A larger manufacturing area will provide the additional space needed for the facility to operate more efficiently while increasing production that is necessary to meet the growing demand of its chocolate products. The soon-to-begin expansion will attach to the existing 50,000-square foot manufacturing plant and is projected to create a number of new job opportunities.
Chief Executive Officer Bill Sarris stated, “The expansion is part of Gardners continued growth and success in a very competitive chocolate market. With costs continuing to rise, this addition will help control production costs and keep the quality of Gardners Candies at the highest standard.”
Gardners President Sam Phillips also stated, “This is an exciting announcement for both Gardners Candies and the residents of Tyrone. The continuing commitment of the Sarris family has enabled us to take this dramatic step forward to ensure Gardners Candies future as a major confectioner in Pennsylvania.”
Gardners Candies is famous for the Original Peanut Butter Meltaway®; however, Gardners offers a vast and growing selection of chocolates and confections in addition to their Peanut Butter products. Private label, fundraising, wholesale, corporate gifts and retail sales continue to be growing segments of the Gardners Brand.
Gardners Candies was founded in 1897 by 16-year-old James “Pike” Gardner in Tyrone. Since then, Gardners Candies has grown over the years by expanding its product line to satisfy customer demands. Gardners’ stellar reputation is built upon quality products at affordable prices and a commitment to customer satisfaction.
Gardners Candies has 13 retail stores – 11 in Pennsylvania and two in Maryland.