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Two fruit growers get help to build new Adams County storage facility

Adams County is known, among other things, for the fruit that’s grown there.

And players in the county’s fruit industry have gotten a boost from financing secured through a regional economic development agency.

Two family-owned and family-operated fruit growers, Bear Mountain Orchards and Bream Orchards, have expanded their shared cold storage facility in Biglerville via state financing secured through the Adams County Economic Development Corp., it was announced.

Adams County, according to some rankings, is first in Pennsylvania in apple and peach production and also one of the leading counties nationally.

Bear and Bream have been in the fruit farming business since 1935. They joined forces to build the northern Adams County cold storage facility in 2009-10, officials said in a press release.

It was first utilized as a storage facility in 2011, and now has completed its first major expansion for 2016, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The companies declined to discuss costs or other details of the expansion. The Adams County EDC was a “conduit” for funds obtained from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, the spokeswoman said.

The joint facility is a solution to the lack of fresh fruit storage in Adams County, said Kaycee Kemper, the Adams County EDC’s vice president.

The loan is the 43nd facilitated by ACEDC to Adams County’s agricultural community since 1996. Agriculture is considered one of Adams County’s three main pillars of industry, along with tourism and manufacturing.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at doconnor@cpbj.com.

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