Senator-elect Ward Applauds Blair County Job Creation Announcements

HARRISBURG – Construction of a new energy bar manufacturing facility in Allegheny Township in Blair County is expected to create 30 new jobs over the next three years, according to Senator-elect Judy Ward (R-30).

A $75,000 grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development to Kate’s Real Food was announced today to help finance the construction of a new 20,000-square-foot facility on Lamppost Lane, as well as the purchase of new machinery and equipment.

The Wyoming-based company produces six flavors of hand-rolled, organic energy bars. All six flavors will be produced at the new Allegheny Township facility. The expansion will allow the company to keep pace with the growing demand from consumers.

“Blair County has come a long way toward creating a stronger economy and a better job market for hard-working community residents, and this project is evidence of that,” Ward said. “I am extremely pleased that this expansion project will support new economic opportunities in the area, and I join local and statewide leaders in welcoming Kate’s Real Foods to the region.”

Additional funding for the project will be available for worker training and through future tax credits based on the number of jobs the project creates.

CONTACT:  Cheryl Schriner (717) 787-5490