Production would be relocated to the firms West Hershey facility

Production would be relocated to the firm's West Hershey facility

US confectioner Hershey has reached a "tentative" labour agreement with the union representing its Pennsylvania-based employees over a possible relocation.

The agreement, announced today (1 June), is part of a strategic supply chain assessment being made by the chocolate maker, which will allow it to expand its West Hershey facility.

If approved by employees at Hershey’s 19 East Chocolate Avenue and West Hershey facilities, the company’s board of directors will be asked to review and approve a modernisation project to expand the latter facility into "one of the world’s largest and most advanced chocolate-making facilities".

Current production in the 19 East Chocolate Avenue plant, as well as a portion of the workforce, would be relocated to the West Hershey facility.

Additionally, the company would continue to occupy a portion of the older 19 East Chocolate Avenue facility as administrative offices.

A decision is expected to be made this month.