The company produced many famous household brands including Staley Pancake and Waffle Syrup, Sta-Puf fabric softener, and Sta-Flo liquid starch. The two latter brands were subsequently sold to Dial. A. E. Staley Manufacturing currently is one of the largest processors of corn and soybeans in the United States.
Staley founded a football league in 1920. The members of his team, the Decatur Staleys, worked as semi-professionals in his factory. Later the team was renamed Chicago Bears. The team's mascot to this day is 'Staley Da Bear.' And that is the rest of the story!