Family Album Closes
L. S. Heath & Sons, Inc. remained majority-owned by the Heath family until 1989. The only family member active in the day-to-day operation of the company at that time was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman John R. Morris, Jr., a grandson of the Founder. his mother, Mary Heath Morris, and brother, Robert Morris, were on the Board. Mrs. Morris and her sister Ruby Heath Dowling, formerly a Board member, are the only surviving children of the Founder.
As the 75th year began, the Heath family said farewell. On January 24, 1989, L. S. Heath & Sons became a subsidiary of Leaf, Inc. Headquartered in Bannockburn, Illinois. Leaf's parent company is Huhtamaki Oy of Helsinki, Finland. Leaf sold their North American operations in January of 1997 to Hershey Chocolate, U.S.A under the leadership of Hershey the Robinson plant manufacturers a variety of candies including, of course, the original Heath English Toffee Bar.