Milam Joins Atkinson as Controller

Candy company streamlining management system

Anita Milam

LUFKIN, Texas -- Anita Milam has joined Atkinson Candy Co. as controller, bringing a wealth of financial, accounting and IT experience to the manufacturer of nationally branded Chick-O-Sticks, Peanut Butter Bars, Long Boys and Mint Twists.

Milam, most recently with Postlethwaite & Netterville, the largest accounting firm in Louisana, has some 35 years of business knowledge. Along with her financial responsibilities, she is additionally charged with project management of Atkinson initiatives.

Said Atkinson president Eric Atkinson: "Anita is using her extensive software knowledge to revamp many of our systems, ensuring greater efficiencies throughout our candy production process."

For example, he said, some updates cover tracking ingredients throughout the production process, controlling quality and speeding item deliveries to customers.

Milam said that the company has added a warehouse management system from AIG, Roswell, Ga., which drastically improves accuracy in shipping. Atkinson has also installed accounting software to integrate EDI ordering and invoicing, which further streamlines the company's business processes.

Atkinson Candy has been manufacturing fresh quality candy products in Lufkin, Texas, since 1932. The company's brands are distributed worldwide: Chick-O-Stick, Peanut Butter Bar, Long Boys Coconut, Chocolate Long Boys, Pic-O-Sito, Mint Twists, Soft Mint Twists, Fruitie Tootie, Peco Coconut Peanut Brittle, Rainbow Coconut Bars, Christmas Tree Mint Twists, Family Favorites, Rainbow Sticks, Mint Sticks, Assorted Sours and Old Fashion Peanut Brittle.