Company cuts ribbon on organic chicken hatchery

BETHEL TWP., Pa. - A new chicken hatchery is bringing jobs to Lebanon County.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Bell and Evans hatchery in Bethel Township.

The company said this will be the first organic hatchery in the world, and it will bring 30 jobs to the area.

Company officials said they also plan to build a new processing plant in the next few years, which will create more than 1,000 new jobs.

"That has the potential to add between 1,500 and 2,000 additional jobs on top of what we have today, so we're one of the largest employers in the Lebanon Valley," said Audrey King, Bell and Evans' director of marketing.

Bell and Evans said the chicks at the new hatchery will be fed organic food, and they won't be handled by machines, so they'll be less stressed.

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