These wafer cookies are among the first to come off the line in a test batch made at what is now being called Signature Wafers.
These wafer cookies are among the first to come off the line in a test batch made at what is now being called Signature Wafers.

   On Tuesday afternoon, a woman proudly wore a T-shirt emblazoned with a sad phrase.

   One of the last people to make wafers in Ripon.

   As of this week, that’s no longer true. Wafer cookies — and a whole lot more — are back.

   Ripon’s former wafer factory has been purchased and production is set to resume Monday, May 15.

   That means the lady with the T-shirt, as well as nearly 30 others, once again are employed.

   The company now is known by a new name: Signature Wafers, whose parent company is Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Simply Natural Foods.

   At 850 Stanton St., formerly known as the “Ripon East” plant when previously owned by ConAgra, a variety of wafer products will be made. This includes not only traditional wafer cookies but also wafer protein bars and more.

Read the full story in the May 11, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.