Evolutionary Processing

Learn why some of the world’s most recognizable food and beverage producers choose to be in the Lehigh Valley in this short video about the economic assets for the industry in the region.

The food and beverage processing industry is in the midst of significant upheaval, and the Lehigh Valley has exactly the correct combination of economic assets to allow companies to take advantage of those changes.

Lehigh County is the home of more beverage manufacturing companies than any of the other 66 counties in the state of Pennsylvania.

As customer demands have changed, numerous new subsector opportunities have arisen in the food and beverage processing sector. The Lehigh Valley boasts a unique mix of assets to accommodate this fast-changing industry, including a central location with a well-developed transportation infrastructure, agricultural products for food processing, and the availability of water and sewer capacity lines.

An economic analysis by the Atlanta-based Garner Economics identified food & beverage processing as a target sector for the Lehigh Valley based on these factors, among others:

  • Central location and proximity to major U.S. Northeast markets
  • Well-developed transportation infrastructure
  • Strong existing local pool of high-demand occupations
  • Availability of agricultural products for food processing
  • Water and sewer capacity
  • Availability of water and sewer lines to industrial sites
  • 111 annual post-secondary completions in critical fields from local institutions
  • Presence of Lehigh University’s Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Local manufacturing sector exhibits a strong local competitive effect
  • Strong healthcare system
  • Quality of place assets: ample opportunities for cultural activities, recreation, shopping, restaurants, and sporting events

For more information, click here to download the full Garner-Economics report

 

 

Lehigh ValleyQuick Facts

  • Industry Spotlight

    13.8% of Labor Force
    Employed in Professional & Business Services
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    $39.1 Billion

    Gross Domestic Product
    2016

  • Investor Spotlight
    City Center Lehigh Valley
  • Industry Spotlight

    9.8% of Labor Force
    Employed in Manufacturing
    Q4 2016

  • By the Numbers
    $3.44 Billion

    Exports
    2015

  • Investor Spotlight
    Air Products
  • Industry Spotlight

    1,504 Total Office Buildings
    Q2 2017

  • By the Numbers
    $57,510

    Median Household Income

  • Investor Spotlight
    PPL Electric Utilities
  • Industry Spotlight

    1,770 Total Industrial Buildings
    Q2 2017

  • By the Numbers
    24,400

    New Jobs Created Over Past 5 Years

  • Investor Spotlight
    National Penn
  • Industry Spotlight

    5.0% Industrial
    Vacancy Rate
    Q2 2017

  • By the Numbers
    658,477

    Population

  • Investor Spotlight
    Olympus
  • Industry Spotlight

    7.7% Office
    Vacancy Rate
    Q2 2017

  • By the Numbers
    342,493

    Labor Force

  • Investor Spotlight
    Lutron Electronics
  • Industry Spotlight

    17.2% of Labor Force
    Employed in Health Care & Social Assistance

  • By the Numbers
    5,073

    Technology Patents from 2000-2015

  • Investor Spotlight
    Mack Trucks
  • Industry Spotlight

    9.1% Increase in exports
    Among top 20 markets nationally in export growth

  • By the Numbers
    25.8 Million

    Total Office Inventory (Square Feet)
    Q2 2017

  • Investor Spotlight
    UGI
  • Industry Spotlight

    10.1% Industrial rent growth
    Second highest in the U.S.

  • By the Numbers
    115.5 Million

    Total Industrial Inventory (Square Feet)
    Q2 2017

  • Investor Spotlight
    NFI