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« on: January 20, 2009, 05:03:33 PM »
If you make it to southeastern Pennsylvania and find yourself traveling on Chocolate Avenue, there is a new Hershey's museum, called The Hershey Story.  We went there yesterday and it was a neato place.  Not terribly large, but amazingly well done!  It shows the complete history of Hershey's Chocolate and gives the life story of Milton Hershey.  One heckuva good person.  Around here Hershey's chocolate is taken for granted :D  I didn't take any pictures in the museum, they wouldn't have come out good due to the lighting and that. 

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Re: New Museum
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2009, 06:09:55 PM »
now I'm wantin some chocolate!

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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2009, 07:26:18 PM »
And it only cost $28 million.  Part of it was taxpayers dollars, I believe.  You would think with the largess of Hershey that they could have paid for the whole thing.   ;)
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Re: New Museum
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2009, 07:46:32 PM »
Did they have a section about moving some production to Mexico for higher profits?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/15/AR2007021500788.html

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Re: New Museum
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2009, 08:39:56 PM »
Yeah, that moving production deal peeved me off >:(  They're supposedly gonna make a factory in China too. If only Milton still ran the place.  It is a neat museum if you are interested in the history of the company though. 

And it only cost $28 million.  Part of it was taxpayers dollars, I believe.  You would think with the largess of Hershey that they could have paid for the whole thing.   ;)

In reading eagle it said 23.5 million, but didn't mention tax dollars.  Wouldn't be surprised though. ::)  They gotta save money to pay unemployment to their American and Canadian employees and start new factories in other countries.

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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2009, 08:56:01 PM »
Did you meet Willie Wonka.....Cheyenne
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Re: New Museum
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2009, 08:14:46 PM »
The Hershey name is not a popular one in my area after closing the local factory,and moving it to Mexico.

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Re: New Museum
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2009, 09:03:13 PM »
Alot of our candy is made in Mexico, Canada or elsewhere due to high sugar costs.  Here is the USA sugar is 35 cents a pound wholesale but it is much cheaper outside of the USA.  Candy is largely sugar so it pays to make it outside the USA.  Tariffs raise the price here to protect our farmers. ::)

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Re: New Museum
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2009, 09:44:41 PM »
Hershey is popular around here for the amusement park ::).  They shut down the Reading,PA plant and moved it to Mexico.  I don't like chocolate much anyway. :)  Every now and again Ill have a chocolate bar, but if chocolate dissapeared from the face of the earth, I wouldn't be too concerned.  Except for hot cocoa ;D 

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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2009, 01:05:43 AM »
How do tariffs protect our farmers ???.....Cheyenne
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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2009, 05:56:55 AM »
I think Hershey got a $12 million grant for the museum.  That nifty Giant stadium over by the park was also on the taxpayer's dime.  Meanwhile, it costs a family of 4 about $200/day to enjoy the park that Milton Hershey built for his employees.  Channel 33 has a program it runs on the park, and shows the history.  My gripe is that if we helped in half the expenses, we should make half the profits.  It was money that could have been better spent elsewhere, and Hershey could afford to build both without taxpayer money.

I've only been there 3 times since they put up a fence and made us pay just to walk around.  That was back in 1966.  Each time was paid by someone else.  There were also racial overtones on why it was done.

You lose some of your appetite for chocolate once you work one of those plants.  Amazing what gets put in the mix.   ;)

Tariffs raise the price of a commodity, thereby allowing local farmers to be more profitable....on the consumer's dime.  There are 2 sugar markets.  The US market has all sorts of support for a rather small growing area of the US.  The US market is currently about 20¢/lb and the world market is at 12.5¢/lb.
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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2009, 08:14:02 AM »
Ron is right.  My number was a little high but it is done so US farmers can compete with the foreign markets.  Not sure I agree but that is how it is done.  With the difference the bottom line says to produce the candy outside the USA.  Just like everything else. ::)
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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2009, 09:25:51 AM »
But now there should be another "tariff" on the finished product that would make it so high it would not be worth it to make it outside the US.Put me in charge,I'll straighten it all out.  :D  Maine was a big shoe industry.I was right there when it all went outside of the US.
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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2009, 10:09:22 AM »
I agree with Ron.I worked at the Herschey factory for a couple of summers,you could eat all you wanted to.After about 2 weeks the novelty wore off,after 4 weeks you got sick of the smell at the end of the summer it was nice to go back to school.Never figured I looked that good in a hairnet anyway.The closing of the factory has had serious implications in this area,lots of people out of work and the trickle down affect has started to show in other areas now.

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Re: New Museum
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2009, 02:02:34 PM »
You lose some of your appetite for chocolate once you work one of those plants.  Amazing what gets put in the mix.   ;)

What kind of chemicals do they put into chocolate bars?  I have to be careful what chocolate I eat...  it can trigger a migraine.  Good, high quality chocolate doesn't seem to have as much of an impact.  I've always wondered about this.

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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2009, 06:02:46 PM »
I worked for Kline's Chocolate in Elizabethtown, PA.  They were just down the road from Hershey, and have since been bought out by M&M Mars. 

I couldn't tell you about chemicals nowadays.  Back then, we just put cocoa, water, sugar and boxes of oil in a vat.  I'm sure there were other things in there, but I was just putting those 50lb boxes of hydrogenated oil in the vat.  Notice there was no milk. 

I also remember cleaning out a chocolate liquor tank.  It was about 20' high and still had about 1' in the bottom.  We were to unload it and scrape down the walls.  We found a bucket handle in there.  No bucket, just the handle. 

I remember packing 20lb bars of chocolate that we made for Peter Paul.  We would run a bar through a metal detector every once in a while.  Sometimes it went off.   :o

The worst job was bagging cocoa.  This was before they had dust masks or respirators.  It would get so dusty that you could hardly see the light in there.  No one ever bothered you.  You would be blowing chocolate out your nose for a couple a days after a stretch in there.

I worked with a guy that had put in 70 years in that plant, and they were forcing him to retire.  He started when he was 6.

Ah yes, the good old days.   :D 
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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2009, 10:59:09 PM »
The worst job was bagging cocoa.  This was before they had dust masks or respirators.  It would get so dusty that you could hardly see the light in there.  No one ever bothered you.  You would be blowing chocolate out your nose for a couple a days after a stretch in there.

I knew you were a sweet guy but that's ridiculous!  LOL

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« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2009, 07:15:22 PM »

 So if I got this straight , a millionnaire or multy , got some cash from the goobermint to put up a museum of his doing or his familys doings and now charges some coin to the general public and makes more mulla but does not give a percentage back on the benifits of the museum .....
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« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2009, 08:12:05 PM »
No, Milton's dead, Hershey chocolate company apparently got the grant.  I think I was last at hershey park about 4 or 5 years ago.  Someone else paid for the ticket ;D  I hate rollercoasters too.  I hate amusement parks, there's nothing for me to do. 

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Re: New Museum
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2009, 09:59:54 PM »
Gday

I like Hurshes  8) and dont mind paying for it because i thought i knew where it was made  ;)  but What realy Peves me is that companys will lash out and spend money like that then turn around and say well we cant produce in our own country and shift production to save afew cents a box and the price at the store dont change  ::)
 its the same down here the box will say made in australia and in the fine print it says packaged in aust using local and imported ingedints now im not dumb and i know the only thing made here is the bloody box   :) :) :) ::) ::) ::) and i try not to buy things that are blatently bulls#$ting me asto where they are made  ;)
just one of those things that realy ticks me off then the blokes incharge wonder why ohh why do we have problems with our economys at times

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