Wolf Administration Celebrates Investments in Local Businesses and Helps Cut the Ribbon for Hershey’s New Distribution Center in Lebanon County

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Annville, Pennsylvania – Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Acting Secretary Neil Weaver today celebrated the Wolf administration’s continued commitment to local businesses and participated in a ribbon cutting and tour of The Hershey Company’s new distribution center in South Annville Township, Lebanon County.

“Pennsylvania is home to many historic and well-known brands like The Hershey Company, and the Wolf administration is proud to support their continued growth and success in the Commonwealth,” Acting Secretary Weaver said. “We are also fortunate to be strategically positioned within a day’s drive of 40% of the US population, which is critical for fulfillment centers like this. Pennsylvania has a lot to offer businesses looking to locate or expand here.

The new, world-class 810,000 square foot facility, located at 457 Killinger Road in Annville, will expand The Hershey Company’s fulfillment and warehousing capabilities to serve the US market and support the company’s manufacturing facilities.

“Investing in the communities where we live and work has always been a priority for The Hershey Company,” said Jason Reiman, Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, The Hershey Company. “We are proud to grow with Annville and to honor the commitment we have made to this city and this region by helping to make it a vibrant community for generations to come.

The project, originally announced by Governor Tom Wolf in July 2020, was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team (GAT). An experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor, GAT works with companies considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.

For this project, The Hershey Company received a proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for $105,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits (JCTC) and $28,000 in development training funding labor for new and established workers. The company has committed to invest more than $178 million in the project, which will create 270 new jobs, 35 of which will be full-time direct employees of Hershey.

Through GAT, Governor Wolf has invested more than $17.4 billion over the past seven years to support 415 completed projects, create more than 46,481 new jobs, and retain more than 140,565 jobs for Pennsylvanians.

The Hershey Company was founded by Milton S. Hershey in 1894 and is one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world. The company currently has a portfolio of over 80 global brands and is North America’s leading chocolate manufacturer with flagship brands such as Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Twizzlers, Hershey’s, Mounds and Almond Joy. The Hershey Company has approximately 16,000 employees worldwide who work every day to deliver their products.

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