Lehigh Valley

Casey urges Ocean Spray to build local bottling plant

Senator meets with company, offers help in clearing hurdles

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., went public Tuesday with his efforts to bring Ocean Spray to Pennsylvania.

Casey released a letter he sent to the company's CEO, Randy Papadellis, urging the company to build a bottling and processing facility on 44 acres of land it is reportedly eying in Upper Macungie Twp., Lehigh Co.

The letter, Casey said, is the culmination of months of behind the scenes work to bring Ocean Spray to the region.

"Ocean Spray can look far and wide, but they'll find that some of the country's best workers are located in the Lehigh Valley," said Casey.

Ocean Spray announced plans in May to close its plant in Bordentown, N.J. and relocate the operations to Pennsylvania in 2013, with the Lehigh Valley being a possible destination.

Since then, Casey said he has met with company executives and urged them to make the move, offering to help in any way he can.

The facility would have the potential to create 165 jobs and pump $130 million into the region's economy, Casey said.

Ocean Spray officials have not yet commented on Casey's letter.


DISCLAIMER FOR COMMENTS: The views expressed by public comments are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the TERMS OF USE  and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Your comments may be used on air. Be polite. Inappropriate posts or posts containing offsite links may be removed by the moderator.

Allentown, PA 18102

41°F

Overcast

TONIGHT

31°F

  • %

This Week's Circulars

Top Stories

Latest from the newsroom

More from the Newsroom