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Peter Paul Cadbury Inc. said Wednesday it will close...

NAUGATUCK, Conn. -- Peter Paul Cadbury Inc. said Wednesday it will close its Frankfurt, Ind., manufacturing plant in November and consolidate candy operations at its main facilities in Naugatuck.

About 300 employees of the Indiana plant were informed of the decision at a meeting where company officials said the move is part of a modernization effort designed to keep the company competitive in the candy market.

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The firm produces and markets candy bars, including Powerhouse, Mounds and Almond Joy labels.

'This has been a very difficult decision and one we have made with deep regret,' said James Hanlon, president of the company.

'It was made after exhaustive manufacturing studies showed that we must consolidate plant sites, use the most modern processees and maximize production on the remaining lines to be competitive.'

'It is more economical to install modern equipment and maximize output at our headquarters facilities in Naugatuck than in Frankfurt,' he said.

The company said it will work with both salaried and hourly employees over the next six months to help place them in new jobs or training program. The Indiana plant will be sold and the firm already has begun seeking a buyer.

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