Bell & Evans to expand in Lebanon County, add 1,000 new jobs


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.

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