Klarides Celebrates New Public Face of Popular Candy Powerhouse

ORANGE — The power of PEZ was on full display here today as state Rep. Themis Klarides joined other local and state leaders for the grand opening of the candy maker’s new visitors center, where officials described the economic impact the company has had on this community. The new 6,000 square foot center, attached to the company’s Prindle Hill Road manufacturing facility, includes the most comprehensive collection of PEZ memorabilia on public display in the world. Klarides got a first-hand look at how PEZ candies are produced and distributed when she participated in a manufacturing and warehouse tour led by company CEO Joseph Vittoria. Before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Orange First Selectman Jim Zeoli talked about how PEZ’s long-term commitment to Orange has impacted the town’s economic development efforts, explaining to Klarides and others that the presence of PEZ has encouraged other companies to grow roots in the community.

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