Investment representatives tour Pennsylvania; Business Development Mission to Turkey & Jordan; Administration announces new jobs in Lebanon County

Investment representatives met with DCED and Team PA officials during their recent tour of the state to learn more about investment opportunities.
Investment representatives met with DCED and Team PA officials during their recent tour of the state to learn more about investment opportunities.

Investment representatives tour Pennsylvania
A dozen foreign representatives recently toured Pennsylvania for two weeks to see what the state has to offer international investment prospects.

The representatives travel to Pennsylvania bi-annually to get information from state and regional economic development partners on investment opportunities around the commonwealth, which is supported by Team Pennsylvania Foundation along with its partners at the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Office of International Business Development.

The investment officials, who have numerous offices around the world, attended The World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) conference in Philadelphia then traveled to the Lehigh Valley, Hazelton, Lancaster, York and Harrisburg for development meetings. Following a luncheon program that was sponsored by Team PA, the reps were slated to head to Clearfield and Erie before finishing the week in Pittsburgh.

During the group’s stop in Harrisburg, Team PA President and CEO Laura Williams discussed the unique public/private partnership the Foundation has with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and added the Foundation works closely with the state to bring foreign direct investment here.

Also presenting at the Harrisburg luncheon were Michael Rossman, Director, Governor’s Action Team, and several regional economic development partners, including Foundation board member Pamela Shupp, Vice President, Greater Reading Economic Partnership, and Mike Ross, President, Franklin County Area Development Corporation.

Business Development Mission to Turkey & Jordan
Pennsylvania’s Center for Trade Development in partnership with Team PA invites you to join us on a business development mission to Turkey and Jordan – two commercial hubs at the “crossroads” of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Both markets present significant business opportunities for PA companies, yet both are also complex and sometimes difficult to navigate without in-market direction and guidance.

For more information or to register, visit here.

Administration announces new jobs in Lebanon County

Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett today joined Bell & Evans, a poultry processing and packaging company, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new plant that is expected to create 380 new jobs in Fredericksburg, Lebanon County.

“We are building a stronger Pennsylvania by partnering with companies like Bell & Evans who are creating 380 new jobs for the people of the region,” said Corbett.

Bell & Evans has purchased a 19.6 acre parcel of land and will construct a new 158,000-square-foot poultry processing and packaging plant in Bethel Township, Lebanon County. The company will invest more than $44 million in construction, new equipment and employee training. They have also committed to creating at least 380 new jobs and retaining 1,108 more positions over the next three years.

“This project is going to be a world-class, showplace of a processing plant that will produce the Bell & Evans brand of natural and organic poultry,” said Scott Sechler, Chairman and President, Sechler Family Foods, Inc., parent company of Farmers Pride Inc. and Bell & Evans. “Pennsylvania, Lebanon County, Bethel Township is the best place in the U.S.A. to do it.”


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