Hershey to close main plant

Hershey to close main plant

There are 67 comments on the Lebanon Daily News story from Jun 1, 2010, titled Hershey to close main plant. In it, Lebanon Daily News reports that:

Starting in about a year and a half, the recording used on the tourist tram that glides past the Hershey factory on East Chocolate Avenue will need to be changed.

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galvodog6

Manheim, PA

#21 Jun 2, 2010
Phineas wrote:
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I'd have to disagree with you. I believe this person has a point in what he says. I know quite a few people that work at Hershey and all they want is more more more!! They make very good money for the work that they do, and they have excellent benefits and so on. Another person made the comment that America use to have far more productive workers and companies would pay them for their hard work. Now people think it is owed to them no matter what type of work they do. Not just with Hershey but any type of business/workplace all you hear is people complaining about how much this person makes and how much that person makes. Maybe that person deserves to make more money because they have a better work ethic, higher education, or maybe it's corrupt and because they are friends with someone. If it's the last one then their is nothing you will do about it so find a new job and strive to EARN what you feel you should EARN. I wonder if Hershey would have asked the employees to take a $2 per hour pay cut and they would keep the plant open, if the employees would have accepted. Businesses rarely look at wage reduction as a means of staying alive, because employee moral goes down. People expect to get that paycheck and not have it change for the worse. However, I think it's a lot better to lose $80 per week then to lose ALL OF YOUR PAYCHECK! What ever happened to the you help me I'll help you ideals of the world, rather than the, I'll just help myslef. Just my opinion. Had the company cut the wages of every employee at the facility they would save $84,160 per week which is $4,376,320 per year.
On another note:
What is the business model that says you profit from building brand new and moving to a different location? I know that 19 East is very outdated, and that is due to poor management. They have not upgraded for many years.
or they could just terminate one upper manager for twice that amount.. and they would get a huge savings in unemployment and welfare because that would only be one person out and not 600
vet

Raleigh, NC

#22 Jun 2, 2010
What is happening to the dream of Mr. Hershey and all of his loyal employees? They are getting screwed by management for the all mighty dollar! How can layoffs happen when a company is making money, yet does not care about the community and the families it supportd? They need to start cutting from the top.
carl

United States

#23 Jun 2, 2010
galvodog6 wrote:
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Compete? with whom? fire just one top manager, and u can save hundreds of jobs.. what does a top manager actually do? destroy a company and get paid millions to do it? a top manager isnt usually hired from the bottom ranks so they have no clue what the company is about...and on top of that, we are talking about pennsylvania managers so they dont need more than a first grade education
100's? umm no say a worker makes 60k with bens. and "100s" means 200 thats 12 million, what top manager at hershey makes 12 mill? but i get your point on the other hand one great idea from oe of those suits could mean 100's of new jobs.
CapitalTwo

Lititz, PA

#24 Jun 2, 2010
Shareholders, folks, it's shareholders who rule the roost. The same shareholders or, better know as institutional investors who control you and your wife's pension or 401k plan. You want great returns so you can retire happily? Well, surprise, this is the cost of that feeling. Management is only part of the equation here folks. Many management decisions are difficult and until you've walked a mile in their Florsheims, give them the benefit of the doubt. It's very easy to run a company from the outside for sure. Nobody gets a lot of pleasure out of these moves because we all live downstream, however evolution of business is essential to the overall economy. There will always be turmoil in business; it’s the nature of the beast, and the beast get’s pretty darn hungry from time to time. The days of a protected, lifetime employment position are over. A new worker entering the job force today can plan on 6 to 8 jobs in their life span, whether they be for advancement or loss of job. This ain’t your father’s world anymore. Candy is no different than any other commodity. Can you say Alcoa, Beth Steel? It’s ugly, true that, however it’s life.
Complacency

