Ocean Spray opens doors to new plant

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(Photo courtesy of Ocean Spray)  Ocean Spray Cranberries officially opens their Lehigh Valley Beverage Facility Tuesday with a grand opening ceremony in Breinigsville. On hand for the ribbon cutting were (second from left) Peter P. Dhillon, chairman of the board, Ocean Spray; C. Alan Walker, Pa. Secretary of Department of Community and Economic Development; Randy C. Papadellis, Ocean Spray president and CEO; Erich A. Fritz, vice president of engineering and new technologies, Ocean Spray; Tim Haggerty, Lehigh Valley plant director, Ocean Spray, as well as the cooperative's well-known characters from the TV commercials (holding the ribbon at both ends).
(Photo courtesy of Ocean Spray) Ocean Spray Cranberries officially opens their Lehigh Valley Beverage Facility Tuesday with a grand opening ceremony in Breinigsville. On hand for the ribbon cutting were (second from left) Peter P. Dhillon, chairman of the board, Ocean Spray; C. Alan Walker, Pa. Secretary of Department of Community and Economic Development; Randy C. Papadellis, Ocean Spray president and CEO; Erich A. Fritz, vice president of engineering and new technologies, Ocean Spray; Tim Haggerty, Lehigh Valley plant director, Ocean Spray, as well as the cooperative's well-known characters from the TV commercials (holding the ribbon at both ends).

Ocean Spray joined Lehigh Valley's growing food and beverage manufacturing sector by officially marking the grand opening Tuesday of its Breinigsville facility in Upper Macungie Township.

The $100 million facility will serve as a bottling production plant for the juice and dried fruit manufacturer, with production in full gear by summer.

At the corner of Boulder Drive and Schantz Road near Route 100, the nearly 300,000-square-foot site is in a prime spot for access to major highways, according to officials.

The new facility could bring about 180 jobs and will ship about 30 million cases of product each year, said Erich A. Fritz, vice president of engineering and new technologies for Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., headquartered in Lakeville-Middleboro, Mass.

The plant will produce the namesake Ocean Spray juice in 10-ounce- to gallon-size bottles and also serve as a packaging plant for Juicy Juice for Nestle Waters, which has two nearby locations.

Ocean Spray has more than 700 cranberry growers, more than 35 grapefruit growers and more than 2,000 employees globally.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it. Brian also has a strong interest in health and fitness. He works part-time as a personal trainer at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem and earned his personal fitness trainer certification from World Instructor Training Schools. He loves to run and will be competing in his first half-marathon on Nov. 23 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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