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Hershey Country Club

The historic Hershey Country Club in Hershey, PA was opened in 1930. The club was a cornerstone of chocolate magnate Milton Hershey’s vision for the unique melding of industry and entertainment that would become the Hershey resort—known as the Sweetest Place on Earth. In October 2004 Hershey Entertainment and Resorts announced an $18 million renovation and expansion of the Hershey Country Club. This renovation included demolition of the existing clubhousereplacing it with a brand new, state-of-theart, 43,000 sq ft facility. Atwood Architects of Virginia, a firm specializing in clubhouse design, chose a traditional structural steel frame, capped with a steeply pitched Ultra-SpanÒ truss system, to achieve a dramatic, country lodge-style façade.

Ciesco Truss worked closely with long time customer R and R Plaster and Drywall to supply the nearly 400 trusses for the new clubhouse. Fabrication and installation took place in the fall of 2005, and, as usual, time was of the essence. Although R and R had previous experience with site-built C-stud trusses, they quickly found that the ease of installation of the Ultra-Span system was a real productivity-enhancer.

“We found that using pre-fabricated trusses was much cheaper and quicker to install,” commented Ed Billet, Project Manager. “The engineering package provided by Ciesco was also a huge advantage.” Billet continued. “All the documents we needed were compiled in one easy to follow package. Going forward, we will be using pre-fabricated steel trusses whenever we have the opportunity to do so.”

For Ciesco, Ultra-Span trusses have grown to become a significant part of their overall product offering. According to Jack Haagen,

“Cold formed trusses help to round out our materials package of metal studs, drywall, and finishes. We believe we can offer the drywall/metal framing contractor a one-stop shop for all their material needs. That is one of the reasons we have more than tripled our metal truss volume since 2002.”

The Hershey Country Club is a “must visit” for avid golfers throughout the Northeast. For more information on playing Hershey, you can visit