(HARRISBURG) – Two Sunbury-area projects were awarded grants through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108).
The first grant will be awarded to the City of Sunbury, which applied on behalf of Fresh Roasted Coffee (FRC), in the amount of $1,500,000. The funds will be used to help purchase a new single-serve coffee pod production machine, which will increase production from 90 to 300 pods per minute. This will lead to 20 new jobs created over the next 3 years and will allow FRC to produce either hard Keurig-type cups or new K-Cup compatible compostable cups.
“I want to congratulate both Fresh Roasted Coffee and Sivana Converting for their successful applications and fantastic projects,” said Senator Gordner. “This type of cutting-edge partnership can change the landscape of local manufacturing.”
The second successful application was submitted by DRIVE, on behalf of Sivana Converting, in the amount of $800,000. The funds will be used to renovate and upgrade the former Sunbury Textile Mill to create modern manufacturing space and offices. Sivana is the first producer of hemp-based biodegradable plastic food containers. When complete, the project is anticipated to create 75-103 new jobs.
“This is a great day for residents of the Sunbury area,” added Representative Culver. “Life-sustaining jobs will be coming to support many local families.”
Both applicants will be sharing the facility. Further, FRC will be utilizing some of Sivana’s hemp-based products to produce and market biodegradable single-serve coffee pods.
The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs.
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