Whitehall Specialties, a world leader in the custom non-standardized and processed cheese category, will establish a new facility at the former Castle Cheese facility in Slippery Rock Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.
The company has reopened the 81,400-square-foot facility, expanding its manufacturing capacity for non-standardized and processed cheese products. Whitehall will invest at least $3,196,000 in the project, and has committed to creating 80 new, full-time jobs within three years.
“The expansive facilities and access to an ample, skilled workforce are ideally suited to support our future growth plans,” said Karl Kramer, President/CEO of Whitehall Specialties. “Additionally, its location will enable us to better service our customers in the eastern U.S. while allowing for increased flexibility and capacity throughout our four-plant network. Finally, the support we have received from the Governor’s Action Team has been instrumental in getting this project off on the right foot.”
As an incentive, Whitehall received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $200,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $80,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $36,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $1.2 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.
“The acquisition and reuse of the existing facility is a great opportunity for both Whitehall and the community,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “In addition to serving as a strong location for the company, with access to many of the commonwealth’s resources – from customer base proximity to a highly qualified workforce, it will also create jobs for the region’s residents, and support Pennsylvania’s growing economy.”