Hershey to invest $135M in Augusta County manufacturing expansion

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Governor Northam announces the creation of 110 new jobs as part of the expansion

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Governor Ralph Northam announced The Hershey Company will invest $135 million to expand the current manufacturing operation of its Stuarts Draft manufacturing facility.

The expansion will increase production capacity at the existing facility by 90,000 square feet and will create 110 new jobs.

“As we work to accelerate Virginia’s economic recovery, existing corporate partners like The Hershey Company are leading the way with new hiring and investment. This major expansion is the company’s second in just over a year and is a strong testament to the Shenandoah Valley’s ability to attract and retain high-caliber manufacturers. We thank Hershey for its continued confidence in Virginia and its people, and look forward to the company’s next chapter of growth in our Commonwealth.”

Governor Ralph Northam

The Hershey Company celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2019 as the leading North American chocolate producer and global snacks company.

Headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania, it employs 16,500 employees around the world. The company has more than 80 brands that drive $8 billion in annual revenues.

Hershey Chocolate of Virginia, Inc. has operated in Augusta County for more than 30 years and employs more than 1,000 people. The facility in Stuart’s Draft is the company’s second-largest plant in the United States.

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