Necco (or NECCO), pronounced 'neck-o', is the acronym for the New England Confectionery Company, a manufacturer of candy. It was created in 1901, by the merger of several small confectionery companies located in the Greater Boston area; since December 2007, Necco has been owned by American Capital, a corporate raider company. The company, considered the 'oldest continuously operating candy company in the United States,' is best known for its namesake candy, Necco Wafers, its seasonal Sweethearts Conversation Hearts, and brands such as the Clark Bar and Haviland Thin Mints. In fall 2010, Necco produced its one trillionth Necco Wafer candy. Necco dates its origins to Chase and Company, a company founded by brothers Oliver R. and Silas Edwin Chase in 1847. Having previously invented and patented the first American candy machine, the Chase brothers continued to design and create machinery that made assortments of candies, such as their popular sugar wafers.
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