WOMELSDORF, PA. — Dieffenbach’s Potato Chips Inc. has completed the expansion of its new production facility in Bethel, Pa. The company said it has been working on the build-out for the past year and a half.

The new 106,000-square-foot facility includes a new distribution center and additional production lines. The plant will house the company’s direct-store-delivery operations, national distribution for both company and private label brands, and a new manufacturing line that is capable of processing more than 15 million lbs of potatoes annually.

Dieffenbach said the company will have the capacity to expand processing to 200 million lbs if needed.

“The growth of the company over the past few years is allowing us to create more opportunities for our existing team members as well as opportunities for people looking for a new career,” said Mike Marlowe, chief operating officer. “The market has tremendous growth opportunities. We will continue to grow as fast as we can find the right people to join our team.”

The company said it plans to hire 30 to 40 additional employees to accommodate the expansion.

Founded in 1964, Dieffenbach’s is a third-generation, family-owned and -operated kettle chip manufacturer. The company’s brands include Dieffenbach’s, One Potato Two Potato and Uglies. The company also makes private label kettle potato chips, sweet potato chips and root vegetable medleys for several national retailers.