Say it isn't so! The company that makes those delicious brightly colored candy called Necco Wafers, may soon be closing their doors forever! The New England Confectionery Company, whose plant is based in Revere, Massachusetts, might be forced to close operations after 170 years in business due to financial troubles.
The company is generally regarded as the oldest candy company in the United States. The Necco wafer was first produced in 1847. Necco's CEO, Michael McGee, stated that unless the company could find a buyer, the company would be forced to close. The Boston Globe reported that layoffs could begin as early as May 2018. The company employs around 500 workers.
Fans of the little wafers have begun to hoard the candy. CandyStore.com reported that sales of Necco wafers have increased by 63%, with a box of the little goodies selling for as much as $30 on eBay. Reportedly, someone actually offered a car in exchange for the candy! Wow! Necco also produces such candies as Mary Janes, Clark Bars, and Sweethearts, the popular heart-shaped candy handed out on Valentine's Day! Anyone willing to start a GoFundMe page?
For more information on Necco's financial troubles, check out this article.