Few things are better to have on hand for a New Year’s party than a fine selection of chocolate. And when it comes to chocolate, there’s one company that stands taller than the rest. That’s the Hershey Company founded in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It’s the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America, and assembling all those chocolate bars, kisses, nuggets and cups takes a pretty epic assembly service.
To achieve it, the Hershey team relies on a series of the chocolate factories around the world. Founded in 1894 by Milton S. Hershey as the Hershey Chocolate Company, their products are now sold in more than sixty countries.
What few know is that Hershey actually failed a few times before things took off with his chocolate empire. He tried and failed at operating a candy store in Philadelphia, and his attempt to manufacture candy in New York was a bust. It wasn’t until 1903 that he built his first chocolate plant in Pennsylvania in the town of Derry Church, which was later renamed Hershey after its most successful entrepreneur. It was from this small-town factory that Hershey came up with his famous Hershey’s Kiss. It turned out that wrapping all those tiny individual candies was an epic undertaking, so the process was mechanized in 1921.
Hershey’s next plant wasn’t opened until 1963 in Smith Falls, Ontario. A third was established in 1965 in Oakdale California. Today, these plants have been replaced by factories in Monterrey, Mexico and Sao Roque, Brazil. Chocolate treats of all sorts are also assembled at plants in Virginia, Illinois, and Tennessee.
At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we know that not every small business needs its own assembly plant (let alone a fleet of them!) to get the job done. That’s why we offer assembly services to local businesses looking for help close to home. Our assembly services also put veterans and people with disabilities to work in our community. So if you have an assembly job – large or small – that you’d like to have assembled locally, come and speak with us!