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April 10, 2015

Nebraska food processor opening Chesco facility

Universal Pasteurization Company is investing $10.8 million to establish a facility in East Whiteland Township

Chester County Business
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Universal Pasteurization Company, a Nebraska-based food processor, is opening a facility in East Whiteland Township.

A Nebraska food processor plans to invest $10.8 million to establish a facility in East Whiteland Township, a move that will create at least 51 jobs in Chester County.

Universal Pasteurization Company, a provider of high-pressure processing and cold storage services to domestic food manufacturers, agreed to lease a 170,000 square-foot facility. 

The company received $102,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits and a $22,950 WEDnetPA grant to train its workforce as part of a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Growth. 

Gov. Tom Wolf announced the plans Tuesday. His Action Team coordinated the project in collaboration with the Chester County Economic Development Council.

Melanie Galloway, Universal Pasteurization chief executive director, said the company is excited to grow its business in Pennsylvania. Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, Universal Pasteurization also has locations in Villa Rica, Georgia, and Coppell, Texas.

“The Chester County Economic Development Council has made this a very smooth journey for us and we are very grateful," Galloway said in a statement. "We look forward to providing a solution for our customers in the northeast, as well as providing jobs and opportunities for the people in Chester County.”