Langhorne, PA

#25 Jun 2, 2010
galvodog6 wrote:
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and your point is? where does it say that being college educated will even get you a job, let alone more money? i have 2 masters, 2 doctorates, yet i can earn more money driving a taxi, waiting tables, or bartending,...an those degrees have no connection to my job
Two Masters and Two Doctorates and can't CAPITALIZE a sentence? Boy University od Pheonix has lowered their standards. Anywho the point was that the lady said she assumed her job was secured just because she worked at Hershey. Death is the only thing thats for sure (and taxes). By the way there is a difference between having two Dostors and tow Masters then having two Doctorates and two Master degree's. I think you have two masters and they are holding your greencard so that you work for free. University of Phoenix, Ha! you are something...
Complacency

Langhorne, PA

#26 Jun 2, 2010
yeah yeah I can't spell either, Im not the 1 with 2 masters and two Dr's =p
EvilTwin

United States

#27 Jun 2, 2010
Complacency wrote:
"I don't anticipate keeping our jobs," she said. "You get a job at Hershey, and you think you're safe.... People are upset."
That's the Problem. Americans take everything for granted, and that they deserve it. I say Don't move them to Hershey West...Send them to Mexico. These Pepole will make more on unemployment than I make with a Masters Degrees. Bunch of uneducated fat cats making 50K plus a year, now get off your rump and go get a real job.
You have a Master's Degree and make less than 50k? You sound like a frigging JEALOUS LOSER. BTW, what makes you think they're all "uneducated"?
Ummmmmm

Harrisburg, PA

#28 Jun 2, 2010
Anyone could have guessed this would happen after the strike in 2002.

Don't you just love those Unions?

The Virginia plant, which has ample space to expand is a NON-UNION shop....and people wonder why?????

To be honest I am surprised it didn't happen sooner.
Lokky

Harrisburg, PA

#29 Jun 2, 2010
Wake up America! All manufacturing jobs are leaving the US. Soon nothing will be made in the US. We are becoming a third world nation. We have let our government destroy us.
Coach Jerry

Palmyra, PA

#30 Jun 2, 2010
Jack wrote:
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You are an idiot. Put this into the Google "american worker productivity", and see that your assumption is false; America worker productivity has increased but wages haven't. The free market laissez-faire policies championed by the corporate globalist (on both the left and right) have allowed big business to outsource their labor to countries that pay slave wages and then Reaganites keep import tarrifs low or nonexistant so that the US can't compete with it. But the profits are good for those multinational corporations and that's good for people like you who sit at home by the pool all day and wait for your dividend checks.
Wrong in every case. American productivity was much higher in the 19th century and early 20th century. The labor movement eroded productivity. Pick up a history book. Secondly it wasn't "Reaganites" who pushed through NAFTA it was Democrats. Stooges like you are too dumb to realize that your "party of the working man" has pursued a free-trade agenda just as vigorously as Republicans and this philosophy, along with large unions, has destroyed our manufacturing base. Put down the bong and try actually reading a book instead of getting all of your info from google.
LPH

Shippensburg, PA

#31 Jun 2, 2010
Surprised not wrote:
Anyone familiar with the Hershey Union and it's antics over the years seen this coming. This union like many others (especially the Gov. unions are belligerent, lazy and at best socialist thinkers.
I have one thing to say. The next time you you decide to make an ass out of yourself, call management stupid, demand their firing, damage private property, spike the candy with foreign objects or simply fall asleep on the job, remember who makes out your paycheck.
This announcement does not surprise anyone that followed the this union and it's members.
Sad for Hershey but, better for the company and hopefully the community. Maybe we can all just work for a living instead of demanding a living.
I worked for Hershey and WAS proud to say so. Not now. They only care about the MONEY, not the people and of all places to send our candy....Mexico!!! As far as working for a union...I wouldn't work non union..I have worked both and got screwed working NON UNION.!!!!!

Since: Jun 10

AOL

#32 Jun 2, 2010
Sad that so many people will be loosing their livelihood. Unfortunately in America today even the best of companies cannot be depended on for secure employment.

