WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - There is no doubt about it, Jean Connor has one sweet job. The Krispy Kreme Company began in 1937, and for over 54 years, Connor has worked for the company.
Connor arrives at the Wilmington store each morning around 2:30 and wastes no time in getting to work. Waiting for her when she walks thru the door is over 100 dozen recently fried donut shells, waiting for her to fill each one, by hand, with the variety of creams, fruit fillings and chocolates.
"I know exactly what I am going to do when I get here and I do it," explained Connor. "I fill about eight pans of apple, about eight pans of everything, except for custard and cream, and chocolate and cream, and I fill about 15."
Not many people work for the same company as long as Connor has with Krispy Kreme, but says she has stayed on because she loves her job.
"You know, I like to work, I love to work, and Krispy Kreme has been good to me," said Connor.
She likes to get the day ready, because at six each morning, with the flick of a switch, the hot light comes on, meaning a steady stream of morning customers.
Automation has increased production, however, the basic procedure of making a donut remains the same. The dough needs to rise, then be fried, and drenched in glaze.
"When the baker would come in, the dough would already be rised, so he would roll them out on a rolling table," Connor said remembering when the process was a lot different. "I would pick the holes out of the donuts, when I first started, that is how it was."
Recently, Jean was honored by Krispy Kreme for her five decades of work.
"She is a very important part of our production area here," said local Krispy Kreme Manager Eric Holloway. "Jean has been pretty much everybody's mom. She teaches everyone the business of Krispy Kreme."
Congratulations to Jean for over five decades of getting up and making many of us get off to a better day, with a little bit of North Carolina sweetness.
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