Agribusiness

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.

Food Processing

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.

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.

Infrastructure

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.

Agribusiness-Food Processing Employers in the Central Pennsylvania Region

                    

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