In 1967, Brace began his career with Hershey Foods Corporation as an industrial engineer. He held numerous positions within the company, including plant manager, vice president of manufacturing, and vice president of operations and technology. Brace describes the labor-management relationship in Hershey and his role in labor negotiations. He explains management’s perspective on, and reaction to, the strikes of 1972, 1980, and 2002. The issues surrounding the 2002 strike and the influence of the international union are detailed.
Brace recalls the equal rights movement and phasing out the two tiered wage system and job classifications determined by gender. The interview includes discussion of the decision to build the West Hershey plant and reasons for moving Giant Kiss production to Mexico. Brief mention is also made of Brace’s responsibilities during the proposed sale of Hershey Foods in 2002, and his reaction to the board’s decision to hire Richard Lenny.