Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Country View Family Farms, LLC has chosen Pennsylvania for its $47.3 million+ feed mill expansion project that will create at least 51 new jobs well paid in Union County.
“Pennsylvania successfully competed against other states for this expansion – a project that will have a significant impact on the regional and national economy,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “It is a testament to the welcoming and positive business environment we have here in the Commonwealth, particularly for agribusinesses, that we were able to win this project.”
Country View Family Farms will build a new feed mill on a 100+ acre railroad site at 2142 Old Route 15 in New Columbia, Union County to support its hog production business.
“We anticipate that the creation of this cutting-edge operation will facilitate and support the growth of many family farms and rural businesses by providing an exciting new market for agricultural products produced by local farmers,” said Eric Patton of Clemens Family. Company. “We look forward to working with the Commonwealth and local authorities to realize this vision.”
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $255,000 grant in Pennsylvania and was encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program, and PennDOT’s Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). . Country View Family Farms is committed to creating at least 51 new jobs in Union County, retaining 231 existing full-time jobs statewide, and investing more than $47,325,000 in the project over the next three years.
“I’m glad the DCED was able to help bring this to fruition and keep it here in Pennsylvania,” DCED Acting Secretary Neil Weaver said. “Agriculture is a huge economic driver in this region, and this project will help support the region’s economic growth.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team (GAT), an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses planning to locate or expand in Pennsylvania.
Through GAT, Governor Wolf has invested more than $17.3 billion over the past seven years to support 410 completed projects, create more than 45,850 new jobs, and retain more than 140,500 jobs for Pennsylvanians.
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture staff, including Secretary Russell Redding, helped coordinate this project.
“Country View Farms has been a valuable partner in promoting on-farm biosecurity and innovation, and in creating jobs and opportunities for the region,” said Secretary Redding. “We are thrilled that Pennsylvania is supporting the company as it increases its ability to provide locally produced, nutritious foods that, in turn, fuel our economy.”
Regional economic development organizations Drive and Focus Central PA were also involved in the project, working with local authorities and helping with site selection.
“Agriculture is at the heart of Pennsylvania’s economy and that’s certainly true here in central Pennsylvania,” said Jennifer Wakeman, executive director of Drive. “A project like this showcases everything that makes our region unique; a commitment to agriculture, a strong work ethic and the infrastructure to support an operation of this magnitude.
“Focus Central PA is delighted to recognize and thank Country View Family Farms for their investment in Pennsylvania,” said Lauren Bryson, executive director of Focus Central PA. “This is an important and strategic agribusiness investment, an industry critical to smart economic growth, which we are working to attract to provide high quality, sustainable career opportunities in Central PA.”
Based in Middletown, Pennsylvania, Country View Family Farms is a hog supply and production company, managing more than 100 family farms that raise hogs under contract. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Clemens Family Corporation in Hatfield, Montgomery County.
For more information on the Governor’s Action Team or the Department of Community and Economic Development, visit the DCED website.