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$1.4 MILLION GRANT TO ASSIST WISE FOODS IN COLUMBIA COUNTY

 HARRISBURG, Pa., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Robert P. Casey today announced a $1.4 million state infrastructure grant that will enable Wise Foods to begin a major expansion project at its Berwick plant in Columbia County.
 The project is expected to create 150 jobs over the next three years.
 The grant, funded from the state Commerce Department's Business Infrastructure Development (BID) program, will be used by the Berwick Municipal Authority to serve the snack food manufacturer, which is a subsidiary Borden Inc.
 "The state's investment will enable Berwick to expand its wastewater treatment system to accommodate Wise Foods' planned expansion," Casey said. "We're using our infrastructure programs to help communities overcome obstacles to new business expansions and create new jobs and opportunities."
 The BID grant will be used to increase the capacity at the Berwick Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant by diverting the surface water flows of Thompson's Run out of the sanitary sewage system and into a suitable drainage facility.
 The state Department of Environmental Resources has contributed $120,000 in engineering costs and the state Department of General Services is providing $1 million for construction.
 The total cost of the project is $4.8 million.
 BID grants may be used by municipalities on behalf of industrial firms to acquire land and construct access roads, water and sewer treatment facilities, storm drainage systems and rail and port facilities.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis V. Curtin of the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce, 717-783-1132/


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