Harrisburg — Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) today hailed the announcement that food manufacturer Terrafina LLC will be relocating its operations from New York City to East Stroudsburg, creating 120 new jobs in Monroe County.
Terrafina will purchase a 72,000-square-foot facility in East Stroudsburg. The project includes the purchase of the building, renovations, and the purchase of equipment, computers and furniture. The company will invest over $4.1 million into the project.
“One of my top priorities as a state lawmaker has been to foster job creation by improving the business climate in Pennsylvania,” said Scavello. “When a company such as Terrafina is looking to expand and chooses our region, it shows what can be done when those businesses feel welcome.”
Terrafina received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for $240,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs and $54,000 in WEDnetPA employee training funding. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $2,040,000 low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) to assist with building and equipment costs.
“We began working with Terrafina on their project in June and are so pleased they have chosen Monroe County for their expansion,” said Chuck Leonard, Pocono Mountain Economic Development Corporation Executive Director. “This project brings life back to a building that has been vacant for some time and will offer job opportunities for our residents. We look forward to continuing our work with them and welcome them to the community.”
Established in 2005, Terrafina manufactures a variety of health snack options under its own brands and under private labels. Its core business is blending nuts, dried fruits, and trail mixes, and offers a number of packaging options from tubs, bags, and displays to private, contract and bulk packaging.
“Strong communities across the 40th Senatorial District require access to good jobs, and a diverse economy that reflects the changing marketplace,” said Scavello. “We need to keep working to showcase Pennsylvania’s infrastructural potential and proximity to major markets while streamlining regulations and lowering the cost of doing business in Pennsylvania, so that employers can continue to operate here and businesses looking to relocate will bring their jobs here.”
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