Sanders Chocolate and Morley Candy Makers recently announced a five-acre expansion to its current location on Hall Road in Clinton Township. It comes as the company continues to grow.

Sanders Chocolate and Morley Candy Makers recently announced a five-acre expansion to its current location on Hall Road in Clinton Township. It comes as the company continues to grow.

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Sanders announces 5-acre expansion on Hall Road

By: Nick Mordowanec | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published January 4, 2018

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Dec. 27, Sanders and Morley Candy Makers Inc. officials announced an approximately 5-acre property acquisition located directly next to its corporate headquarters and chocolate factory on Hall Road in Clinton Township.

“Metro Detroit is our home, so we are committed to investing in the area and providing more job opportunities,” stated Ron Rapson, president of Sanders and Morley Candy Makers, in a press release. “With this land being so close to our existing property, we decided the best strategic decision was to make the purchase.”

Currently, Macomb Baptist Church occupies the property to the east of the Sanders building. Nakia Mills, public relations director for Sanders, said the church is moving and that the company “doesn’t know how much of the church will be suitable” for their needs.

The expansion is due to an increased manufacturing scope. However, complete details hadn’t been fully evaluated by press time.

“Over the last decade, we’ve continuously seen double-digit growth,” Mills said. “The land became available, and with it being literally next door to our facility, it made sense. … We just need a lot more space.”

That revenue bump could contribute to the newest land parcel in a variety of ways, Rapson noted, taking into account current and future needs of the ever-growing business.

Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon called the news “fantastic,” citing how Sanders is a household name dating back to its inception in Detroit. He added that those in the suburbs realize how the company is “Detroit personified,” bringing in tax dollars to a community that is mostly built up.

“When businesses start expanding like that, you really start improving your tax base,” Cannon said. “Those are all positive things, bringing in additional tax dollars to keep the community functioning.

“It seems like when people do it, other people get the idea to do it too and get their ducks in a row. … It’s a real feather in our cap.”

Sanders invested several million dollars into its manufacturing and operations over the past three years. The company’s flagship Chocolate & Ice Cream Shoppe experienced an extensive remodeling in October 2017.

Between 2014 and 2017, three new production lines were added; a 50,000-square-foot distribution center was built; a new enterprise resource planning cloud-based system was employed; and a new website was launched.

“It’s an exciting time to be part of this iconic brand as we embark on our next 142 years,” Rapson said. “We look forward to taking on even more opportunities and further growing our team in the future.”