Apio Invests Over 22 Million Dollars in Hanover, Pennsylvania Facility
- by Jordan Okumura
GUADALUPE, CA - Apio, Inc., is responding to the growing demand for its expanding portfolio of value-added vegetable products by making a $22.5 million investment in its Hanover, PA, operations. This expansion will increase production lines from two to ten and more than triples the size of the Hanover facility, coming in at 64,000 square feet.
“North American shoppers are responding to our on-trend product portfolio, which includes Eat Smart Gourmet Vegetable Superfood Salad Kits like Eat Smart Sweet Kale Salad, Wild Greens and Quinoa Salad, and Beets and Greens Salad,” said Anne Byerly, Vice President of Marketing, Apio. “The expansion of Hanover will allow us to grow our Eat Smart and GreenLine brands particularly in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.”
Over the next three years, this new venture will add up to 200 jobs. Construction of the first phase is slated for a December 2015 completion, according to a press release. The expansion was made possible with the approval of a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) agreement approved by county, township and school board bodies.
“Solidifying Apio’s presence and long-term investment in York County is a win for the region,” said Darrell W. Auterson, President and CEO, York County Economic Alliance. “We welcome Apio’s expansion and the jobs they are bringing here.”
In addition, The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development offered a funding proposal including Job Creation Tax Credits, a Pennsylvania First Program grant and a WEDnetPA training grant valued at more than $1.1 million over the next three years.
Apio is a leading national producer of fresh-cut vegetable products for the United States and Canada under the Eat Smart® and GreenLine® brands.