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Did you ever wonder how the Hershey Company began It all began on September 13 1857 in Derry Church Pennsylvania He grew up on a small farm and was the only surviving child of his parents The Hershey family frequently moved which limited his education to the forth grade Since Milton was not going to continue his education any further he took on an apprenticeship with a Lancaster candy maker This inspired him to continue a career in the candy making business Milton Hersheys first three attempts at candy making businesses in Philadelphia Chicago and New York all failed At the 1983 Worlds Columbian Exposition Hershey discovered German chocolate making machinery which he bought for his Lancaster plant He began producing a variety of different chocolates focusing mainly on caramel In 1900 Hershey sold his Lancaster Caramel Co for 1 million He decided to move back to his hometown Derry Church where he would build a new factory Derry Church was the perfect location for Hersheys new factory with all the farms he could easily obtain the milk he would need to produce and perfect his milk chocolate Milk Chocolate was not easy to come by in America At the time it was a Swiss luxury product Hersheys main goal was to make and sell milk chocolate to the American people He then attempted to create his own milk chocolate formula Using trial and error he succeeded in developing the perfect formula Construction began in 1903 on what would be the worlds largest chocolate manufacturing plant It would be one of the first factories to use mass production techniques Completed in 1905 Hersheys soon became a household name Milton Hershey did not stop there His ambitions far exceeded a chocolate factory He began to build a community around his factory He built homes for his factory workers low cost transportation systems and high quality public schools Although many other factories were doing
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