Hershey’s To Manufacture Its Own Masks

Hershey’s To Manufacture Its Own Masks

Hershey is investing $1 million to acquire new production capabilities to make face masks for its employees and their families as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unlike other food and beverage companies that retrofit existing equipment for personal protective equipment (PPE) production, Hershey is expanding its capabilities to keep both chocolate and PPE manufacturing operations running.  This way Hershey ensures a safe and clean working environment for continual operations as well as providing relief for much needed face masks to protect health workers and general public against the highly contagious coronavirus.


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This post is based on the Food Dive article, Hershey to acquire facility to manufacture face masks, by Jessi Devenynys, April 28, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / Dech St

Discussion Questions:

1. What capacity decision has Hershey made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Guidance: Face masks are in short supply as they are a key personal protective equipment (PPE) to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  The masks are also Continue reading

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Relativity To Print Rockets In Its New Location

Relativity To Print Rockets In Its New Location

Relativity is building a 120,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility and operating center in Long Beach, California to make its Terran 1 rocket.

The facility has plenty of room to operate its large 3D-printers, make taller rockets, house 300 support staff from machining to marketing, and realize its long-term vision of sending a 3D-printed rocket to Mars.


Video Spotlight: Relativity Space’s New Long Beach Headquarters (Feb 28, 2020, Relativity Space)


This post is based on the Forbes article, Relativity Blasts Off For 2021 Rocket Launch With New Facility, by Elizabeth Howell, February 28, 2020, and the YouTube video featured in the Video Spotlight. Image source: NASA.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the determinants in making the capacity decision for Relativity’s Long Beach facility?

Guidance: The determinants include enough square footage for growth and expansion, enough room to operate large 3D-printers, have ability to make taller rockets, and allow staff to perform activities from machining to marketing.

2. What factors are considered in making the location decision for Relativity’s Long Beach facility?

Guidance: The location factors include capacity to grow and expand, close to the company’s 150 employees in Los Angeles, and able to handle Continue reading

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