Lincoln A. Warrell
Class of 2001
Born in Newark, Ohio on April 17, 1931, Linc graduated from Carlisle High School in Pennsylvania and attended Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
Linc and Marilyn married at St. Stevens Church in St. Louis. The couple has seven children – Linda, Annette, Marjorie, Theresa, Mary, Charlie and Richard – and 14 grandchildren.
Linc joined Alcoa Inc. as a sales engineer in 1953. Twelve years later, he joined Pennsylvania Dutch Co. Inc. a company his family founded, as vice-president of sales and later accepted the position of president of the company. In 2000, the company was renamed The Warrell Corp. which is comprised of Pennsylvania Dutch Candies and two other companies owned by the Warrell family; Katharine Beecher Candies and Melster Candies, Inc. At the time of his induction, Linc served the family business as chairman of the board.
A 36-year veteran of the business, Linc was nominated in 1991 and 1992 for the Kettle Award, and has won the Outstanding Engineer Alumnus Award from Penn State University. In 1988, he received the Best of the Best Award for packaging redesign.
His biggest influences have come from his family, as well as his first job after college. I had many excellent mentors and I earned extensive customer experiences while working at Alcoa as a sales engineer, he says.
Linc says being a good listener, his business experience and inherent horse sense have been the major contributors to his success.
A strong supporter of industry trade associations, Linc has served as a director and vice-president of NCA and a director of NASFT.
Linc says the most memorable moment of his career came in 1997 when the National Confectioners Association staged the first All Candy Expo. Ten years of effort and encouragement, and now we control our own destiny, he says.