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Candy hearts company plant abruptly closes

The owner of the company behind the chalky, colorful confections hasn't said if candy production will resume.
/ Source: Associated Press
Operations At The New England Confectionery Co. (Necco) Ahead Of ISM Manufacturing Figures
Workers sort "Necco Wafers" at the New England Confectionery Co. (Necco) in Revere, Massachusetts, in this October 2013 file photo.Scott Eisen / Bloomberg via Getty Images

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REVERE, Mass. — The owner of the company behind chalky, colorful confections such as Necco Wafers and Sweethearts has unexpectedly shut down operations at its Massachusetts plant and hasn't said if candy production will resume.

The Boston Globe reports Round Hill Investments LLC announced Tuesday it is selling Necco brands to another manufacturer and closing down its Revere plant.

The company had recently purchased Necco for $17.3 million at a bankruptcy auction in May.

Round Hill did not identify Necco's new owner. The closure came as a shock to the close to 230 workers at the plant who say they were told to pick up their final paychecks Friday.

Necco, or New England Confectionery Co., is the country's oldest continuously operating candy company.

The also make Mary Jane and Squirrel Nut Zippers candy.

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