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Hershey, Pennsylvania

Company: The Hershey Company
Founded: 1903
Population: 13,026

Hershey’s original chocolate factory opened in 1905, and the town originally named Derry Church rebranded as Hershey in 1906 as the chocolate’s popularity rose. Milton S. Hershey developed everything for his employees: housing, education, cultural facilities, banks, utilities, inexpensive transit, and even recreation, including Hershey Park, which was built for employees’ enjoyment in 1907.

The Hershey Company remains the nation's leading confectionary manufacturer, and with related businesses like Hersheypark, Hersheypark Stadium, and Hershey Gardens, Hershey remains a major employer in its town today.

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