Pearson Candy of St. Paul bought the iconic Bit-O-Honey brand from Nestle last year, and now, with help from a state forgivable loan, the first chewy candies will soon come off the production line.
Mayor Chris Coleman will flip the switch Wednesday morning to start the line rolling, as the city and state help Pearson kick off its new candy at the plant on West Seventh St.
The St. Paul Port Authority had helped the company submit a proposal to the state Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Minnesota Investment Fund for a $200,000 foregivable loan to help Pearson build the new line; the company is expected to create 40 new jobs in the city.
DEED Commissioner Katie Clark and Pearson’s CEO Michael Keller will join the mayor at the event.
Pearson also makes Salted Nut Rolls and Nut Goodies.