Hershey's Chocolate Is Moving Some Operations from the U.S. to Mexico

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  1. Bella

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    This is copied, but I checked it out & from what I can tell...it's true!!!
    ~Bella


    Hershey's Chocolate Is Moving Some Operations from the U.S. to Mexico-Truth!
    Summary of the eRumor:
    The eRumor laments that the American Hershey company that makes Hershey chocolate products is moving to Mexico.
    The Truth:
    There is a significant move by Hershey from the United States to Mexico in what the company calls a "global supply-chain transformation." Not all the operations are making the move but according to a June, 2007 article in the Los Angeles Times about 3,000 of the company's 13,000 employees will be cut.

    About 900 workers are to lose their jobs in the company's home town of Hershey, Pennsylvania and the Hershey plant in Oakdale, California, is closing down. Operations there are being moved to Monterrey, Mexico.

    The times quotes Hershey CEO Richard Lenny as saying that labor costs in Mexico are 10 percent less than in the U.S. and that by 2010 the changes will save shareholders $190 million.

    A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

    A sad story for those of us who remember growing up
    with Hershey bars, and
    just as sad for the generations of today. What will
    be out sourced next?

    Pennsylvania is a big state, but it amazes me in
    this day, how some news
    doesn't make it over the mountain to the front page
    of our papers or the top
    of news hours nationally.

    Milton Hershey, this year, will be joining H. J. Heinz in rolling over in
    his grave. Hershey Chocolate is moving to
    Mexico...whoopee! They're even
    closing down Hershey Canada. Don't buy any more
    Hershey Bars. Reese's
    Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite and they are made
    by Hershey. But, I
    will not purchase another one!

    M..S. Hershey had a dream... I will buy my OWN
    Sugar, Milk, Cocoa beans,
    (all natural mind you!) and make candy.. (no
    tariffs etc..) EVEN during the
    depression...HE and the Company made money...NOW
    some Corporate big wigs are
    ruining the name... AND the product M.S. created... Please pass it on...What a bunch of college educated
    'idiots'.

    Thank you M.S. for all the things I have and all
    you have done for me and
    my family...'I' do appreciate it... as for 'Dick'
    Lenny and Company...good
    luck you greedy, money loving mongrels...you are
    ruining the name, the
    company, and MANY lives in central Pennsylvania.... read on...

    Enough is Enough!

    So Hershey executives are closing plants in the US ,
    laying off over a
    thousand people, and destroying Mr. Hershey's
    dream, all to cut labor and
    material costs. The company will save about $170 million a year, all
    on the backs of the
    American people. The top executives will still make
    their mega bucks and
    the laid off workers will have to find other jobs,
    some probably at minimum
    wage due to their age. All this to take their jobs
    to India, China and
    Mexico, So WHAT part of the 'GREAT' American
    Chocolate Bar is
    left?...NOTHING! These countries are no doubt
    laughing at the Americans,
    who they don't like anyway. How long are the
    American people going to sit
    around and let big corporations do this to us? We
    must all band together
    and let them know we won't take it any longer!

    Please, do not buy any Hershey product! I pulled
    EVERY dime of my stock,
    retirement and my HEART out of Hershey...

    (it does hurt me to say that). If the company wants
    to take the work to
    these countries, then let those countries buy the
    product. We don't need
    it!

    BLACKBALL HERSHEY!!

    Please pass this to everyone on your email list so
    it gets all across the
    United States.

    Retired Hershey worker for 35 good years. living in
    the city he was
    responsible for making Hershey a great place to live
    and work and educate my
    children. I am not expecting this email to have a big effect
    on Hershey, but maybe if
    enough people pass it along, Hershey directors' may
    hear of the boycott.

    THANKS

    Your thoughts??
     
  2. bighiker2003

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    Thank You Sweetheart, No Hershey products for me.

    Hiker
     
  3. Hot Wheels

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    And just wait till they bring out the new "taco" and "hot chilli" flavoured Hershey bars...:puke
     
  4. AnonymousOne

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    Why are people upset about this again? I'm confused.
     
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    Just another icon of American culture and industry trying to be competitive in the market and respond to short term pressures of dividend hungry stockholders.
     
  6. Bluesy

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    Well said, luv. I hope this causes a public outrage, but, sadly, most people will probably forget about it in a day or two.
     
  7. AnonymousOne

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    I'll take cheaper chocolate ...

    *sigh*
     
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    Great, now Im going to get a roach in my candy....
     
  9. Peregrine

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    Thank you. I'm done with Hershey.
    2 other companies I am 'done' with.

    Mr Coffee. (Closed the plant about 45 minutes from my house and moved to Mexico)
    - Buy Bunn Products. The only one still making coffee makers here.
    Levi. America's jean. They make nothing in the USA anymore. They have a California office that makes commercials and that's it.

    Major pet peeve of mine if you can't tell. ;)
     
  10. Bella

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    Thank you! :)
    ~Bella
     
  11. Mr Johnson

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    Wow, I've known about this since the fall, but I thought everyone knew it. I just don't buy chocolate anymore, my tummy is finally starting to thank me.
     
  12. AnonymousOne

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    Oh my, the ignorance here astounds me.

    Since when has the job market in this country been stagnant?

    You people would have had the US government subsidize the buggy-whip makers when the automobile came along.
     
  13. WellHungWill

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    I had better not find salsa in my next peanut butter cup!
     
  14. cbrmale

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    The Australian experience is that it was good to let inefficient industries go offshore, so we could compete internationally in the things that we are good at. The current state of play is that we have almost no tarrifs, 10% on imported cars and a couple of other things, and zero subsidies. At the same time we've had the longest period of sustained growth in the country's history, coupled with unemployment of less than 4% in many parts of the country. In my city, unemployment is less than 3%, and the stifle on economic growth is lack of labour. Everywhere, employers are offering bigger and bigger paypackets to attract staff. Other benefits have happened: average hours worked is falling because workers don't feel the need to do more than they have to. Employers have learned to deal with this attitude.

    The big risk to our economy is inflation, prices being driven upwards by high wages and high demand. We have relatively high interest rates to slow demand and prevent the economy from overheating. This is very different to the current situation in the US.

    So for the pain we suffered in the 1980's and early 1990's, the gain has been immense.

    During this time, we have been drifting through one of the most severe droughts in history, which has cut our farm outputs by up to 90%. But now rain is falling, and the prospect is for accelerated growth in rural areas, if those areas can find enough labour.
     
  15. Bella

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    Oh A-1 just don't buy any more Hershey's, ok?
    ~Bella