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Hershey Shutters Original Chocolate Factory, Cuts 500 Workers

Hershey's Shutters Original Chocolate Factory, Cuts 500 Workers

There's no sugarcoating this sad news in candy land: after more than 100 years, Milton Hershey's original chocolate factory, located in Hershey, PA, will be closing its doors and laying off nearly half its workforce.For the past century, the factory has been an American landmark and tourist destination for chocolate lovers all around the world. But Hershey reps say the factory, which was first built in 1903, is now too outdated to accommodate modern equipment that's necessary for production. To stay competitive with other major players (such as rival Kraft, which recently bought out Cadbury), Hershey will move to a new $300 million facility currently being built outside of town with new equipment that will require less manpower. As a result, the company is also laying off 500 of its 1,100 workers.

Hearing that the pair of smokestacks at the corner of Cocoa and Chocolate avenues will no longer be a part of the chocolate-making process left a bitter taste in my mouth, yet I suppose it's just a testament to how much commerce has changed in today's economic climate. Are you just as disappointed to hear of the news?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
It's a business, what do you expect? Hershey's chocolate is terrible, btw. Yuck.
yoiebear yoiebear 6 years
I quit buying Hershey's chocolate and products years ago when they moved the majority of their chocolate manufacturing to Mexico. Before that I had cut down on my Hershey's intake because the quality had gone so far down hill. What was once perfectly smooth now became gritty and felt like there was chalk mixed in. The flavor also became waxy. As a child I visited Hershey Park several times (my aunt and her family lived about a half hour from the factory) and have wonderful memories of what was once an amazing American jewel. It's a shame that the park and surrounding city of Hershey will no longer smell of chocolate. Mr. Hershey is likely rolling over in his grave over what the company he worked so hard to make an American staple has become.
LeiraElle LeiraElle 6 years
Its unfortunate for the workers, but Hershey's chocolate simply wasn't good. Maybe it was when it first started, but they traded profit for quality. There are plenty of small-batch chocolate artisans and independent producers that could use Hershey's business instead.
muse2323 muse2323 6 years
Wasn't Milton Hershey's policy to hire as many people as he possibly could (especially during times of economic depression)? I somehow don't think he'd be especially happy with this. And have you ever had Wilbur's chocolate? (The factory near Hershey's.) It's really, really good. Couldn't stop eating Wilbur's Buds.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Or that Kraft (and other conglomerates) own or acquire a disproportionate segment of our food supply and dumb it down. I truly believe that we all need to pay more attention to our grocery purchases. Myself included.
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