- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

BREINIGSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Kraft Heinz says it will reimburse Pennsylvania for $200,000 the state chipped in two years ago to help expand a Lehigh Valley plant that’s set to close.

The Morning Call reports (https://bit.ly/1W4b8dZ ) the company is giving the money back following a request by the state Department of Community and Economic Development. The agency administered the grant and officials say its stipulations required the Upper Macungie Township plant to remain in operation for at least seven years.

The $35 million expansion was expected to create at least 45 jobs and add four production lines for single-serve coffee-making equipment.

The company announced in November it’s shuttering the facility and six others in the U.S. and Canada over two years. The move is part of a downsizing that will cut 2,600 jobs.

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Information from: The Morning Call, https://www.mcall.com

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