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Sarris resumes chocolate production

| Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

Sarris Candies resumed making a limited amount of chocolate on Monday at its factory and should be back to full production on Wednesday, said Norm Candelore, retail operations manager for Sarris.

A fire on Friday, which officials believe was caused by faulty wiring, destroyed tens of thousands of pounds of chocolate at the plant in Canonsburg. Inspectors said all the candy at the site must be destroyed. "Nothing can be saved," Candelore said. "That put us back, naturally."

Officials plan to reopen the factory's retail store by March 1, but an ice cream parlor could take months to repair, he said.

The factory produces 12,000 pounds of chocolate a day. Fundraising and retail servicing were not affected, Candelore said. Candy can still be purchased online at www.sarriscandies.com.

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