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The Herseys Company our National Treasure
For over a hundred years Hershey has supplied the world with the best tasting chocolate. This company is famous for its, dark chocolate, white chocolate and milk chocolate candies and treats. The raw chocolate and bark are used by to bake delicious cakes, icings, candy and all sorts of delicious chocolate recipes.
Reared in rural central Pennsylvania, lacking a formal education and nearly bankrupt at the age of thirty Milton S. Hershey became one of America's wealthiest entrepreneurs. A visionary and philanthropist whose generosity continues to touch many lives even to this day.
In 1876 Hershey began in the candy business as an apprentice for a candy maker for four years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Afterwards he set out on his own to start his own candy business, which after six years of sweat and tears failed miserably. He then moved to Denver and began working with a confectioner who taught him how to make caramels using fresh milk. Again the young entrepreneur set out starting another business using caramels in New York, which also failed. This set back did not phase the young man who moved back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and started the Lancaster Caramel Company this one worked he was soon shipping his product all over the United States and Europe, employing 1400 people and became one of the areas leading citizens.
While attending the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition in Chicago Hershey was fascinated with the art of making chocolate. At the exposition he purchased some German machinery shipped them to Lancaster, and began the production of chocolate coatings for his caramels. There was a growing demand for chocolate and Hershey spent countless hours over several years trying to perfect the recipe for milk chocolate. A secret that was closely guarded by the Swiss at this time. Through trial and error he finally hit on the perfect combination of ingredients. Soon Hershey was mass producing and distributing a luxury that was once only for the rich ... now it was to become the sweet that all good afford and enjoy..the Hershey bar. After which the name of the company was changed to Hershey Chocolate Company.
The Hershey Chocolate Company was growing at a fast pace and Hershey decided to sell his caramel company for $1 million dollars (a very huge sum in 1900). After the sale Mr. Hershey devoted all his time to the production of chocolate. With the sudden growth there was a need to expand his production capacity, he found a suitable location in Near Derry Township, where he was born. It was close to port cities that could provide cocoa beans and sugar, and was surrounded by dairy farms. The area was teeming with work populace and in 1903 he broke ground.
To expand the product line the company developed a flat-bottomed, cone shaped milk chocolate candy which Mr. Hershey decided to named Hershey's kisses, During the next two decades more products were generated Mr. Goodbar 1925, Hershey's Syrup 1926, chocolate chips 1928, Krackel Bar 1938, During the Great Depression these new products help to keep the organization afloat.
Learning from past mistakes, Milton Hershey became a shrewd business man. He believed, as some industrialist did at the time, that workers who were treated fairly, and who lived in a comfortable environment would be better workers (whatever happen to the good old days). So he set about planning a model community that would include; housing for executives and workers alike, schools, churches, parks, recreational facilities and a trolley system. One mode of thinking separated this town from other "company towns" of the era, Hershey's determination not to exploit its resident workers, but rather to provide for their welfare. Later the town was named Hershey, naturally, and added a community with a department store, a convention hall, an amusement park, a swimming pool and lots of schools.
Milton Hershey's company earned five Army-Navy "E" Production Awards for his contribution to the war effort during the World Wars l & ll. The company created a survival ration bar for military use.
Since Mr. Hershey's death in 1945 there are quite a few organizations sharing its company umbrella; Reeses Candy Company, San Giorgio Macaroni and Delmonico foods, Rowntree Mackintosh's products (an English candy company) Y & S Candies, makers of Twizzlers licorice, Dietrich Corpor. confectionery company, Peter Paul / Cadbury and Ronzoni Foods.
Hershey's philanthropic efforts included; The Hershey Industrial School (later re-named Milton Hershey School) for orphan boys in 1909 established to provide educational opportunities he himself was denied. Later the school opened its doors for girls to benefit as well. Hershey and his wife developed the finest elementary and secondary schools in the area. A junior college was also in their plans. In 1918 without too much ado Hershey transferred the bulk of this wealth, which was considerable at the time, including the ownership to the Hershey Chocolate Company and all other enterprises, to the Hershey trust to be held for the Hershey Industrial School.
Milton Hershey's legacy lives on, his company is still very profitable and a range of Hershey products can be found in homes throughout the world. The town of Hershey has many attractions and is a popular destination for vacationers and business conventioneers. The Milton Hershey School, along with other Hershey philanthropic endeavors have expanded and prospered. The school now houses and educates hundreds of boys and girls. This is a sweet legacy left by an uneducated, but brilliant entrepreneur and compassionate humanitarian.
I was very impressed and found Milton Hershey fascinating. To come from nothing and accomplish so much is a tribute to this nation and its freedoms.
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