East Penn Manufacturing of Lyon Station, Berks County, is expanding.
The battery manufacturer will build a 458,000-square-foot manufacturing plant at a cost of $50 million to accommodate the company’s growth.
The expansion is expected to add 400 new jobs to the 6,000 the company already employs.
According to Gov. Tom Corbett, the company received a funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $500,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $800,000 in job creation tax credits, $180,000 in guaranteed free training and $5 million in a 10-year low-interest loan at 1.5 percent from the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority will provide a $6 million, 15-year low-interest loan at 1.5 percent to the Greater Berks Development Fund on behalf of East Penn.
"Cooperation from the commonwealth demonstrates a strong commitment by the state government toward making Pennsylvania an economic leader," Dan Langdon, president of East Penn, said in a statement. "The expansion of this facility will help us continue to create jobs in Pennsylvania. This support also has a positive impact on the community, our suppliers and the many customers we serve."