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Russell Stover Chocolates shutting down Colorado facility next year

KOAA Covering Colorado
Posted at 12:49 PM, Jan 14, 2020

MONTROSE, Colo. — Russell Stover Chocolates has announced Tuesday it will expand some of its facilities and close its location in Montrose next year.

According to a press release, the chocolate company says it will add 300 new jobs by boosting operations at three of its locations:

  • Corsicana, Texas
  • Abiline, Kansas
  • Iola, Kansas

The company said it will also close "low-traffic stores" in the next year or so.

"Having been in business since 1923, we know the importance of keeping pace with the changing tastes and preferences of the people who buy our chocolates," said Andy Deister, Russell Stover CEO. "Just as consumers change their preferred flavor or package, they're changing the way they shop for our products, and we're making sure we have the infrastructure to deliver on their expectations."

There will be 400 current positions impacted by this consolidation process that began in 2018.

Russell Stover said this process will close the Cookeville, Tennessee, and Butler, Missouri, distribution and fulfillment centers later this year. The Cookevill Fulfillment Center will move to the facility in Corsicana.