HARRISBURG – Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam) today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has awarded a grant of $470,076 to Rutter’s Dairy in Manchester Township for the purchase and installation of new equipment at the Rutter’s Dairy processing facility.
The grant will help fund the acquisition of a new N-8 paper 8-oz. filling machine to form, fill and seal 8-oz. milk cartons at a rate of 300 cartons per minute. This new equipment will increase Rutter’s 8-oz. capacity by 50%, which will allow for 12,000 gallons of milk per week. These 8-oz. cartons will be sold to schools, hospitals and other institutions.
“Agriculture is the backbone of Pennsylvania’s economy, and the dairy industry is a crucial part of it,” said Gillespie. “Pennsylvania’s dairy industry has been struggling for some time, and I’m very happy to see the CFA’s continued commitment to supporting our local dairy farmers.”
The total cost of the project is $1,121,337. Rutter’s will provide $651,261 in matching funds. The CFA Dairy Investment Program funds came from a reallocation of funds from the CFA First Industries loan program. A total of $5 million was reallocated to the Dairy Investment Program as part of the enactment of the 2019-20 budget and companion Fiscal Code bill.
Representative Keith Gillespie
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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