SOURCE: Sconza Candy Company

November 17, 2008 17:21 ET

Sconza Candy to Commence Operations in Former Hershey Plant: Relocation of Oakdale Plant Complete

Growing Demand for Contract Manufacturing and Sconza's Premium Candy Drives Relocation to Larger Facility

OAKDALE, CA--(Marketwire - November 17, 2008) - Sconza Candy Company, a maker of premium and contract candy products for nearly 70 years, today announced the completed renovation of the former Hershey plant in Oakdale, California. Sconza purchased the facility on May 1 and has completed more than a six month renovation. The company will commence operations in the new location on November 17, 2008. This move will allow the company to expand its operations in response to increased contract manufacturing demand and Sconza's premium candy products. The plant will employ approximately 130 people at the onset of operations.

Strong Growth Projections Expected with Expansion to the new facility

The new Sconza Candy facility sits in the heart of California's Central Valley on approximately 70 acres of land. The more than 300,000 square foot candy manufacturing facility will allow Sconza Candy to consolidate its operations under one roof and expand its confectionery capabilities with chocolate enrobing planned for 2009. "After extensive renovation, the company is poised to support growth and expand its manufacturing capabilities," said Jim Sconza, CEO. "This move will enable us to continue the tradition of quality that my father established 69 years ago."

Community Support has been Outstanding

"We look forward to becoming part of the Oakdale community and making candy in California for generations to come. We are excited about our new employees and the exceptional labor pool that the valley provides. We are planning for growth and the opportunity to bring additional jobs to Oakdale," said Sconza. The Oakdale employees trained at the Oakland facility for more than 6 weeks prior to its closure.

Mayor Farrell Jackson extended a warm welcome from the city of Oakdale, saying, "Our City is very excited that this plant was acquired by Sconza Candy Company. We believe this company is a perfect fit for a community such as Oakdale. We couldn't be more thrilled that Sconza Candy Company has chosen Oakdale for its new home."

About Sconza Candy Company

Sconza Candy is a 3rd generation, family-owned, candy manufacturing company founded in 1939. The company makes an assortment of confections and specializes in manufacturing gourmet chocolate coated nuts and fruit, toffee covered nuts, Jordan almonds, and other panned candy. Sconza Candy Brand is available nationwide and Sconza also manufactures candy under contract for many other companies.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Janet Sconza-Angers
    Phone Number: 1-888-SCONZA-1 or 209-845-3700
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