Lt. Governor Cawley Announces French Food Processing Company
Charles & Alice to Establish Facility in Lancaster County, Creating 50 New
Creating Project a Direct Result of Governor Corbett’s 2012 Trade Mission to
France and Germany
Lancaster County– Continuing to advance Governor Tom Corbett’s JOBS1stPA
initiative, Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley announced today that
Charles & Alice Group, a food processing company, has established its U.S.
operations in East Hempfield Township, creating 50 new full-time jobs.
Corbett recognizes that Pennsylvania is competing at the global stage and is
committed to attracting new job creating projects whether the opportunity is a
neighboring state or in Western Europe,” said Cawley. “Charles & Alice
welcomed Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania delegation two years ago in
France and it is with great pleasure that I welcome Charles & Alice and 50
new jobs to Lancaster County.”
& Alice has entered into a lease for a 55,000-square-foot site in East
Hempfield Township to serve as its first processing site in the United States.
The company plans to invest more than $10.6 million in leasehold improvements,
new machinery and equipment. The company has also committed to creating at
least 50 new jobs within the next three years. Charles & Alice will work
with Lancaster-based distributor, Hess Brother’s Fruit Company as their apple
supplier for their products.
excited to announce that we will open our U.S. facility in September this year
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Governor and his team have been really helpful
in identifying the best location for us,” said Thierry Goubault, CEO of the
Charles & Alice Group. “We’ve been impressed by their energy and
involvement in making this project happen. To produce the healthiest Fruit
Pouches for kids, we need a talented workforce, high quality apples, a
supportive community and a business-friendly state government, and we can find
all of this here, in Pennsylvania.”
received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic
Development including a $22,500 Guaranteed Free Training grant to be used to
train its new workforce. Additional funding includes a $150,000 Pennsylvania
First Program grant that facilitates investment and job creation and $150,000
in Job Creation Tax Credits.
has also been encouraged to apply for the funding offer as well as a
low-interest loan including $1.25 million from the Machinery and Equipment Loan
Fund (MELF). Charles & Alice has accepted the funding proposal, but must
still apply for each loan and grant and agree to the terms prior to award
was coordinated by DCED’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD)
in collaboration with the Governor’s Action Team, Lancaster County Economic
Development Corporation, PA Department of Agriculture and the Team Pennsylvania
& Alice is a food company headquartered in France and is one of the leading
manufacturers of apple sauce in Europe. The company specializes in
ready-to-eat, healthy food products such as squeezable apple sauce pouches. In
2000, Charles & Alice launched in France the first range of apple sauces
with no added sugar, developing an unequaled expertise in bringing healthy and
tasty food to consumers. The company has been exporting to the US market since
In March 2012, Governor Corbett led a
delegation of business, tourism, university leaders, and economic development
partners on a JOBS1st mission to France and Germany to open new doors for
economic growth and job creation and to keep Pennsylvania at the forefront of
international business development. While in Lyon, France, Governor Corbett met
with Charles & Alice to discuss opportunities in Pennsylvania.
launched in 2012, created a comprehensive roadmap to economic recovery that
harnesses the state’s resources and talents to prioritize private-sector job
growth. Today, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate stands at a five-year low and
jobs have been growing on a consistent basis for nearly four years.
information about Corbett’s JOBS1st PA initiative, visit www.pa.gov.
Brennan, Lieutenant Governor’s Office; 717-787-3300
Kensinger, DCED; 717-783-1132