Hershey to expand Stuarts Draft operation

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The Hershey Co. is planning to increase production of its operation in Stuarts Draft and create 69 new jobs, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Today’s announcement marks the eighth expansion for Hershey at its Augusta County plant, which was established in 1980. It is the company’s second-largest production plant in the U.S.

The Virginia Jobs Investment Program will provide funding and services to recruit and train new employees and train 140 existing employees on how to use the new equipment. Augusta County will match funding from VJIP to support the expansion.

In addition, the 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.

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