Rail-serviced facility in Union County, Pennsylvania will support hog farms in the region
Pennsylvania-based hog producer Country View Family Farms will build a new feed factory in Union County, Pennsylvania, according to reports.
The company is investing US$47.3 million over the next three years to build the plant, which will be served by a rail line. The mill will be located on a 100-acre site, some of which will continue to be farmed as it is now. The company is expected to break ground in 2023 and the project will create more than 50 jobs.
“Pennsylvania successfully competed against other states for this expansion, a project that will have a major impact on the state and regional economy,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement. “It is a testament to the positive and welcoming business environment that we have here in the Commonwealth, especially for agribusiness, that we were able to win this project.”
The business received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $255,000 Pennsylvania First grant and was encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program, as well as the PennDOT Railroad Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). ).
“I’m glad DCED can help make this project a reality and keep it at home here in Pennsylvania,” said DCED Acting Secretary Neil Weaver. “Agriculture is a huge economic engine in this area, and this project will help drive economic growth in the region.”
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team (GAT), an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. State Department of Agriculture staff, including Secretary Russell Redding, helped coordinate this project.
“Country View Farms has been a valuable partner in promoting farm biosecurity and innovation, and in creating jobs and opportunities for the region,” said Redding. “We are pleased that Pennsylvania is supporting the company as it increases its ability to supply locally produced, nutritious food that, in turn, fuels our economy.”
Regional economic development organizations Drive and Focus Central PA were also involved in the project, working with local authorities and assisting with site selection.
Headquartered in Middletown, Pennsylvania, Country View Family Farms is a hog breeding and production company that manages more than 100 family farms that raise hogs under contract. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Clemens Family Corp. in Hatfield, Montgomery County.