Economy forces candymaker to close

February 5, 2009 10:40:59 AM PST
The rough economy and lagging sales are forcing a candy maker to close a Pennsylvania factory. The parent company of Simon Candy Co. says it is closing its Elizabethtown factory, after 60 years of making root beer barrels and other hard candies.

The company says its profits have suffered in the current economy with competition from low-cost foreign made products and increases in ingredient costs.

In its announcement this week, the company was not able to say specifically when the plant would close its doors. When it happens, about 24 people will be out of their jobs.

The closure will not affect the parent Quigley Corp.'s production of COLD-EEZE and other over-the-counter cold products at its factory in Lebanon County.

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Information from: The Patriot-News, http://www.pennlive.com/patriotnews

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