400 manufacturing jobs headed to Berks County

Written by Tim Lambert and The Associated Press | May 2, 2013 4:38 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A manufacturer of high quality lead-acid batteries and accessories plans to expand its operations in Berks County and add 400 jobs.

East Penn Manufacturing says the expansion will support new growth in the industry.

The company will construct a new 458,000 square foot plant, at a cost of more than $50 million, to produce batteries that will accommodate the company’s growth. 

“Cooperation from the commonwealth demonstrates a strong commitment by the state government toward making Pennsylvania an economic leader," says company President Dan Langdon. "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."

The Corbett administration says it is offering taxpayers' money to help to finance the construction. The grants, reimbursements and tax credits total almost $1.5 million, plus $11 million in low-interest loans.

"East Penn is a successful and entrepreneurial manufacturing company investing locally, adding more than 400 sustainable jobs,” Edward J. Swoyer Jr., President of the Greater Berks Development Fund says. “I couldn’t think of a better investment that aligns with the goals of the state’s and the county’s economic development programs.”

East Penn, which has more than 6,000 workers in Pennsylvania, bills itself as a leading manufacturer of high quality lead-acid batteries and accessories for the automotive, commercial, marine, motive power, UPS, and telecommunication markets. 

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