The Hershey Co. has opened its $300 million chocolate making facility in Hershey, Pa. 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 new 340,000-sq-ft expansion at West Hershey is located less than two miles from the company’s original chocolate factory opened in 1905 by Milton Hershey. Key features include:
- Manufacturing technology and proprietary candy manufacturing equipment that speeds production, delivers consistent high quality, and provides the opportunity to produce new products in the future.
- High-speed, high-tech new production lines with the capacity to support Hershey’s growing business now and into the future. This includes the most technologically advanced, automated chocolate syrup production lines in the world.
- New Hershey’s Kisses chocolate lines that can produce more than 70 million Hershey’s Kisses chocolates per day.
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.