Frozen Food Manufacturer Expands Production Capacity, Creates New Jobs in Lebanon County
Governor Tom Wolf announced that Bonduelle USA, Inc., a French family business involved in the processing and marketing of canned and frozen vegetables in the United States, and an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Bonduelle US Holding Inc., will expand its operations. operations at its Lebanon County facility, investing at least $ 5 million in expansion and creating 35 new full-time jobs.
“This funding allows Bonduelle to pursue its mission of looking at the future of food while facing environmental challenges through responsible agricultural practices, while creating new jobs in the region,” said Governor Wolf. âMy administration is delighted to support Bonduelle as it continues to grow in Pennsylvania and provide upgrades that can meet consumer demand. “
Bonduelle packages frozen products for major private label brands and also markets vegetables under its own brands. The expansion will include the purchase of new machinery and equipment and the addition of two new frozen vegetable processing and packaging lines, increasing production from 45 million pounds to 75 million pounds per year by 2023. The expansion will also streamline operations and increase efficiency with the integration of new automated technology.
âBonduelle is delighted to be working with Governor Wolf’s office to expand our business in Pennsylvania and create new jobs in the Lebanese community in Pennsylvania,â said Jeremie Williams, director of packaging operations in the United States. âWe know there are many opportunities at the Lebanon plant and we look forward to continuing to see the site grow with new technologies and new people. Bonduelle is committed to building a better future through plant-based food, to nourishing future generations, and is committed to placing our people and our communities at the heart of our action.
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a Pennsylvania First grant of $ 70,000, a workforce development grant of $ 35,000 to help the company train workers and a $ 400,000 loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with companies planning to locate or expand in Pennsylvania.
Bonduelle is present in 100 countries, with 17 establishments in North America. The company’s mission is to inspire the transition to a plant-based diet to contribute to the well-being of people and the health of the planet and firmly believes that there is a model for our society, which cares as much of nature as of people. Faced with environmental challenges, Bonduelle considers that plant-based food is the solution to nourish people and respect nature while being unparalleled for the preservation of resources such as water, atmosphere and energy.