Hershey, PA — The Hershey Co. is investing an additional $135 million in its Stuart Draft, Virginia facility to support growth for Reese’s, which in a first for the industry became a $2 billion brand in the U.S. this past year, the candymaker tells Candy & Snack TODAY.
The addition, which will be the second the plant has received in recent years, will bring 110 jobs to the market.
The expansion will include adding lines to a space built through a $104 million investment that was made in May 2019, the company reports. In addition to a suite of Reese’s products, other brands produced at the plant include Mounds and Almond Joy, Nutrageous, Whatchamacallit and baking pieces. The facility will also receive updates to employee facilities such as offices, and break and locker rooms.
“The Shenandoah Valley has been an excellent place for Hershey to do business and be a part of the community for 38 years now,” says Jason Reiman, senior vice-president and chief supply chain officer at Hershey. “We are proud to continue to invest and grow in an area that gives our employees a great place to live and work. Increasingly, Augusta County and Virginia are critical to our company’s growth and ability to deliver iconic and beloved products to consumers around the world.”