Ice River Springs Water Co., Inc will invest $21 million to locate a new bottling and manufacturing facility in Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, creating 49 jobs.
The Canadian-based firm plans to lease an existing 100,000 square-foot facility in Hanover Township with an option to purchase its first Pennsylvania plant after one year. The company will invest in leasehold improvements, new equipment and employee training.
Pennsylvania is a great location for our business, it has access to key markets for us, allowing us to locate closer to our customers,” Executive Vice President Sandy Gott said. “The Allentown plant will help us reduce costs, fuel, and emissions; we are looking forward to building the Ice River Spring Water workforce in Pennsylvania.”
“My administration is committed to partnering with business to grow private sector jobs for Pennsylvanians,” Gov. Tom Corbett said. “Because of that commitment, we were successful in bringing Ice River Springs and the 49 new jobs it will create to the Lehigh Valley.”
As an incentive the company received a $220,050 funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $100,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $98,000 in guaranteed free training, and $22,050 in WEDnet Training.
“We are thrilled to have Ice River Springs coming to the Lehigh Valley,” said Don Cunningham, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. “Ice River is an ambitious and forward-looking company, which we are glad to add to the growing food and beverage manufacturing sector in the Lehigh Valley. LVEDC was glad to play a role in attracting this environmentally-conscious water bottling company and assisting with their site selection.”