This term we're taking Operations which is a great class and while yellow boxes on a chalkboard are great for learning about production and the various Japanese words that make it better, it is another thing to see it in person. So today instead of classes (which got added on Friday, so not that great) we went to visit various plants and factories. I got really lucky here as a lot of other people went to visit box factories, medical device assembly facilities or a plastics plant. All great companies and interesting to see, but come on. Chocolate Factory.
I know what you're saying person who didn't get to go, "whatever big factories are all the same it's just a bunch of machines." I also know that you are WRONG. The air was definitely 3% chocolate by my estimation and seeing how the chocolate was made was awesome. Walking past wheelbarrows full of "defective" Reese's Cups was tough, but they rewarded our self control with lots of free candy after. The factory isn't open to the public for tours and all joking aside, the scale on which they do everything was really amazing to see, and we were hosted by two really great people.
Some fun facts about the plant:
-Hershey's second largest factory, (guess where #1 is) it's 650,000 feet on 318 acres. Plenty of room for the chocolate to roam free and grow big and strong.
-They produce 240 million pounds of chocolate a year
-Make their own chocolate in house (it used to be brought from PA on tanker trucks) and do their own peanut roasting
-Also you cannot take any pictures on the floor, and have to wear a hairnet, as well as very funny looking beardnet if you have a beard (see below)
Some of Section E preps for delivery of a newborn/ factory tour