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The Blommer Chocolate Co. will close its factory in the heart of Chicago at the end of May due to rising costs of running its aging facility at 600 W. Kinzie St., the company announced Friday.

Blommer will cut 250 jobs, according to a spokesperson. Blommer is the largest cocoa processor and supplier of chocolate ingredients in North America.

The factory known for the delicious chocolate aroma that wafts through downtown Chicago opened in 1939 when the company was founded. The location near Fulton Market is Blommer’s original factory.

“The location and age of the Chicago facility, coupled with increased repair and maintenance of the building and equipment, has increased operating costs and caused production reliability issues,” Blommer said in a statement.

Blommer’s headquarters, laboratory and a new research and development center will remain in downtown Chicago at the Merchandise Mart. The R&D center will open in fall 2024 and will focus on processing and ingredient research, “concept tastings” and more.

Over the next several years, Blommer will invest $100 million in three remaining manufacturing facilities in East Greenville, Pennsylvania; Union City, California; and Campbellford, Ontario.

It is a development story. Check back for updates.

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