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Original Hershey Factory Will Close; Get Coupons for Hershey's Chocolate World

submitted on October 7, 2010 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets", last updated on February 1, 2014 by HouTex
Hershey, PA has long been a tourist attraction , but the American landmark and tourist destination located at the corner of Cocoa and Chocolate Avenues will be closed after operating there for more than 100 years. The Hershey Co. says it needs to close the historic factory to remain competitive in the global market.

The announcement was heard on National Public Radio .

The chocolate factory at the heart of the town is a brown brick building nestled in the shadows of two smokestacks, where the scent of cocoa goodness wafted out into streets and homes.

Hershey is spending $300 million on a new facility being built just outside town. Half the workforce (600 workers) from the old factory will move there; the rest are being replaced by machinery. Hershey is reshaping itself to fend off global competition. It has a huge new competitor in Kraft, which recently bought the British Cadbury company. The historic factory has to close because it's old and cannot accommodate new equipment.

The old factory may be closing, but you can still visit Hershey's Chocolate World Amusement Park . A new attraction this year is "Create Your Own Candy Bar" . You can even pick up some "Sweet Savings" coupons at .


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    Posted by sandyshore on October 7, 2010
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    Funny how they don't mention the out sourced jobs that went to Mexico. This is big news in my area and this information as is typical of most news any more is only a portion of the truth.
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    Posted by firecracker54 on October 21, 2010
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    This is a shame for this historic candy factory, just think visitors will no longer smell the chocolate that used to perminate the area. They make it sound so great that a majority of the workers will have to go to the West Plant or lose their jobs. Many years ago several lines were shut down and went to dirty Mexico and to a few other countries. Our country doesn't make anything anymore, we rely on China India Japan, just to name a few. Why did Hershey have to follow, because they are on board to save money just like all of the other companies. Soon everybody will be crying the blues that America has no jobs any longer, and the people who are receiving unemployment checks will not get any more checks due to the fact that there are not enough folks paying into it. All I can say is God bless us all. A past employee from the Hershey factory Cry
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      Posted by JessicaArana on October 23, 2010
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      Dear firecracker54

      In response to your comment "Many years ago several lines were shut down and went to dirty Mexico".

      You should be ashamed of yourself. Have your opions, but save us the r***** remarks. And, you have the odastisty to say "God bless us all"? So does that mean all of us, except the Mexican's you call dirty? Last time I checked, this type of thinking didn't fall under Christian. Share your bigotried ideology elsewhere.
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    Posted by pablos17 on October 21, 2010
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    It's a sad state of affairs that a place like this has to close. I agree that we are outsourcing just way too many jobs these days. We really need to show more pride in our country and become more self-reliant again. With all the recalls here lately (especially from products made in China) is it really worth the cheaper cost?
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on October 21, 2010
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    It is a shame that it is closing. I used to drive an 18 wheeler and often delivered to Hershey. I hated it then because the trailers were 53ft and when the factory was made, the longest they would accommodate was 45ft.

    Anyway....driving within 5 miles of the town, you'd start smelling the sweet smell of the factory. You'd inhale and automatically smile; it was a reaction you couldn't control.

    Ah, memories.....
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    Posted by iggy27 on October 21, 2010
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    Yeah. what A Shame.

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