Ocean Spray Begins Construction On $110M Plant

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lehigh County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lehigh County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

State officials and business owners dug ceremonial shovels into the earth Tuesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of a $110 million Ocean Spray bottling plant in Upper Macungie.

The 315,000-square-foot plant is expected to bring 165 jobs to the region when it opens in September 2013. The plant will replace Ocean Spray’s aging facility in Bordentown, N.J. Some of the jobs at the new site will be filled by existing Ocean Spray employees who were given “the most generous incentive, relocation and transition packages” to help them move to the Valley, company officials said in a news release.

Pennsylvania lured Ocean Spray across the Delaware River by promising the company a $4.52 million incentive package. That included money for infrastructure improvements and job training, as well as a low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. The plant will be built using the latest environmentally friendly designs and materials.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/parkland/mc-allentown-ocean-spray-opening-20120417-11,0,5054159.story

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