Bethlehem, PA — Just Born, Inc., which temporarily suspended production at its plants in Bethlehem and Philadelphia in late March, announced today that the facilities will remain closed through May 3.
A statement from the company noted that although deemed an “essential business” by state and federal authorities, “we made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend production at the end of March to help ‘flatten the curve’ while helping ensure the health and safety of our associates, which is our top priority.”
The company took the opportunity to donate almost 15,000 plastic gloves, 120 N95 masks, and candy to its local hospitals. Additionally, it partnered with the local United Way on a COVID-19 Community Response Fund which provides a rapid, informed and coordinated approach to assessing community need and getting dollars where they are needed most.
The statement went on to say: “Our internal COVID-19 task force will continue to regularly monitor the impact of the virus and unless the situation worsens, we plan to get back to producing our iconic candy on May 4, 2020.”
The company notes that it has been making changes to processes and procedures in its facilities to help optimize its associates’ health and safety when the facility reopens. In addition, the company states it will provide a temporary increase in pay for the plant associates who return to work. “These actions will enable us to get back to business, service our customers, and bring sweetness to the lives of our loyal fans.”
Finally, the company admits that it is likely its everyday brands, including Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, will be out of stock on shelves before it can ramp up production and begin shipping to retailers.