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Ocean Spray Downsizes Plans

The Ocean Spray bottling facility project in Upper Macungie is still expected to bring 165 jobs to the Lehigh Valley, although the building will be smaller.

voted 3-0 Thursday night to approve juicemaker 's request to downsize its planned 315,000-square-foot bottling facility on 44 acres between Schantz Road and Route 100 to 225,000 square feet.

Director of Community Development Kenneth Moloney said company representatives made the request to the township's planning board in mid-July and the request was passed conditionally for the board's unanimous vote.

"I think they figured that they may be able to operate just as well in a smaller facility," Moloney said.

The $110 million project, which has the backing of Gov. Tom Corbett's office, is expected to bring 165 jobs into the Lehigh Valley. Ocean Spray is moving its operations to the Lehigh Valley from Bordentown, N.J., which is near Trenton.

The plan was somewhat controversial when it was first presented to township plannners and supervisors in January and February.

Land developer David Jaindl and project enginner J. Scott Pidcock to light industrial from highway commercial. The rezoning request was eventually passed.

for the project in April.

mm August 03, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Too bad Oceanspray isn't using the Lehigh Valley contractors to build their building!! I hope all Lehigh Valley residents stop buying Oceanspray products. They are not helping the Lehigh Valley one bit!!
Jerry August 05, 2012 at 02:11 PM
They can hire whoever they like to build their building. It's called living in a free country. Ultimately, they'll be employing Lehigh Valley workers. So, yeah they are helping the area. It's their business and they can hire whoever they like.
Carolyn Morgan December 19, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Who is the contractor?
Joe December 19, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Are we downsizing the tax incentive ?

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