WILL YOU SUFFER FROM HERSHEY’S LAYOFF’S?
NEVER BE AT THE MERCY OF CORPORATE AMERICA AGAIN. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE INCHARGE OF YOUR LIFESTYLE AND WORK IN A RECESSION PROOF INDUSTRY? TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. EMAIL ME TODAY FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. [email protected]
property owner

Lebanon, PA

#33 Jun 2, 2010
Vigilante wrote:
Well here ya go...more of these young 'KNOW-IT-ALL" college graduates thinking they will make a difference...mark my words...watch what happens to the hershey company!!!!!!!!
They will produce more profit!
property owner

Lebanon, PA

#34 Jun 2, 2010
dreamteamharrisburg wrote:
Sad that so many people will be loosing their livelihood. Unfortunately in America today even the best of companies cannot be depended on for secure employment.
WILL YOU SUFFER FROM HERSHEY’S LAYOFF’S?
NEVER BE AT THE MERCY OF CORPORATE AMERICA AGAIN. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE INCHARGE OF YOUR LIFESTYLE AND WORK IN A RECESSION PROOF INDUSTRY? TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. EMAIL ME TODAY FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. [email protected]
By the way this is Amway!
Living in Lebanon

Lancaster, PA

#35 Jun 2, 2010
It is unfortunate that an iconic American company like Hershey is forced to think about bottom line and making a profit...What is sadder is that people think that things should and will stay the way they were 20 30 50 or more years ago. Do I think it is right that people lose their jobs....No....Is it right to send work that we could do outside of the U.S......No.....Do I think that people should be entitled to make outrageous salaries and get over the top benefits.....No....Will I support Hershey's the Great American Chocolate Bar Corporation......Not a chance will I buy a Chocolate bar made in Mexico or China.....If I want a foreign chocolate I will eat Swiss or Dutch or Belgian chocolates....
nonabel

Lebanon, PA

#36 Jun 2, 2010
Coach Jerry wrote:
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Wrong in every case. American productivity was much higher in the 19th century and early 20th century. The labor movement eroded productivity. Pick up a history book. Secondly it wasn't "Reaganites" who pushed through NAFTA it was Democrats. Stooges like you are too dumb to realize that your "party of the working man" has pursued a free-trade agenda just as vigorously as Republicans and this philosophy, along with large unions, has destroyed our manufacturing base. Put down the bong and try actually reading a book instead of getting all of your info from google.
That Scab on your face keeps getting bigger and bigger genius.
Just Me

Lebanon, PA

#37 Jun 2, 2010
Complacency wrote:
"I don't anticipate keeping our jobs," she said. "You get a job at Hershey, and you think you're safe.... People are upset."
That's the Problem. Americans take everything for granted, and that they deserve it. I say Don't move them to Hershey West...Send them to Mexico. These Pepole will make more on unemployment than I make with a Masters Degrees. Bunch of uneducated fat cats making 50K plus a year, now get off your rump and go get a real job.
Sorry that you can't make any money with your fancy degree,chump.I probably had my first home paid for before you paid off your student loans.
Coach Jerry

Bainbridge, PA

#38 Jun 3, 2010
nonabel wrote:
<quoted text>That Scab on your face keeps getting bigger and bigger genius.
The adults are talking take your bottle and go back to bed.
Ummmmmm

Harrisburg, PA

#39 Jun 3, 2010
The bottom line is this: Hershey is a business NOT a charity organization. They are in business to make money.

If you owned a business and had a choice...pay someone $5.00 or pay someone $25.00...which would you choose? It's a no brainer.....
Fed Up with Hershey

Carlisle, PA

#40 Jun 3, 2010
Beleive me I worked in the great american chocolate factory for 30 years. Management doesn't give a shit about the employees or it's supervisors. The supervisors are paid good wages and still can't do there job. They need to have reliefs on with them,also being paid good wages. The company preaches that you can trust them to be honest.....that is a joke. The Hershey Company donesn't know the meaning of the word....that includes the union too! They threaten you with a vote, you can say yes and 600 people lose there jobs or say no and 1,100 or more lose there jobs. Just like Harley Davidson did to there employees. So why have a vote!!!!! Management will do what they want any way. Hershey Trust and VIP's should take lessons from M & M mars on how to run a sucessful business.

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