US agricultural cooperative Ocean Spray has started construction on a $110m juice bottling plant in the Upper Macungie Township of Pennsylvania.
The 29,270m² facility will be constructed on a 44-acre site purchased by the company in Lehigh County and will bottle both Ocean Spray juices as well as Nestle's Juicy Juice products, producing over 32 million cases of beverages every year.
According to Ocean Spray, construction is scheduled for completion in autumn 2013.
As part of the company's proposal to minimise its environmental impact, it plans to pursue a Gold LEED certification for the building.
Ocean Spray said that it will ensure that it is using environmentally-friendly methods and materials to manage construction waste and build the facility, which will enable the company to conserve energy through efficiencies and building designs such as a planned heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
The new facility is expected to replace the ageing plant in Bordentown, New Jersey, US.
Lower utility and transportation costs, as well as better access to infrastructure and the supply chain are reasons for Ocean Spray's move to Pennsylvania, instead of renovating the Bordentown plant, the company said.
The project was coordinated by the Governor's Action Team (GAT), which worked with Team Pennsylvania Foundation and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) to bring Ocean Spray to Pennsylvania.