REVERE, Mass. (AP/WHDH) — The owner of the company behind chalky, colorful confections such as Necco Wafers and Sweethearts has unexpectedly shut down operations at its Massachusetts plant and hasn’t said if candy production will resume.

The Boston Globe reports Round Hill Investments LLC announced Tuesday it is selling Necco brands to another manufacturer and closing down its Revere plant.

The company had recently purchased Necco for $17.3 million at a bankruptcy auction in May.

Round Hill did not identify Necco’s new owner. The closure came as a shock to the close to 230 workers at the plant who say they were told to pick up their final paychecks Friday.

Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo says he was blindsided by the unexpected news.

“I’m disappointed in the news of Necco shutting down. We were not given any advance heads up,” he said.

Arrigo says several local companies, including Kelly’s Roast Beef and Legal Seafoods, have stepped up to offer jobs to Necco employees.

Necco, or New England Confectionery Co., is the country’s oldest continuously operating candy company.

The also make Mary Jane and Squirrel Nut Zippers candy.

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