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After an extensive renovation, the historic Hitchner Biscuit Company in West Pittston will officially open as a housing complex on Friday.

The nonprofit development company United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania will conduct a grand opening and conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

Speakers include Representative Mundy, Senator Yudachik, Bill Goldsworthy and West Pittston Mayor Tony Denisco.

A tour and refreshments will follow.

The Hitchner's Bakery was already 40 years old when it opened its huge, new, state-of-the-art, national-scope, commercial bakery on Exeter Avenue in West Pittston in 1910.

In the bakery's hey-day from the 1910s through the 1940s the company produced, as one of the company's ads proclaimed, an ABC of cookies and crackers from Acorn Crackers and Creso Biscuits to Vanilla Cremes and Zehu Bars.

Creso Biscuits, which were named by an employee who won $50, were creme soda biscuits which were dubbed The biscuit that made West Pittston famous.

The bakery closed in 1952 and in the ensuing half-century the building went through a series of owners of manufacturing businesses before it finally closed for good more than 20 years ago.

Abandoned, the building deteriorated.

Though structurally sound, it became an eyesore. Worse, it was a potential fire hazard as it was packed with a plastic material, in bales and rolls, used in Easter basket straw which was left by the last owners.
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