NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - A huge candy factory along Rockaway Beach is pumping out goodies again after being devastated by Superstorm Sandy back in 2012.
"We are celebrating the fact that Madelaine Chocolate is back," said chief executive officer Jorge Farber.
As WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman reports, Madelaine Chocolate had been one of the biggest employers in Queens. With 450 jobs, it was New York City’s biggest chocolate factory until Sandy virtually wiped it all out.
The factory sustained $50 million in damage.
"And four feet of water from the ocean and the bay destroyed pretty much everything we had,” Farber said.
But now, Farber looks over the factory floor pumping out chocolate cigars, coins, and egg – helped out with a $20 million Small Business Administration loan overseen by regional administrator Steve Bulger.
"It's a loan program. They’re paying it back, meeting all the terms and that's what it's designed for," he said.
The rebuilt factory now has electronics above the machinery, so if the water floods it again, the damage will not be as severe.