for Immediate Release
Commonwealth Partnering with Bell & Evans to Support Expansion; Create 380
Harrisburg – Governor Tom
Corbett announced today that the commonwealth has partnered with Bell & Evans,
a poultry processing and packaging company, to support its expansion of operations
in Bethel Township, Lebanon County, creating 380 full-time jobs.
& Evans has called Pennsylvania home for many years, and our partnership will
support this latest expansion to create 380 new jobs and open the door for
future growth,” Corbett said. “It’s another success story in Pennsylvania’s
strong agricultural history and heritage.”
and Evans has purchased a 19.6 acre parcel of land in Bethel Township to
construct a new 158,000-square-foot poultry processing and packaging plant. The
company plans to invest more than $44 million in construction, new equipment
and employee training. Bell & Evans has also committed to creating at least
380 new jobs within three years.
is a leader in agriculture and quality agriculture products and the support we
receive from Governor Corbett is second to none,” said Scott L. Sechler Sr., Bell
& Evans Chairman and President. “Our company has been here for generations
and we’re very proud to be a Pennsylvania company, producing great products
that we market in all 50 states.”
company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and
Economic Development including a 171,000 Guaranteed Free Training grant to be
used to train its new workforce. Additional funding includes a $750,000 Pennsylvania
First Program grant that facilitates investment and job creation and $760,000
in Job Creation Tax Credits. A $400,000 PennDot Transportation Infrastructure
Investment grant was also included.
& Evans has been encouraged to apply for a low-interest loan including $3
million from the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund (MELF). The company has
accepted the funding proposal, but must still apply for each loan and grant and
agree to the terms prior to award receipt.
project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of
economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work
with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.
& Evans is a leading producer of chickens raised without antibiotics and is
the brand name for the company’s poultry product line. It is headquartered in
Fredericksburg, Lebanon County where it employs approximately 1,145 people full
time in its processing plant.
more information on Bell & Evans visit www.bellandevans.com.
more information about Corbett’s commitment to job creation, visit www.pa.gov.
Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Kensinger, DCED; 717-783-1132