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Mansfield chocolate factory gets 1-year reprieve

September 23, 2010

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MANSFIELD, Mass.—A century-old Mansfield chocolate factory originally scheduled to close this fall will now stay open another year.

A spokesman for Archer Daniels Midland Co., the parent company of ADM Cocoa, tells The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro that the landmark plant is staying open because of production needs.

ADM announced last year that it was closing the facility and moving production to a more modern plant in Hazleton, Pa.

The Mansfield factory employs about 70.

Company founder Walter Lowney was responsible for hiring the Italian immigrants whose descendants still help define the town's character. He helped develop the town's water and sewer system and donated park land.

The sweet smell of chocolate from the 1903 factory often wafts through the downtown area to this day.

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Information from: The Sun Chronicle, http://www.thesunchronicle.com

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