The Cumberland County Improvement Authority has been awarded a $2.5 million grant for construction of a Food Commercialization Center in Bridgeton, U.S. Representative Frank Lobiondo R-2nd announced Thursday.

The grant, acquired through the U.S. Economic Development Administration, will be used toward the construction of a 27,000-square-foot, multi-tenant facility at the Florida Avenue Industrial Park for industrial food processing, shipping and administration. The facility is expected to create 190 agriculture and food-processing jobs. The total project will cost $9.2 million, according to a statement from LoBiondo.

“Capitalizing on our region’s natural strengths and the success of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, the development of a Food Commercialization Center in Bridgeton will create local jobs, encourage additional private investment and grow the local economy,” LoBiondo said.

The Rutgers Food Innovation Center first discussed the plan earlier this year, in an effort to increase manufacturing jobs in South Jersey.

In June, Lobiondo sent a letter of support for the project to U.S. Economic Regional Director Linda Cruz-Carnall during the pre-application process.

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