Samantha Torrence for Digital Journal- As the Presidential Candidates attack NAFTA, and scold companies for removing American jobs to foreign countries, Hershey's has initiated plant closings in preparation for a move to Mexico. Plant closings in Pennsylvania follow on the heels of a 3 per cent price increase
across the entire Hershey's product line.
The end of the workday on Feb. 2 brought tears to the eyes of many of the 575 workers as the Oakdale plant saw its last Reese's roll off the line. The plant was open in 1965, many workers having been there since its birth. Overall Hershey's closed 5 plants in the United States and Canada which employed nearly 3,300 people. Production is said to be moving to Monterrey, Mexico.
Employees received severance packages which included two weeks of pay per year worked up to 65 weeks. Many of the workers in Oakdale are now looking for other employment, some finding open arms to greet them and others wondering how they will continue the life they lived on $18 dollars an hour.
Many people in and around Pennsylvania are shocked at the news, some claiming that they can no longer in good conscience buy Hershey's products.
"How will I know the quality will be the same if it is moved to Mexico?" one woman said.
"They took away American jobs and raised prices at the same time, it just doesn't make sense." another was heard saying.
The price increase was projected in late January to be at 3 per cent to cover the costs of raw materials, fuel, utilities, and transportation.