Keurig Dr Pepper expanding to Allentown area
The vacant Kraft-Heinz facility in Upper Macungie Township is going to be put back to use soon.
The office of Gov. Tom Wolf announced over the weekend that Keurig Dr. Pepper is expanding its Pennsylvania operations to include the Lehigh County site and will be hiring 378 people for new, full-time positions.
The facility in the northeast part of the state, just outside Allentown, is to be about 1.5 million square feet and will include manufacturing and warehousing operations.
Keurig Dr. Pepper intends to spend about $220 million on the project. The company received incentives from the state including a $1.5 million Pennsylvania First grant, $170,000 for worker training and $1.1 million in job creation tax credits.
State warns visitors to York County locations of measles exposure risk
A second case of suspected measles has state health officials warning people who traveled to York County last week that they may have been exposed to the virus.
Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, in a news release, listed five locations where people may have been exposed, including a fitness center, a convenience store, to schools and a wellness center.
“To date, 14 cases of measles have been confirmed in Pennsylvania,” the news release stated. “More than 1,200 cases have been reported in the United States in 2019. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992.”
Deadly childcare center blaze leads to tightened rules
Administration and fire officials are stepping up standards for childcare facilities in the aftermath of a fire that led to the deaths of five children in Erie.
Citing the Aug. 11 blaze, Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller announced a series of moves designed to avoid such fires going forward. Among the steps being introduced are:
• fire safety checks at initial inspections, renewal inspections, unannounced inspections, and complaint inspections for childcare facilities.
• Giving DHS staff the ability to file fire safety complaints with the state Department of Labor & Industry or local officials.
• A public awareness campaign about fire safety efforts at childcare facilities.