If you have an old-fashioned sweet-tooth, this news may hit you hard. A candy factory closed up shop this week. The plant was responsible for making some of the nation’s oldest types of candies. So what does this mean for fans of NECCO Wafers? It doesn’t look too optimistic.
“The future of Sky Bars and Sweethearts is in limbo after the NECCO factory closed this week,” CNN writes. “The NECCO plant in Revere, Massachusetts, was shut suddenly Tuesday by its owner, Round Hill Investments LLC, The investment company, owned by billionaire C. Dean Metropolous, bought NECCO out of bankruptcy in May for $17.3 million.”
The closure means a loss of jobs for the town of Revere. “We are disappointed that Round Hill could not follow through on the enthusiasm it expressed when it acquired Necco barely two months ago,” Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo said in a statement.
Arrigo reports that he was given no advanced notice of the plant’s closure. The employees were all sent home and told that this paycheck would be their last. The 230 displaced workers, he thinks, may find employment with other local food service companies who are currently looking for staff.
“We are gratified, certainly, that the private sector is in a position to help these workers,” said the Mayor. “But that doesn’t lessen our exasperation with the way Round Hill went about the process.”
The future of the candies looks less certain.
When Metropolous & Co. bought the company, it looked like the candy brands would survive. The company has its hands in some well known brands, “including Aunt Jemima, Chef Boyardee, Ghirardelli Chocolate and Utz,” CNN Notes.
Round Hill, owned by Metropolous, bought Hostess in 2013. They are the company credited with saving Twinkies.
Now it turns out that Round Hill has sold off NECCO. The new owners, yet to be named, haven’t indicated if they will continue producing the candies.
Sweethearts, NECCO Wafers, Clark Bars, Mighty Malts…
“Operating since 1847 under various names, the New England Confectionery Company is the oldest continuously running candy company in America,” CNN adds. Many of these hold a nostalgic place in the memory of many Americans, and even some around the world. These candies were part of the air-drops of the Bubble-Gum Bombing of Berlin after World War II. Is this the end of that run?