HARRISBURG, PA. — Keurig Dr Pepper is expanding its presence in Pennsylvania with the purchase of a 92-acre former Kraft Heinz Co. property.
Keurig Dr Pepper plans to invest nearly $220 million in a project to update the site. The 1,541,280-square-foot manufacturing, warehouse and distribution facility will be located in Upper Macungie Township in Lehigh county. The new facility is expected to provide Keurig Dr Pepper with additional capacity for existing and new brands, while optimizing logistics in the Northeast by providing large-scale warehouse operations.
The expansion project will create 378 new full-time jobs.
“K.D.P. is focused on building an integrated, best-in-class manufacturing network that supports the production of all beverages in all categories,” said Fernando Cortes, chief supply chain officer for Keurig Dr Pepper. “Our new facility in Allentown and additional supply chain investments in existing facilities support our vision for providing a beverage for every consumer. We are excited to become part of the Allentown community as we continue to invest in new and exciting opportunities for growth.”
Keurig Dr Pepper said it received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $1.5 million Pennsylvania First grant, $170,100 in funding for worker training, and $1.134 million in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.
“We welcome Keurig Dr Pepper to the large cluster of national food, beverage and pet food producers that call the Lehigh Valley home,” said Donald T. Cunningham, president and chief executive officer of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. “With the growing demand in the Lehigh Valley market, we had little doubt that the Kraft property would be quickly reused after its closure due to the Heinz merger. We are grateful for the support of the state, the township and the Lehigh County Authority to help make the deal possible.”