, a pioneer in the natural foods industry, is an award winning employee-owned company that manufactures organic and natural nut butters, seed butters, roasted nuts and organic honey.
About Steve Blowers (Bio): I am from this area having been born and raised in LeRoy. Between serving 6 years in the USMC and working many years in the automotive industry, my family and I have traveled and worked in several areas around the country including 10 years living in El Paso, TX while working in Juarez, Mexico. My family and I decided to return to this area and I recently joined OANB. I think I bring to OANB not only a wealth of experience from business disciplines such as purchasing, materials management, production, human resources and engineering but a continuous improvement mindset based in lean manufacturing. I am married and have one daughter.
We asked, Steve: What can you tell consumers that they’d be surprised to know about Once Again? I know I was surprised to find out that this company located 50 miles south of Rochester had been in business for many years making nut and seed butters that are found in groceries stores all over. I have seen them in Wegmans in Rochester. I have relatives in Michigan that saw OANB products on the shelf. I spoke with a park ranger at the Mt. Morris dam that saw OANB product on the shelves of a store while on vacation in Hawaii. Who would have thought?
Tell us more about you! Do you have any hobbies or interests? I spend time trying to stay ahead of the curve in my craft by reading and studying management ‘experts’. I like to read fiction and listen to books on tape (I drive more than 1 hour each way to work), I dabble in playing the guitar, I like to play golf, I have studied various martial arts for much of my life having achieved a 4th degree black belt, I exercise and do Tai Chi every day and I volunteer in various USMC veteran organizations.
What is the best part about working for Once Again? The people. The people that work in this company also own this company. They care about the company and about each other. I am fortunate to be in a position that provides me the opportunity to have an impact. How could I not enjoy coming to work each and every day?
What goals do you have as Production Manager for Once Again? I want everyone to feel that they can express their beliefs, concerns and recommendations knowing that I am listening. I want to help them develop processes to insure consistent, efficient, and long term production success in support of the growth of the business. The people with whom I work are the experts in this business. I am here to help them find their success which will translate into success for the company.
What is your favorite Once Again product? Old Fashioned Peanut Butter (although I am a big fan of oil roasted cashews).