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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property owner

Lebanon, PA

#41 Jun 3, 2010
Living in Lebanon wrote:
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....
A company thinking abouttheir bottom line and making a profit! Why else would you be in business????
Ann

Hummelstown, PA

#42 Jun 3, 2010
Milton Hershey is rolling over in his grave. I wish he were alive to smack some sense into those executives who will, I'm sure, come out financially ahead, smelling rich, and having lovely expensive new offices as well. Bastards all.

Since: Jun 10

AOL

#43 Jun 3, 2010
Hi Property owner,

This is NOT Amway.
We are a billion dollar company and are here to help people that need more money and with the plant closing I feel we could be an answer to prayer for many.
property owner

Lebanon, PA

#44 Jun 3, 2010
dreamteamharrisburg wrote:
Hi Property owner,
This is NOT Amway.
We are a billion dollar company and are here to help people that need more money and with the plant closing I feel we could be an answer to prayer for many.
You are Amway or should I say now Monive!I know exactly what you guys do. Searching the paper for a good opportunity to recruit a few sorry souls that may lose their jobs. Didn't you pay attention in Amway school where you were taught to " form a relationship" with someone. Like a bookstore for instance. Where you could pretent to give a crap about someone that would help you make more money? How much are the Cd's, books , seminars, products gong to cost these fine people?Hhhhmmmm, but let me guess your just here to help; right.
property owner

Lebanon, PA

#45 Jun 3, 2010
By the way if you are a billion dollar company why didn't you mention your name? Because we would probably be familiar with a billion dollar company. Amway kicked you guys out and now you are trying to sell bad tasting knock off grape juice that is overpriced . If you are a billion dollar company why are you trying to recruit on a news forum? doesn't that violate your spaming rules?
WTF

Rheems, PA

#46 Jun 4, 2010
Ummmmmm wrote:
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.
Very true.
I watched this on the local new back in 2002 and knew the union and workers would win though the shareholders warned them it could be the end.
So now the Hershey workers are crying there old inefficient building and labor practices are being outsourced to Mexico.
This has been happening for years and years and I’m glad Hershey employees are now getting a taste of what the rest of us have been through.

Their best bet is to drop the union and beg the shareholders for less money to keep the Hershey plant in operation.
LOL, aren’t unions just grand? Will they bail you out this time? NOT
All everyone cares about is money. Look at all of yourselves.

Drive your Toyota to Wal-Mart and fill out an application.
Rent a house in New York and New Jersey and collect welfare checks.
Get a part time job at the chicken plant to cover up all that cash.

Tear that old factory down and put up a cool new roller coaster.
And on that note Herco may hire you for minimum wage cleaning up puke for the next two years.
Ooh, and remember to join the union.
Old Joe

AOL

#47 Jun 4, 2010
LPH wrote:
<quoted text> 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.!!!!!
I worked for a Non-Union plant in Annville for 23 years came to work everyday ,did my job the best I could and did a fine job if I must say . After 23 years they came to me and 20 so other workers and told us we would be laid-off and for us to go look for a other job . They laid-off the guys that had 20 or so years there and kept the employees with less then 8 years . Why ? They don't have to pay for vacation and so on .

It also pays to be a Kiss-Azz and a Brown-Noser in a Non-Union plant so you can keep your job and get ahead in life. In a Union Plant you don't have to kiss-azz or beg like a dog.

I'll take a UNION PLANT ANYDAY .
catpaw

Lebanon, PA

#48 Jun 4, 2010
Actually, the union issues had less to do with this decision than other issues. The factory is antiquated. Decision had to be made as to whether to invest the money into updating or to move. Then, factor in that Pennsylvania is not exactly "tax-friendly" to businesses. It became a no-brainer decision.

The more modern Hershey factories in other states will remain.
Old Joe

AOL

#49 Jun 4, 2010
Hershey well keep the plant in Hershey .

Why ?

Because Hershey likes to have the bragging rites to say ...

" Hershey is the Biggist and most Modern Chocalate Plant in the WORLD ".
Living in Lebanon

Lancaster, PA

#50 Jun 4, 2010
property owner wrote:
<quoted text> A company thinking abouttheir bottom line and making a profit! Why else would you be in business????
My line about making a profit was sarcastic. Of course they are supposed to make a profit....
property owner

Lebanon, PA

#51 Jun 5, 2010
Ahhhh, then we are on the same page.
workerbee

United States

#52 Jun 5, 2010
Old Joe wrote:
<quoted text> They laid-off the guys that had 20 or so years there and kept the employees with less then 8 years . Why ?
maybe the "newer" guys had a better attitude and work ethic. The union wrongly protects seniority even if the guy/gal is lazy and worthless.
justme

Olyphant, PA

#53 Jun 6, 2010
Back in 2002 when Mr. Lenny tied to sell the company and the judges ruled against him because it was held in a public trust, I ws there.

The goal of the management was and still is to get rid of the unions. Plain and simple. This is not a conjecture, but a fact.

The 19 E plant should be brought back to its former glory. It was great. I was privelaged enough to be chosen as one that took the VIP tour the last year tours were open to the public. Heck, I remember being by the conching vats and secretly getting a taste!!

Imagine this:

Bring the plant back up to production with the original processes. Charge people $XX per head, and give the people what M.S. wanted them to see. "Here is my factory where I make this great chocolate. PLEASE come in and I will show you how it's done".

That is the legacy of Mr. Hershey. He was so proud of what he had built and the dedication of his workers.

