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Stir Foods Expands Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Operations

Stir Foods Lancaster, a custom manufacturer of soups, sauces, dressings, and fresh salsas for retail, industrial, and foodservice customers, will expand its manufacturing operations in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The $4 million project is expected to retain 51 jobs and create 100 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.

With new investments in machinery and equipment, the company will significantly increase production, while enhancing food safety and product quality. The expansion project will result in the need for a second shift and will triple existing employment.

“We plan to invest in Lancaster to grow the facility into one of our ‘flagship’ locations and appreciate the support that the state of Pennsylvania has offered us,” said Milt Liu, CEO of Stir Foods.

“Pennsylvania has a long legacy of manufacturing excellence, and our food manufacturers like Stir Foods bring good jobs and new opportunities to both their surrounding community and the commonwealth as a whole,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “My administration is proud to support Stir Foods in its expansion, which will benefit the company, its employees and customers, and Lancaster County.”

The company received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $300,000 Pennsylvania First grant and a $150,000 workforce development grant to help the company train workers. The company has committed to investing over $4 million into the project and creating at least 100 new jobs over the next three years.

“We’re thrilled Stir Foods is investing in Lancaster County and applaud its commitment to the existing workforce, while also setting the stage for strong future growth,” said Lisa Riggs, President, Economic Development Company of Lancaster County. “The combination of Stir Foods and the commonwealth’s investment in machinery and equipment plus workforce training puts the company in the driver’s seat to leverage consumer interest in custom food products.”

Stir Foods Lancaster is privately held and part of the Stir Foods group of companies. The company was formed by Wind Point Partners to acquire the business and assets of Lancaster Fine Foods and manufactures salad dressings, sauces, marinades, and fruit spreads/jams in addition to offering contract manufacturing, packaging, and fulfillment services.

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