MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - Major construction is wrapping up at the CarbonLITE plastic-bottle recycling plant on Route 61 in Muhlenberg Township, where 130 new jobs will be heading soon, officials said.

It will be the California-based company's third and largest facility in the United States, with pre-production possibly starting next month. The company's clients include Pepsico and Nestle, both in the Allentown area.

"Right now, everyone wants to put post-consumer content into their beverage containers," said CEO Leon Farahnik. "We are the largest in the world today doing bottle-to-bottle recycling."

The 130 job openings may not be the end of the hiring; Farahnik has something else planned.

"We're so happy, we're even thinking about having another location here in Reading, to put our packaging company here as well," said Farahnik.

The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance said a separate packaging company could end up right near the CarbonLITE plant.

"It is a different set of ownership," said Pamela Shupp, the president of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance. "The owner of CarbonLITE is a business partner, but said, 'Hey business partners, we had this great experience here in Reading, Berks County, and you should come and check it out.'"

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