Sconza announces plans to acquire Hershey facility

by Eric Schroeder
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OAKLAND, CALIF. — Sconza Candy Co., a maker of premium candy products, announced plans to purchase the former Hershey Chocolate facility in Oakdale, Calif. According to Sconza, the acquisition will allow the company to expand its operations in response to increased demand for its premium candy products.

The purchase is expected to be final on May 1, with candy production expected to start at the Oakdale plant beginning Oct. 1. The plant will employ approximately 100 employees at the onset of operations.

The 300,000-square-foot candy manufacturing facility will allow Sconza Candy to consolidate its three separate locations operations under one roof.

"The plant is ideal for candy production and, in addition, is conveniently located at the source of our major ingredients, including chocolate, sugar, nuts and fruit," said Jim Sconza, chief executive officer. "This move will enable us to continue the tradition of quality that my father established 69 years ago."

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