- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

LITITZ, Pa. (AP) - A 113-year-old chocolate plant in Pennsylvania will close its doors for good next year.

LNP reports (https://bit.ly/1Nb3REe ) the decision to close Wilbur Chocolate’s plant in Lititz was announced Thursday by its owner, Cargill.

About 100 employees will lose their jobs when the plant closes in January. Officials say another 30 workers in the administrative offices will be reassigned to Cargill offices in Minneapolis or Milwaukee.

Cargill says the Wilbur Chocolate Candy Americana Museum and Candy Store in the front of the plant will remain open as an anchor for the downtown area.

Mayor Tim Snyder says they’re disappointed, but happy the retail store is staying open.

The chocolatier’s most popular candy, the Wilbur Bud, was introduced in 1893, about a decade before the similarly shaped Hershey’s Kiss.

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Information from: LNP, https://lancasteronline.com

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