Candy manufacturer to close Georgia plant

EASTMAN, Ga. (AP) -- The company that makes Goo Goo Clusters candy is closing its plant in Eastman and will relocate 250 jobs from eastern Georgia to Tennessee.

Standard Candy Company Inc. announced Tuesday it plans to shut down the Dodge County plant by early April. CEO James Spradley Jr. said the factory, built in the 1950s, needed major upgrades.

Spradley said the Georgia operations will be moved to the company's headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. The company said all 250 of its full-time Georgia employees will be offered jobs in Nashville if they want to move.

Standard acquired the Eastman plant in 1985 from Georgia-based candy maker Stuckey's, a move that added pecan logs to the company's roster of confections.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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