One of the first things visitors to Hershey notice is the sweet smell of chocolate and the streetlights shaped like Hershey’s Kisses. The lamps may stay, but the cocoa aroma may soon grow fainter, given The Hershey Company’s announcement that it will move significant parts of its chocolate-making business south.
A total of 1,500 jobs will be cut across all plants in the next three years, according to a company representative who cites growing global competition and the high cost of making chocolate in the United States.
The company hasn’t publicly stated which plants will close, downsize or expand. However, the Pennsylvania factories are listed as one of the three most expensive to operate, along with the company’s factories in northern California and Massachusetts.