In a short and sweet ceremony in St. Paul, employees, members of the Pearson family and Mayor Chris Coleman did the honors at the Pearson Candy Company as the first locally-made Bit-O-Honey candy began rolling off the production line.
FOX 9 reports that the expansion of the new line brings the addition of 40 new full-time jobs.
The Business Journal noted that Pearson purchased the 90-year-old Bit-O-Honey brand from Nestle USA eight months ago. Late last year, the company held a hiring fair to bring on the new workers. Pearson received a $200,000 forgivable loan from the Minnesota Investment Fund to move production to St. Paul. The loan will have to be repaid if the company doesn't meet job creation goals.
The classic Bit-O-Honey candy in the signature red wrapping has almond bits embedded in honey-flavored taffy. It was introduced in Chicago in 1924 and was previously produced in Bloomington, Illinois. Pearson also produces Salted Nut Rolls, Nut Goodies, Mint Patties and Bun Bars.