Hershey Launches $60M Expansion of Pennsylvania Candy Manufacturing Facility, Adding 110 New Jobs

Manufacturers have been on a tear in 2018, with companies announcing a series of groundbreaking investments. Welding manufacturer Voestalpine Bohler plans to build a new facility in Indiana; Martin Technologies is creating 250 new manufacturing jobs in Tennessee; IEC Electronics is building a new $22 million production center in New York.

America’s favorite candy manufacturer, Hershey, is the latest to add to the list.

Last Friday, Hershey broke ground on a planned $60 million expansion of its Kit Kat candy bar manufacturing facility in northeastern Pennsylvania. The investment is expected to create 110 additional jobs:

The Hershey Company has launched a $60 million expansion of its Kit Kat candy bar manufacturing facility in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Officials broke ground Friday on the expansion that will bring about 110 new jobs to the area in Luzerne County.

Todd Tillemans, president of Hershey’s U.S. business, tells the Times Leader the plant in Hazleton has long been a high performer, and it was clear the company should expand there.

According to Hershey, the expansion “will increase the number of Kit Kats produced daily dramatically—from the current 240,000 per day to 390,000 per day.”

Applications are currently being accepted, the company said, and the new jobs will include good pay and a range of benefits:

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

“And they are good-paying, union, family-sustaining manufacturing jobs,” Yudichak said. “I salute the Hershey Corporation and its UFCW workers who, together, have made Hershey Hazleton the gold standard in the American manufacturing industry.”

Pennsylvania is home to more than 566,000 manufacturing workers who produce $84.96 billion a year. Pro-growth policies that allow manufacturers like Hershey to invest in their facilities and their workforce are critical for manufacturing to continue the strong growth seen in 2017.

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