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.
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