Longietti: $50,000 grant to expand local dairy operations

HERMITAGE, Jan. 22 – A longstanding Mercer County business will be expanding its operations thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti said the grant to Canon Dairy under the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program will allow the fifth-generation family business to perform processing operations on-site, rather than sending them to outside entities, and to launch a new business – Canon Creamery – to expand its product line.  

“Canon Dairy is a longtime, successful family business that has been a productive part of our community for generations,” Longietti said. “Until now, the dairy has sold its milk to an outside processing plant. The funding announced today will allow Canon to purchase the necessary equipment to process and bottle its own milk, allowing it to realize a greater profit. The dairy will also purchase equipment to operate a creamery, which will produce butter and cheeses.

“Funding that allows this successful Mercer County business to keep more of its operations right here in our community while expanding its product line is a terrific investment and one that will yield returns, not just for this successful business, but for our local economy. I’m looking forward to seeing their progress in the months and years ahead.”

Longietti said the grant will allow the dairy to purchase and install pasteurization, bottling and cheesemaking equipment, including a 200-gallon vat pasteurizer, milk bottler, 10-gallon butter churn, multi-basin wash station and packaging table.

The total project cost is $64,780. The dairy will provide $14,780 in matching funds.

The PDIP is administered jointly by the state Department of Community and Economic Development and the state Department of Agriculture under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The program supports the Pennsylvania dairy industry through research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing.