The True Story of the Hershey Factory in Smiths Falls

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The True Story of the Hershey Factory in Smiths Falls

sure could use an O’Henry now…

lindaseccaspina

37894_10150218825505366_2841384_n.jpgHershey Employees final donation to the Smiths Falls Legion Branch 95, on July 6th 2010

Photo-Brent Whiten‎Hershey Friends and Family
 
 
 The Former Hershey Factory in Smiths Falls:

It was a 470,000 sq. ft. chocolate factory opened by The Hershey Company in 1963 and was the first Hershey plant to be opened outside the United States.

 

Grand Opening 1962
The Rise

The story begins in 1960 when the Smiths Falls Chamber of Commerce stood at the end of one street in Smiths Falls attempting to stop the first car with foreign licence plates. They devised the clever plan so they could hopefully sell the occupants of the car on the town. The first car they stopped happened to contain the occupants of the Hershey Chocolate Company looking to open a new Canadian facility– and by 1961 construction had started.

Smiths Falls was selected because of its adequate…

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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