READING, Pa. (AP) — Production of York Peppermint Patties and other candy brands is coming to an end at The Hershey Co. plant in Reading, Pa.

After 23 years in Reading, the chocolate maker is closing the plant Friday and moving production to a new factory it has built in Monterey, Mexico. It will mean the loss of 300 jobs in the southeastern Pennsylvania city.

The plant also makes 5th Avenue and Zagnut candy bars and Jolly Rancher hard candies.

The nation’s largest candy manufacturer announced two years ago that the plant would close as part of a wider move by Hershey to eliminate 1,500 jobs and one-third of its existing production lines, shifting more manufacturing to contractors in the United States.

Some workers will stay on for a few more weeks to close the plant.

Stop buying Hershey products. Stop buying them now. Don’t buy ANYTHING with the Hershey name related to it.

Easter is coming. Hershey would regret the move to Mexico if you stopped buying their products.

The economic recovery is in our hands if we’ll accept the responsibility. Here are 300 jobs you can save—or not.

Chris Reich, Author of TeachU’s Business Talk Blog
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