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Pearson's Candy hiring for Bit-O-Honey jobs

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St. Paul-based Pearson's Candy Co. is hiring for 35 to 40 full-time jobs as it prepares to take over production of the iconic 89-year-old brand Bit-O-Honey, the Pioneer Press reports.

Pearson's is hosting a job fair Thursday, Nov. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Pearson's, 2140 West. 7th Street, St. Paul.

Pearson's plans to add 35 to 40 full-time jobs, "ranging from cooks and production assemblers to electro-mechanical technicians and maintenance mechanics," the Pioneer Press reports.

Pearson's acquired the Bit-O-Honey candy line from Nestle in May. Plans call for moving production of the honey-flavored taffy from Bloomington, Illinois, to St. Paul in early 2014, the Pioneer Press reports.

"We plan to bring renewed focus to the Bit-O-Honey brand by increasing its availability to consumers and by offering customers new and innovative Bit-O-Honey products," Michael Keller, CEO of Pearson's, said in May.

Pearson's makes a number of other candies that date back generations, including Salted Nut Roll, the Mint Pattie and the Nut Goodie. The candymaker gave a few lucky winners a rare glimpse inside the factory earlier this year in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Nut Goodie.

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