Governor Tom Wolf today announced that snack maker Shearer’s Foods has chosen to expand its business in Erie, creating dozens of new jobs, retaining hundreds of existing positions and injecting millions of dollars into the local economy .
âWe in Pennsylvania know our Commonwealth is the best place to live and do business, and Shearer’s decision to grow here in Erie is a testament to our high quality of life and friendly business climate,â said Governor Wolf said. âWe look forward to seeing the new opportunities presented to Northwestern Pennsylvania as Shearer’s expands, creates jobs and better serves its growing customer base. “
Shearer’s Foods, headquartered in Ohio, is a contract manufacturer and private label supplier of savory snacks, cookies and crackers at 11 production facilities in the United States and Canada. The company will expand its existing plant in Waterford, County Erie, to include a new product line for its snack food processing operation and add a bakery product line to meet increased product demand.
âWe are very excited about this high priority and strategic project and the opportunity to significantly expand our operations in Pennsylvania. We are also extremely grateful for the significant support and commitment from Governor Wolf, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Erie County Redevelopment Authority, âsaid Fritz Kohmann, Chief Financial Officer of Shearer. âOur Waterford operation has been a great success, thanks to the strength of our Waterford team members and, in large part, the support of the State and County.â
The company received a funding proposal from the Ministry of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for $ 1.75 million in funding from the Redevelopment Assistance Program (RACP) and a workforce development grant. $ 135,000 to help the company train workers. The company has pledged to invest approximately $ 27.5 million in construction, new equipment and infrastructure improvements, and to create at least 36 new food manufacturing jobs and retain 175 jobs.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with companies planning to locate or expand in Pennsylvania.
âShearer’s commitment to Erie through this expansion and the jobs provided is so important to our community,â said Tina Mengine, CEO, Erie County Redevelopment Authority. âThe Governor and his team have always been good partners in economic development and we appreciate their investment in Shearer’s just as much as we do for Shearer’s investment in Erie.
Shearer’s are known for producing organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and kosher savory snacks in a variety of flavors and sizes, including kettle-cooked potato chips, traditional potato chips, tortilla chips, popcorn, baked potato chips. , cheese shavings, a variety of based granules and extruded snacks, as well as a full line of national brand value equivalent cookies, crackers and wafers.