Lancaster IDA bakes deal for HC Brill
A specially crafted incentive package put together by the Town of Lancaster Industrial Development Agency has helped sway a food industry manufacturer to keep its local operation open instead of shifting it to New Jersey.
The Lancaster IDA, late Thursday afternoon, agreed to offer HC Brill Co. Inc. a five-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes package that when coupled with other local incentives convinced the Netherlands-based firm to keep its Walden Avenue operations open, sources said. The company employs 95 people in Lancaster.
HC Brill, which acquired the former Henry & Henry operations, wanted to close the plant and move it to other operations it has in New Jersey. The company makes jellies and fillings for doughnuts and other pastries. Clients include Krispy Kreme.
Last summer, HC Brill said it was going to close the Lancaster plant as a cost-cutting move.
Lancaster officials began working with the company on an economic incentive package aimed at keeping the long-standing plant open. The IDA package was considered a central part of the package. State and other local incentives for the project are still being worked on.