In 1918, Lebanese immigrant, Albert George, along with other family members, bought some second-hand cone-baking machines and started the George & Thomas Cone Company. Today, that company is still owned/operated by the George family along with the employees. As such, the company is now an ESOP and is known as Joy Cone Company, after its signature brand of ice cream cones. It is today the largest ice cream cone company in the world, baking over 1.5 billion cones/year.
We are an independent, 100% employee owned business, practicing the art of cone baking for 100 years.
We’ve been owned and operated by one family since 1918. Our employees are a part of that family. It explains how we have managed to build a very successful operation. Our success comes from considering the needs of our employees and their families. We offer flexible work hours which enable our employees to reconcile their personal schedules with our production schedules. The results have been greater efficiency and happier employees.
Our Philosophy Our philosophy is to make our product better than any other company does. Ice cream cones are that product. First of all, we have developed our own cone ovens which are built right here in our plant. We use a time-tested family recipe that has been passed from one generation to the next. We pay close attention to every detail of mixing the batter, baking the cones, and then packaging them. Even in the fast-paced, automated world of today, we rely on personal attention to ensure quality.
Getting our cones to market quickly and efficiently is important. That´s why we own and operate our own fleet of trucks. It ensures that our cones are handled properly from the time they leave the plant until they arrive at their destination. Yes, it costs us a little more to do this, but the results are worth it. We have a reliable delivery system and almost no breakage.
Family ties, attention to detail, and old-fashioned quality are the ingredients that make our cones the best cones in the world.