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AC Bakehouse to Open Operation in Carlisle

CUMBERLAND VALLEY, PA (March 12, 2018) – The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) approved two loans on February 7, 2018 totaling $900,000 for AC Bakehouse to expand its operation to Carlisle. This public investment leveraged a total investment of $1.7 million.

Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC), in partnership with Riverview Bank, assisted with the state loans that will allow for the purchase of machinery as well as the acquisition and renovation of their new facility (currently The Sentinel’s building on North Street).

AC Bakehouse currently has facilities in Camp Hill and Lancaster. The expansion in Carlisle will include retaining its 16 employees and creating 20 new full-time jobs within three years. The company began in 2004 to make pretzels for the fundraising industry and they now serve many industries in the Mid-Atlantic region with a variety of pretzel brands including Tonya’s Gluten-Free Kitchen, All Twisted Pretzel and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.

AC Bakehouse currently sells their products to Weis Markets, Ashley Farms, Sysco and more. They also offer gluten-free pretzels to distributors and stores, including Giant and Wegmans. The new location at 457 E. North Street, Carlisle will provide them the needed space to grow their product line.

“This expansion would not have been possible without the PIDA loan through CAEDC,” said Chris Sarago, AC Bakehouse owner. “CAEDC was so great to work with and kept the project moving through the loan process.”

This project fits in perfectly with Cumberland County’s Strategic Economic Development Plan implemented by CAEDC. Two focus areas from the strategic plan are food manufacturing and adaptive reuse. The AC Bakehouse project combines both and allows the Sentinel to grow and take advantage of a new location at the redeveloped Wheelhouse Property in Carlisle.

PIDA loans provide low-interest financing for land and building acquisition, renovations, machinery and equipment, working capital and energy-efficient projects. Applications for PIDA eligible projects in Cumberland County need to be submitted through CAEDC. Learn more here.

CAEDC is Cumberland County’s authorized agency charged with leveraging and promoting Cumberland Valley’s economic development and tourism assets to drive growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life. Offices are located at 53 W. South Street, Carlisle PA. For more information, visit www.cumberlandbusiness.com and www.visitcumberlandvalley.com.

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