In a major $12.5 million expansion project, TruFood Manufacturing will update its current 97,500-square-foot O’Hara Township plant facility, and expand into a neighboring 155,000-square-foot site at the same Regional Industrial Development Corporation Business Park in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
, adding at least 100 new jobs.
TruFood, with a workforce of 215 employees, is a family owned manufacturer that has been producing chocolate confection and nutrition products since 1985 at its headquarters in O’Hara Township.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our company, employees and community. I am sincerely appreciative that we are receiving this support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Pete Tsudis, President and CEO of TruFood Manufacturing.
“From the beginning, the state has demonstrated its commitment to assist manufacturing companies in our region. We could not have done this without the unwavering support from the governor, Department of Community and Economic Development and the Governor’s Action Team,” he said.
“My administration is working every day to help hardworking Pennsylvanians find jobs,” Gov. Tom Corbett said. “Today we celebrate the growth of TruFood, an expansion that will create 100 new jobs in the region.”
The company received a funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $200,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $120,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits and a $27,000 Guaranteed Free Training grant to be used to train its new workforce. In addition, a $3,250,000 low-interest loan from the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund to be repaid in seven years will be used to assist in equipment acquisition.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, a group of economic development professionals who work directly with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.