Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hershey's New Hi-Tech Chocolate Factory

The Hershey Co. this past week formally opened the world's most technologically advanced chocolate making facility - a $300 million investment in Hershey, PA. 

The new 340,000-square-foot expansion at West Hershey is less than two miles from the company's original chocolate factory opened in 1905 by Milton Hershey. 

The new facility features proprietary, state-of-the-art technology never before used in the manufacture of confectionery. The new technology was developed specifically for the plant, including highly automated, large-scale Hershey's Kisses Chocolate operations. The plant's advanced information technology systems include automated, real-time diagnostics systems to help keep operations running smoothly 24 hours a day. 

The expanded West Hershey facility is one of the company's largest capital investments and represents one of the largest construction projects in Pennsylvania in two decades. 

The plant's workforce includes about 700 employees who transitioned from the original Hershey plant on East Chocolate Ave. - the company's oldest facility, which ran continuously from 1905 until its retirement in April 2012. 


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