Piss on you Lenny. You sold out Nestle's and you are trying to sell out Hershey. We knew that from the start. Ever wonder why the Supreme Court Of Pennsylvania stopped you? Because they knew you were wrong.
Old Joe

AOL

#54 Jun 6, 2010
workerbee wrote:
<quoted text>maybe the "newer" guys had a better attitude and work ethic. The union wrongly protects seniority even if the guy/gal is lazy and worthless.
No the "newer" guys in my Non-Union plant did not have better attitudes or work ethics , they just had less vacation time and got less pay . Give me a Union Plant any day then you don't have to KISS the plant Supervisors AZZ to keep your job .

There's good and bad in everything but if I had a choice I would take a Union Plant before non-union . It stops the Cut throats , Back stabbers , Kiss Asses from getting ahead . Besides if it was not for the Union Plants , The Non-union plants would NEVER get the pay they are getting because Management pays them wages close to Union wages to "KEEP the Union Out" . Thats a Fact .
Coach Jerry

Lancaster, PA

#55 Jun 7, 2010
Old Joe wrote:
<quoted text>I worked for a Non-Union plant in Annville for 23 years came to work everyday ,did my job the best I could and did a fine job if I must say . After 23 years they came to me and 20 so other workers and told us we would be laid-off and for us to go look for a other job . They laid-off the guys that had 20 or so years there and kept the employees with less then 8 years . Why ? They don't have to pay for vacation and so on .
It also pays to be a Kiss-Azz and a Brown-Noser in a Non-Union plant so you can keep your job and get ahead in life. In a Union Plant you don't have to kiss-azz or beg like a dog.
I'll take a UNION PLANT ANYDAY .
So you were employed by the same business for 23 years, but instead of being grateful you are complaining about it? While you were there were you able to save money, buy a house or set up a retirement fund? Did you make an effort to get further job training or improve your educational level, so that if you did lose your job you would be able to get a better one? Be happy the company provided you with a stable job for such a long period of time. Be mad at yourelf because you didn't have the foresight to plan for bad times.
Old Joe

AOL

#56 Jun 10, 2010
Coach Jerry wrote:
<quoted text>
So you were employed by the same business for 23 years, but instead of being grateful you are complaining about it? While you were there were you able to save money, buy a house or set up a retirement fund? Did you make an effort to get further job training or improve your educational level, so that if you did lose your job you would be able to get a better one? Be happy the company provided you with a stable job for such a long period of time. Be mad at yourelf because you didn't have the foresight to plan for bad times.
Boy don't you seem to have a answer for everything !

So you were employed by the same business for 23 years, but instead of being grateful you are complaining about it?

Answer - Complaining not at all , I'm just stating the facts that I would rather work for a Union Plant then a Non-Union plant.
You would not find a Union plant letting you go after giving them 23 years of service and keeping the younger guys because they get less pay and less vacation time.

You would have to be a "FOOL" to Grateful for that kind of action.

While you were there were you able to save money, buy a house or set up a retirement fund? Did you make an effort to get further job training or improve your educational level, so that if you did lose your job you would be able to get a better one?

Answer - If I lost my job at a Union Plant they would pay for my Job Training / Schooling Etc., besides my trade that I had BEFORE I worked for the "Non-Union Plant in Annville helped me get another job . But because of my age I did have a hard time getting a job.

Be happy the company provided you with a stable job for such a long period of time. Be mad at yourelf because you didn't have the foresight to plan for bad times.

Answer - Be Happy ! I just wished I could have retired from the plant . I gave them 23 years of Good Work but I got kicked to the curb so the Company could save $$$(Vacation / lower Wages)on getting the older guys out of the Plant . I had a job before I got hired at the plant in Annville . It was just closer to home .

You seem to be a Very Cold Person without any feelings what so ever, or is it you just don't like a Union plant !
Morbius

United States

#57 Jun 10, 2010
Old Joe wrote:
<quoted text>Boy don't you seem to have a answer for everything !
So you were employed by the same business for 23 years, but instead of being grateful you are complaining about it?
Answer - Complaining not at all , I'm just stating the facts that I would rather work for a Union Plant then a Non-Union plant.
You would not find a Union plant letting you go after giving them 23 years of service and keeping the younger guys because they get less pay and less vacation time.
You would have to be a "FOOL" to Grateful for that kind of action.
While you were there were you able to save money, buy a house or set up a retirement fund? Did you make an effort to get further job training or improve your educational level, so that if you did lose your job you would be able to get a better one?
Answer - If I lost my job at a Union Plant they would pay for my Job Training / Schooling Etc., besides my trade that I had BEFORE I worked for the "Non-Union Plant in Annville helped me get another job . But because of my age I did have a hard time getting a job.
Be happy the company provided you with a stable job for such a long period of time. Be mad at yourelf because you didn't have the foresight to plan for bad times.
Answer - Be Happy ! I just wished I could have retired from the plant . I gave them 23 years of Good Work but I got kicked to the curb so the Company could save $$$(Vacation / lower Wages)on getting the older guys out of the Plant . I had a job before I got hired at the plant in Annville . It was just closer to home .
You seem to be a Very Cold Person without any feelings what so ever, or is it you just don't like a Union plant !
So, I am a bit confused; what exactly did the Union/Commie bosses do for you?
Old Joe

AOL

#58 Jun 10, 2010
Morbius wrote:
<quoted text>
So, I am a bit confused; what exactly did the Union/Commie bosses do for you?
Yes you are "Confused" !

No need to answer your Question .
Morbius

United States

#59 Jun 10, 2010
Old Joe wrote:
<quoted text> Yes you are "Confused" !
No need to answer your Question .
Why not?
jai

New Delhi, India

#60 Oct 27, 2010
closed plant

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