The Spangler Candy Company has officially purchased and begun plans to renovate space to manufacture Sweethearts and Necco Wafers.
This comes after Spangler bought the 20-acre campus owned by New Era Ohio LLC which now allows the company the space to produce the famous candies.
“The combination of Dum-Dums, candy canes, Sweethearts, and NECCO Wafers will make Spangler a stronger company within the global confectionery market and will be a catalyst for growth,” said Spangler Chairman and CEO Kirk Vashaw in a news release. “Our new brands and our campus expansion will have direct benefits to our consumers, customers, suppliers, employees and the communities where we do business.”
Sweethearts and Necco Wafers have both been around since 1901, with Necco being released back in 1847, making them some of the oldest surviving candies to still be in production.
“Sweethearts and Necco Wafers are iconic brands with rich hundred-year-plus histories. These are perfect additions to our portfolio of traditional candies,” Vashaw added. “We are particularly excited about the Sweethearts brand. Many people have memories of sorting through their box of Sweethearts to find just the right message to share."
In addition to Sweethearts and Necco Wafers, Spangler also will manufacture Canada Mints, a lesser known but still popular brand that is made on the same equipment.