SUNBURY – More public funding is flowing into ongoing efforts to revitalize Sunbury’s former textile mill. State Senator John Gordner (R-27andBerwick) and State Representative Lynda Schelgel Culver (R-108andSunbury) announced $2.3 million in public funding on Friday to help two projects at the former factory.
The first was $1.5 million paid to the town of Sunbury, which applied on behalf of Fresh Roasted Coffee. These funds will enable the purchase of a new single-use coffee pod production machine, which will increase production from 90 to 300 pods per minute. It will also create 20 new jobs over the next three years and allow FRC to produce either Keurig-like hard cups or new K-Cup compatible compostable cups.
The second is $800,000 to DRIVE, on behalf of Sivana Converting, to renovate and upgrade the former factory to create modern manufacturing and office space. Sivana is the leading producer of hemp-based biodegradable plastic food containers. The project should create between 75 and 103 new jobs.
The two lawmakers claim that FRC and Sivana share the old mill and that FRC will use some of Sivana’s hemp products to produce and market single-use biodegradable coffee pods.