CAN DO is continually looking to assist the food processing industries located in Greater Hazleton in any way possible. Recently, CAN DO assisted in a less traditional way when an opportunity arose for the organization to help a Greater Hazleton food processing company maintain its trailer parking location, which is a vital component of their business.
Bimbo Bakeries, which manufactures and distributes freshly made bread products from its Valmont Industrial Park facility, had been leasing additional land from a private developer, but wanted long-term assurance that the property would remain available for its trailer parking.
To assist Bimbo Bakeries, CAN DO purchased the 11-acre tract from the private owner and, in turn, leased the land directly to Bimbo, further stabilizing their operations.
CAN DO is always working to attract and retain food processing companies in the area. Greater Hazleton has benefited from the increase in food processing companies and the companies have benefitted from support, not only from CAN DO, but also from all other economic development partners which provide the infrastructure for a business to succeed.
The centralized location of Greater Hazleton continues to be a draw as well. “Our location here is ideal for our industry, especially considering the interstate highway system and the ease of reaching our customer base in high-population areas. We can distribute our products quickly to Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and other large areas, an important factor because we make fresh products,” Bimbo plant manager Dave Cole said.
Transportation isn’t the only thing keeping Bimbo Bakeries in Greater Hazleton. “The people in this area have a great work ethic. In particular, the people who work for us are very conscientious and care about what they do, which is critical in an operation that makes food,” Cole said.