Poultry processor Bell & Evans will expand its operations in Lebanon County and add more than 1,000 new jobs, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday.
Wolf said the Fredericksburg-based, family-owned company will build a new poultry harvesting facility in Bethel Township. The facility will house four processing lines, each with a capacity of 600,000 birds a week.
The extra capacity is needed to meet increased demand for Bell & Evans chicken products, which will be processed at its nearby plant, the governor said.
Bell & Evans plans to invest more than $260 million into the project, which is expected to create 1,069 new, full-time jobs over the next three years and retain a further 1,650 jobs.
For the new facility, the company plans to source chickens from Pennsylvania farms within a one-hour radius. Bell & Evans owner Scott Sechler said the expansion will support local farmers in 15 surrounding counties
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $2 million grant, $2,138,000 in job creation tax credits, and $421,650 in funding for job training.
Bell & Evans also received approval for an $11 million loan to assist with the costs of a wastewater treatment facility necessary for the expansion project.