BrightFarms choose Penn Township – Selinsgrove, Central Pennsylvania USA to construct a new, 250,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse operation. The new facility will serve as one of the company’s four primary facilities in the U.S. and will utilize hydroponics to grow its greens and herbs without soil. BrightFarms plans to invest more than $20 million into the project, which is expected to create 54 jobs over the next three years.
The Central Pennsylvania region provides fertile ground for the food processing and lumber industries. Additionally, our close proximity to the majority of the nation’s population and seaports makes Central PA a smart choice for food manufacturing. Other successful companies such as Kellogg’s, Frito-Lay, Del Monte, Conagra, Furmano Foods and Asher’s Chocolates have found a dependable workforce and a supportive community. Central Pennsylvania has many sources of organic goods as well as support for sustainable practices.
Pennsylvania’s reputable agribusiness industry represents more than two centuries of heritage and quality and is a leading economic driver across the state, producing quality products — like food and hardwoods — from farm to table and forest to factory. High-quality soil, crop diversity, strong university partnerships, and farming tradition paired with strategic location and comprehensive infrastructure and logistics systems make our state an ideal location for agribusiness-focused companies.
Pennsylvania leads the nation in food-processing companies, with more than 2,300 operating across the state. The strength of the food-processing sector supports Pennsylvania’s leading-state status in the value of shipments of canned fruit and vegetable specialty products, chocolate and cocoa products, potato chips, and pretzels. Our dairy industry ranks second in the country in butter production, and in the top 10 in cheese and milk production.
The Milton Regional Sewer Authority has a total of 4.25 million Gallons Per Day (GPD) capacity for high strength waste/food (currently use about 1-1.5 MGPD) and their plant has anaerobic reactors that produce electricity ultimately lowering rates as more users come into the system. They currently serve a large Con Agra plant in Milton, PA. Although they can set up direct piping to sites in their coverage area they also have a Trucked Waste Receiving Facility. This trucking waste receiving facility is 5 minutes off I-80, offers competitive pricing, 6 unloading ports for quick turnaround, convenient hours and easy permitting process.
The Sunbury Municipal Authority owns and operates a Wastewater Treatment Facility. The WWTP is designed for a “dry weather” hydraulic loading of 4.2 MGD and an Influent BOD5 loading of 14,011 lbs/day. The treatment plant employs physical and biological treatment processes to attain treatment goals. It is designed to handle a flow of 4.2 million gallons per day (MGD) and a permitted average monthly organic effluent concentration of 25 milligrams per liter (mg/l) of biochemical oxygen demand (cBOD5) per day.
Hardwoods and Paper Products
Pennsylvania lives up to its name with a hardwoods and forestry industry that’s known for its quality and sustainability. We have the largest hardwood forest in the United States, with 119 billion board feet standing saw timber in 2015 — more than five times the forest resource in the state more than 60 years ago — and we grow more than 10 percent of the nation’s Christmas trees. The forestry, logging, and lumber, paper, and secondary wood products industries employ nearly 66,000 workers across the state.
The Pennsylvania Timber Show is held annual near State College, PA. Exhibitors show off their forest product related machinery and equipment, technology advancements, financial options, and business assistance programs. Pennsylvania is the leading hardwood-producing state in the U.S., so naturally the Timber Show is an amazing setting to learn about the industry and network with forest product companies throughout the state. https://agsci.psu.edu/timber
Related Support Links
- Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences – for information on research and educational programs.
- Penn State Sustainable Agriculture– for information on activities in the Central PA region in sustainable agriculture.
Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture – Sustainable and organic Farms and other information regarding sustainable farming. PASA works to increase the number of farms and the economic viability of existing farms in Pennsylvania through farm-based educational programs, organizing an annual conference, publishing a quarterly newsletter, networking to build markets for local and sustainably produced food, providing educational programs and opportunities for new farmers, and providing information and education on farmer-developed value-added products.
- Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture – contains statewide agriculture information and programs, including maps, advertising, and over 3000 agricultural business listings.
- Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Product Development – provides assistance with product promotion worldwide.