Report: Hershey to Build $60 Billion Expansion in PA, Providing More Jobs

A new report says that Hershey is planning to build a $60 billion expansion to their their Kit Kat factory in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania.

The facility will be able to hire 111 new people once the addition is built. This is a whopping 25 percent increase in employment!

Local news Times Leader reports:

Todd Tillemans, president of Hershey’s U.S. business, will be joined by other Hershey executives and leaders from the Hazleton plant — along with local and state politicians — for a ceremony Friday at 10 a.m. at the plant on Scotch Pine Drive.

The facility produces Cadbury, Caramello and Kit Kat products.

Hershey says the move will boost sales of the growing Kit Kat line, which is poised to become the company’s next billion-dollar brand. The candy is made from layers of wafer sticks, alternating with sweet filling and covered in chocolate.

Stephen Knight, plant manager, stated: “Kit Kat is one of our most complex bars to produce, and making such a high-quality product starts with a great manufacturing team, like the people here at the Hazleton plant.”

A company spokeswoman said Hershey will be constructing the new manufacturing line “while we interview, hire and onboard new employees throughout the remainder of the year.”

The new Hazle Township jobs are expected to pay between $17 and $22 per hour, based on experience, company officials said, and will include production operators, HVAC specialists, maintenance mechanics and controls specialists.

The company will offer a sign-on bonus for the maintenance roles and day-one benefits that include medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, employee assistance program and other supplemental optional benefits. Also included will be a 401k with an employer match, a stock purchase program, and a tuition reimbursement program.

Senator John Yudichak said of the employment increase, “The only thing sweeter than Hershey chocolate is the sweet sound of manufacturing jobs being created in Pennsylvania,” he continued, “The Hershey Company is a world leader in manufacturing, and with a skilled UFCW union workforce, Hershey Hazleton is setting high standards for company growth and efficiency.”

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