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Oakdale Stunned By Hershey’s Closing

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Oakdale, CA — A shocking announcement for Oakdale; the Hershey´s chocolate factory will be closing its doors next year.

575 employees will lose their jobs at the 42 year old facility. They received word of the closure Monday afternoon. Company Spokesman Kirk Seville made the official announcment.

The plant has an annual payroll of $27 million and it has been estimated that Hershey´s pumps that same amount into the local economy.

With a national restructuring, Hershey´s is also closing plants in its home state of Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Hershey´s has also announced that it will be terminating several of its product lines.

Written by Bill Johnson