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 home to more beverage manufacturing companies than any other Pennsylvania county.

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

By the Numbers
$43.3 Billion

2020 Gross Domestic Product

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City Center Lehigh Valley
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10.6% of Labor Force
Employed in Manufacturing

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Lehigh Valley Health Network
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$3.8 Billion

Exports in 2019

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Air Products
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Lehigh Valley Electricians
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$66,865

Median Household Income

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PPL Electric Utilities
By the Numbers
676,700

Population

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Olympus
By the Numbers
347,612

Labor Force

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26.6% of Labor Force
Employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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5,073

Technology Patents

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Mack Trucks
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UGI
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Magestic Realty Co
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NFI
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14% of the total community college degrees awarded in PA

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Wells Fargo
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$7.1 Billion

Manufacturing Contribution to GDP

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BB&T
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69th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by population

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Key Bank
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10,754 degrees awarded by Lehigh Valley colleges (2017-18 academic year)

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St. Lukes University Health Network
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82,270 employed in "Eds & Meds" sectors

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149,000

Population between ages 18 and 34

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