Old Dominion Peanut Company To Close Its Manufacturing Facility

Posted On: 1/11/2018

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NORFOLK, VA -- Old Dominion Peanut Co. is closing the manufacturing facility that it operated here for more than 100 years.

Parent company Hammonds Brands cited the neighborhood's transition from manufacturing and warehousing to retail and upscale residential apartments, higher operating costs, and the lack of efficiencies operating out of multiple buildings for its decision to close the Norfolk plant.

"Old Dominion has operated in Norfolk for over 100 years, and we have employees that have been with us for nearly 40 years," said Hammonds Brands chief executive Andrew Schuman. "The plant closure does not reflect the end of the Old Dominion Peanut Co.; rather it marks the beginning of the next chapter of our business operations for long-term health."

The closing is expected to be completed by early summer.  Hammond's Brands will relocate part of the Old Dominion Peanut Co.'s operations to its headquarters in Denver, CO, and transfer production of some of its products to a third party under a long-term co-manufacturing agreement.  

The Norfolk facility currently has 70 employees and produces peanut brittle, nut candies and chocolate covered nuts.

Hammond's Candies began manufacturing artisan candy canes, ribbon candy and lollipops in 1920. Schuman acquired the company from the Hammond family in 2007 and has since grown the local candy company in to a leading national provider of gourmet sweets.