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Continental Specialty Meats Invests $4 Million To Relocate Production Center To Forks Township, Pennsylvania

Area Development Online News Desk (11/14/2013)
Continental Specialty Meats, Inc., a food processor of specialty meats, will invest $4 million to relocate operations to Northampton County, Pennsylvania, bringing 26 jobs to the region during the next three years.

The company recently purchased an 18,225-square-foot facility Forks Township in the Lehigh Valley, where it will add 20,000 square feet for additional work space. The company will invest more than $4 million to support the expansion through land acquisition, renovations, site improvements, new equipment and employee training.

Once the move has been completed, Continental will operate under the name, “Bethlehem Sausage Factory”. The company will establish a mail-order website to serve its retail customers while the newly acquired facility will focus on the wholesale trade.

“My brother Eric and I are grateful to the state of Pennsylvania; they have been welcoming and helpful which has helped to lessen the stress of building a new plant,” said Continental Specialty Meats President Kenneth Mayer. “We are excited to begin operations in Pennsylvania.”

“Pennsylvania’s economy is back on track as we continue to promote business growth and job creation throughout the state,” said Gov. Tom Corbett. “By improving our business climate we will continue to realize new opportunities for our workforce.”

As an incentive the company received a funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $50,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and $52,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits. The company will also be eligible to apply for a $375,000 loan from the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund to be repaid within 10 years.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, in collaboration with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. “Continental Specialty Meats is truly a family affair – a company with a proud history of fine delicatessen foods,” said Don Cunningham, President and CEO of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. “The company is making a long-term investment in the Lehigh Valley and LVEDC is pleased to have had a hand in attracting this more than $4 million project to our region. It’s a relocation project that will result in at least 26 new full-time jobs.”

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