The move is expected to add jobs, improve efficiency and support the company’s plans for growth.
The project, which will begin this summer, includes construction of a 164,000 square foot addition to the existing facility.
The distribution centre currently serves retail and foodservice customers in the north-east region, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
The project is planned for completion in late 2018 and will add 114 jobs, bringing total employment at the distribution centre to about 220.
“This expansion will allow us to better service our customers and ship our complete portfolio of protein-packed brands from one distribution centre. New technology will also improve team member safety while reducing our carbon footprint,” said Gregg Uecker, senior vice-president of network planning and integration at Tyson. “We thank the Department of Community and Economic Development for their help on this project and continued support of our efforts to grow in the community.”
Tyson Foods received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $46,400 WEDnet grant and $228,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said: “I’m proud to announce that Tyson Foods will expand and create 114 family-sustaining jobs in Schuylkill County. The company is investing heavily in its future in Pennsylvania with its own $59.7 million capital investment. The I-81 corridor has become an extremely attractive location for food processors, and I applaud Tyson Foods for choosing to grow right here in Pennsylvania.”