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New water bottling plant to create 49 jobs

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Ice River Springs Water Co. Inc is locating its new bottling and manufacturing facility in the Lehigh Valley, creating 49 new jobs.

Ice River Springs, with facilities in seven locations in the United States and Canada, will lease an existing 100,000-square-foot facility in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, with an option to purchase after one year.

According to Gov. Tom Corbett, the company will invest $21 million in leasehold improvements, new equipment and employee training – and has committed to creating at least 49 new jobs within the next three years.

“Pennsylvania is a great location for our business; it has access to key markets for us, allowing us to locate closer to our customers," said Executive Vice President Sandy Gott.

"The Allentown plant will help us reduce costs, fuel and emissions; we are looking forward to building the Ice River Spring Water workforce in Pennsylvania."

The company received a $220,050 funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $100,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $98,000 in guaranteed free training, and $22,050 in WEDnet Training.

The project was coordinated by the Governor's Action Team, or GAT, a group of economic development professionals who work directly with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. GAT worked with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. to support Ice River Spring's relocation project.

The Lehigh Valley plant will be the company's first operation in Pennsylvania. Ice River Springs also manufactures the bottles and caps used in the operation, and uses recycled plastic for 50 percent of its bottles.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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