Hershey Co. adding jobs at Virginia factory
The Hershey Co. plans to make a multi-million dollar investment in new machinery at a factory in Virginia, creating 69 new jobs.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the project, which will increase production at Hershey's Stuarts Draft plant in Augusta County, located in the state's Shenandoah Valley.
The Virginia Jobs Investment Program will provide funding and services to help recruit and train the new employees, McAuliffe's office said. That funding also will support the retraining of 140 existing employees on the new equipment.
Dollar figures for the expansion were not released. Efforts to reach a corporate spokesperson with Dauphin County-based Hershey were not immediately successful.
According to Hershey's website, Stuarts Draft is the company's second largest U.S. facility, and primarily makes products with peanuts. It employs more than 900 people, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore said.
The latest announcement marks the eighth expansion for Hershey at the Virginia plant, which was established in 1980, state officials said.
Virginia's VJIP program has supported four other expansions by Hershey, including, most recently, the August 2016 addition of a new product line at the facility in Stuarts Draft.
"Our plant in Stuarts Draft is critical to our ability to deliver fresh, delicious products that consumers love,” plant manager Dennis Winnett said in a release.
"As Hershey's sales continue to grow and we bring more innovative products to market, Stuarts Draft will play an important role in our ability to make these popular Hershey products for consumers all across the country."