MARTINSBURG – State Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) and Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon) toured Ritchey’s Dairy today to learn about how the business will use a Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan to expand storage capabilities.
Founded in 1940, Ritchey’s Dairy uses state-of-the-art machinery in its production of milk, ice cream and iced tea. The business is planning to expand by 7,663 square feet for additional dry and cold storage.
The project was awarded a $762,550, 10-year loan at a 2.5 percent reset rate through the Altoona-Blair County Development Corp.
“Ritchey’s Dairy has continued to innovate over its long history, starting with the home delivery routes that are still in service today and adapting to the wholesale market. This family-owned business is an important part of the community. It provides jobs not only for 52 people directly in its employment, but also indirectly throughout the supply chain,” Gregory said.
“Ritchey’s Dairy’s expansion demonstrates their commitment to Martinsburg and the region. I’m grateful the PIDA loan can help the Ritchey family grow the business and better position it for the future,” Ward said.
Andrew Ritchey, general manager, showed a video of the dairy production process and explained how the product lines have diversified over the years.
“We’re excited about this opportunity we have to grow our business with the help of this loan,” Ritchey said.
The expansion is under way with Reighard Construction of Roaring Spring.
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Representative Jim Gregory
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