July 24, 1986 |
The first scent that greets a vistor to the Stutz Candy Co. in Hatboro is the sweet smell of chocolate. But that was not the aroma that registered with company president John E. Glaser, when he walked through the factory front door on Monday. "Do you get a slight smoke smell?" he asked a visitor. Told no, that the chocolate fragrance dominated the air, he smiled with relief. One week ago, a nighttime fire in the factory ruined chocolate and assorted candies valued at about $8,000.
February 5, 2012
CANONSBURG, Pa. - An official says a fire Friday at a landmark southwestern Pennsylvania candy factory destroyed nearly 20,000 pounds of chocolate. The blaze struck a second-floor packaging area at Sarris Candies in Canonsburg, Washington County. Plant manager Dennis Sroka told the (Washington) Observer-Reporter on Saturday that a health inspection determined Sarris must destroy the candy, which either melted or had smoke damage. Canonsburg Mayor David Rhome said that officials would inspect the damage Monday but that the blaze did not appear suspicious.
July 7, 2000 |
In the middle of "young" Old City is a "new" old building - Mulberry Court. A factory turned rental apartment building, it's an example of early-20th-century industrial architecture reconstructed to provide late-20th-century residential space. "The walls are 18 inches thick.. . . The large factory windows are almost to the ceiling, with the original wood beams," said Dan Rink, 50, a partner with Sorgenti Investment Partners, and resident of Mulberry Court for 10 years. "But it has modern kitchen and bathroom amenities.
December 3, 2010 |
Robert Wilson Minter, one-time president of Minter's Candies, who moved to Rhode Island to take over another candy factory and then to Vermont for skiing and community service, died Tuesday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. He was 80 and lived in Waterbury, Vt. Bob was a man of many interests, including skiing, traveling, sailing and golf. He also had a passion for big-band music. He was born in Philadelphia to Ira Wilson Minter and Ethel Minter. He attended the Haverford School, Amherst College and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
February 21, 2009 |
The Hershey Co. closed its Reading plant yesterday, shutting down production lines that for 23 years have produced such storied sweets as York Peppermint Patties and 5th Avenue Bars. The production lines at the plant are being moved to Monterrey, Mexico, and other facilities in the United States as part of a restructuring of Hershey's, the nation's largest candy manufacturer. About 300 jobs are being lost at the Reading plant. A total of about 1,500 jobs are being eliminated companywide.
March 21, 1991 |
HE IS: Sidney Rosenblatt. HE DOES: Candy-making. HE SUCCEEDS: By making employees feel important. After making his way down the bunny trail, Peter Cottontail probably stopped at Sidney Rosenblatt's workplace. There the bunny could see the making of more than five million chocolate Easter eggs this season - mixed, churned, filled with coconut or peanut butter, then packaged to await a home in some child's colorful, straw Easter basket. Being an Easter egg supplier is new for Rosenblatt, now the owner of S. Zitner Co., a 55-year-old, North Philadelphia-based candy factory.
July 11, 1999 |
I have an acquaintance at the Jersey Shore, a native, who swears he's only eaten salt-water taffy once in his life. And that was one bite of touristica too many. "Why would I send my friends a box of pencil erasers that they'll probably never eat?" he grumbles. I think I know what he means. We stopped at an outlet for a famous brand of local taffy, and the Day-Glo globs we bought there made my teeth ache with artificial sweetness that ended up tasting like bubble gum. And texture?
October 10, 2000 |
A plan to open a correctional halfway house and transitional-housing facility for up to 125 people in a converted candy factory in Germantown has left a sour taste in the mouths of local business owners and residents. Nearly 200 people met last night at Germantown Friends School to air complaints that local groups were not told about the four-story building between Woodlawn and Armat Streets until people noticed construction work this summer and asked questions. They also argued that the facility, which is expected to open before year's end, is not needed in the neighborhood.
March 26, 1989 |
So OK, it was the Easter Bunny. Nobody here is arguing that it wasn't the big E.B. prowling around, burying baskets all over the house. We all know that old Bunny-visit drill. He sneaks in and you never hear him. No matter what. Only once a year, and you never hear the guy. Then you get up really early. Forget breakfast, you start hunting - you and your brothers and your sister. In the hall closet, behind the clothes dryer, under the stairs. Around the attic. Wherever. Until - There it is!
April 11, 2008 |
Authorities yesterday arrested a 43-year-old city man in connection with a spectacular arson that destroyed a vacant North Philadelphia factory. Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Citywide Arson Task Force said that Juan Santa of the 600 block of West Diamond Street would be charged with arson, burglary, reckless endangerment and other offenses in the blaze at 2136 Germantown Ave., near Sixth Street. A motive for the arson was not released. The fire was reported about 11 p.m. Wednesday and climbed to five alarms before it was declared under control 3 1/2 hours later.