Parker applauds MDVA’s first dairy processing facility in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA, March 21 – State Rep. Darisha Parker, D-Phila., said that as a member of the Pa House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, she applauds the work Gov. Josh Shapiro and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding did to engage with the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association as it moved through the process of purchasing the HP Hood milk manufacturing plant in the city of Philadelphia.

MVDA announced that in addition to the purchase it will undertake an expansion project at the plant that will retain 178 existing jobs — 137 of them being union jobs — and increase production capabilities from 10 million gallons to 25 million gallons of milk annually.

“This is a huge opportunity for our community and our city, and further highlights what we already know — that agriculture is not broken down across urban and rural lines,” Parker said. “This purchase by MVDA will keep jobs in our city and strengthen the state’s economy. I see it as a win all the way around.”