“I know there are others who brought sons and daughters in and they lost interest, but there are still family businesses around,” he said.
Jim Sanfillipo’s son, Jamie, already is a 50-50 partner in Sanfillipo Produce Co. Inc. in Columbus.
“It’s not common,” said Jim Sanfillipo, 58, whose son is 37.
Ben Roth said he took the next-best route to passing his company, Roth Produce Co., on to his children.
He recently merged the company with Dayton, Ohio-based ProduceOne to create Roth ProduceOne.
“I have a son who chose a different path,” Roth said.
But there are others who have been with the company a long time who will take more control over the company, Roth said.