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Dog food manufacturer to bring 100 jobs to the Lehigh Valley

Breuer Premium Pet Food will be locating manufacturing operations at 7520 Morris Court in Upper Macungie Township to make its Spot & Tango line of dog food. PHOTO/FILE –

More than 100 manufacturing jobs are heading to the Lehigh Valley starting this summer. 

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced today that pet health and wellness company Spot & Tango has selected Pennsylvania as the location of a manufacturing facility  

Landmark Commercial Realty announced in February that it had leased a 66,700-square-foot facility to Breuer Premium Pet Food, a Bedford, New York-based premium pet food company, but few details were released on the plans for the building at 7520 Morris Court in Upper Macungie Township. 

Breuer is the company that makes the Spot & Tango line of pet food. 

This project, which will allow the company to insource a portion of its product manufacturing, includes leasehold improvements, equipment acquisition, and training. Spot & Tango anticipates the facility being operational this summer. 

 “We explored a variety of locations throughout the Northeast and selected the Lehigh valley due to its close proximity to major metropolitan centers, infrastructure and talent pool. We are looking forward to working with the governor’s office, local leaders and building a long-term relationship with the community” said Russell Breuer, CEO and founder of the company. 

 The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $288,000 Pennsylvania First grant, a $150,000 workforce development grant to help the company train workers and was encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program. Spot & Tango has committed to investing approximately $20 million into the project and creating at least 96 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. 

 “Spot & Tango is the latest entry to the fast-growing food, beverage and pet food production market in the Lehigh Valley,” said Don Cunningham, president & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). “Animal and people food, along with beverages, is one of the fastest growing sectors of Lehigh Valley manufacturing. We are thrilled about this exciting new brand of pet food finding a home here in Lehigh Valley.” 

Founded in 2018, Spot & Tango is a personalized pet health and wellness company that is focused on providing dogs with the highest quality, human-grade meals excluding artificial additives, fillers, and inexpensive preservatives. The company delivers its products to 48 states within the U.S. 

 

Pennsylvania receiving $1.6B in federal infrastructure funding for bridge repair

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg meets with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to announce $1.6 billion in bridge repair funds the state will receive from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law program. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was in Pennsylvania Friday to announce that the state is set to receive $1.6 million in federal funding towards bridge repair projects. 

The funding comes from the recent passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It will help fix more than 3,000 bridges in the state. 

“This is a historic investment for Pennsylvania, and for our nation,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. “Strong infrastructure is critical to the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians, especially strong, safe bridges. Bridges are the lifelines that connect our communities to one another, while modern, reliable infrastructure is essential for Pennsylvania-based businesses to expand.”

The program represents the largest investment ever made in fixing bridges, he said. 

Pennsylvania is poised to receive an estimated total $4 billion in new federal highway and bridge dollars over five years, including the $1.6 billion from a new bridge program established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

“The passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is the largest federal infrastructure investment in decades, and the largest ever investment for bridges specifically,” said Acting Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration Mike Keiser. “PennDOT – along with our partners – are ready to put these dollars to good use in meaningful projects all over the state.” 

He said Pennsylvania has one of the largest state-maintained highway and bridge networks in the nation, with nearly 40,000 miles of roadway and over 25,400 bridges maintained by PennDOT. That number grows to approximately 120,000 miles of roadway and 32,000 bridges when considering the state and local networks. 

All totaled, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law program is dedicating $26.5 billion to states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico over the five years of the law and $825 million for Tribal transportation facilities.  

The amount that will be available to states in Fiscal Year 2022 is $5.3 billion along with the $165 million for tribes.  

“Modernizing America’s bridges will help improve safety, support economic growth and make people’s lives better in every part of the country – in rural, suburban, city, and tribal communities,” said Sec. Buttigieg. 

Nationwide, the Bridge Funding Program is expected to help repair approximately 15,000 bridges. In addition to providing funds to states to replace, rehabilitate, preserve, protect, and construct highway bridges, the Bridge Formula Program has dedicated funding for Tribal transportation facility bridges as well as “off-system” bridges, locally owned facilities which are those not on the federal-aid highway system. 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes an incentive for states to direct the new Bridge Formula Program funds to off-system bridges owned by a county, city, town or other local agency. While states normally must match federal funding with up to 20% state or local funding, the guidance issued today notes that federal funds can be used for 100% of the cost of repairing or rehabilitating such locally owned off-system bridges. 

Gov. Wolf visits Easton to highlight state funding of revitalization efforts

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks at the Black Diamond Silk Mill in Easton. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was in the Lehigh Valley today to highlight the investments in several economic development projects that are revitalizing formerly vacant and blighted properties. 

The governor was joined by Easton Mayor Sal Panto and other local officials at the Mill at Easton, a former industrial site that has undergone significant redevelopment. 

Easton was awarded a $1 million grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Industrial Sites Reuse Program as well as a $153,382 DCED ISRP assessment grant for remediation work at the 3.9-acre Black Diamond Silk Mill. 

The city is working with PIRHL Developers LLC, Stewart Silk Mill Redevelopment Partners and Easton Area Neighborhood Center on the project. 

It includes a 55-unit affordable housing complex, complementary community center, and a playground and is nearly complete. 

 A second phase, which is being developed by Stewart Silk Mill Redevelopment Partners Tim Harrison and the Robinson Family, is being marketed for mixed-uses, including retail and medical offices/urgent care clinic.  

The second phased was awarded a $2 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant. 

The Silk Mill project was also awarded $13 million in Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency grants, including $1 million in Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund funding and federal low-income housing tax credits generating approximately $12 million in equity, as well as $25,000 from the Northampton County Affordable Housing Program.  

The site is within a DCED Keystone Opportunity Zone and the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance program.   

“Like many communities across Pennsylvania, the City of Easton is working hard to transform unused spaces into thriving developments. Thanks to significant state investments, these projects create jobs, clean up environmental hazards and, once completed, will make the city an even better place to live, work, shop and enjoy,” Gov. Wolf said. “I’m pleased to visit the city to highlight some of the important economic development projects that are underway.”   

Other projects in the city that have recently received state funding include: 

The former Eastern Iron & Metal Site at1100 Bushkill Drive. The city was awarded a $981,000 ISRP grant and a $100,000 Blight Remediation Program grant for demolition and environmental remediation of the former limestone quarry and scrapyard/metal recycling facility.   

The parking Garage at 185 S. Third St. The city was awarded a $2.25 million RACP grant for this project. The former vacant lot is being rehabilitated into a mixed-use development with 256 residential units, 20,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, a two-screen cinema and a 180-space podium parking garage. 

The Commodore of Easton at Northampton Street and Larry Holmes Drive. The city was awarded a $3 million RACP grant and a $500,000 Neighborhood Assistance Program Enterprize Zone Tax Credit. The former blighted building is being rehabilitated into a mixed-use facility, including apartments, office space, retail spaces and a restaurant.    

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