The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

June 5, 2014

Daffin’s, citing business growth, expands factory

FARRELL — Construction for a favorite Sharon business is set for completion soon.

Daffin’s Candies has been expanding their Farrell factory location since April, said Gary Sigler, operations manager.

“We’ve outgrown this space,” he said.

The additional 8,200 square feet will be used to store raw material, like bulk chocolate, sugar and packaging material.

The latest upgrade is needed to keep up with the growing company, Sigler said.

“For the past five, six years, as the business has expanded, we’ve been running out of space,” he said.

The original 20,000-square-foot warehouse has been expanded twice before. In 1986, a 7,000-square-foot addition was completed for production use.

Following that, an 18,000-square-foot addition was done in 1995 for a store, shipping, fundraising and packing.

The additional space will allow Daffin’s to buy product in larger quantities and ideally save money.

“Hopefully, it will help us control costs,” Sigler said.

Chocolate costs for Daffin’s have increased about 65 percent in the past few years, Sigler explained. He’s hoping the project will help offset some of that.

While consumers probably won’t see any significant effect, the company expects the new strategy to help with day-to-day pricing.

“It’ll keep our cost to our consumers down,” Sigler said.

Rien Construction of Brookfield is doing the work, and Sigler said he hopes it will be completed by July 30.

The factory is closed during the summer, so construction hasn’t had an affect on production.

 

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