- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - The candy company that makes Lemonheads, Red Hots and Atomic Fireballs plans to close its plant in Winona.

One-hundred-24 employees at Ferrara Candy will be out of work at the end of April. The company plans to move production to another plant in Bellwood, Illinois.

The closing follows a fire at the Minnesota plant last month. The fire started in some candy-making equipment, causing extensive damage to machinery but relatively minor damage to the building.

Winona Daily News (https://bit.ly/24Bdaoq ) says the plant was built in 1940 by the Schuler Candy Company. The plant has changed owners over the years with candy company mergers and acquisitions. Farley & Sathers merged with Ferrara Pan to form Ferrara Candy in 2012. The company also has factories in Iowa, Tennessee and Mexico.

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