HARRISBURG – Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland) announced today that Apple Valley Creamery in East Berlin will receive a grant of $427,474 from the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program (PDIP) to design and build a new dairy processing facility located in Reading Township.
“I am pleased that Apple Valley Creamery is receiving almost a hundred percent of the grant funding that they requested for its facilities,” said Ecker. “Further, in rural Pennsylvania, projects like this that help our dairy sector are crucial to economic development and job growth. I look forward to seeing this East Berlin creamery continue to grow and be successful.”
Due to persistent growth, the Apple Valley Creamery needs to expand its current facility to meet both Food Safety Modernization Act standards and the increasing demand for Apple Valley products such as bottled milk and butter. The new facility will be constructed across the street from the existing operation, which would allow current operations to continue while construction is underway.
The addition will contain a milk receiving bay for transported milk and additional processing space which will enable Apple Valley to begin ice-cream production, which will expand its current product line. A parking lot will also be included with the new facility.
The PDIP funds will be used for construction and equipment costs necessary to build the dairy processing facility.
Representative Torren Ecker
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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