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County food manufacturing industry tastes success

October 01, 2019 / The Gettysburg Times

Adams County’s food manufacturing industry, which produced $300 million in GDP for Adams County in 2018, is one of the shining facets within the county’s manufacturing industry-being recognized during this week’s National Manufacturing Week, ending with Friday’s National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 4. We often refer to Adams County’s three main industries as our pillars of industry-agriculture, manufacturing and tourism, said Robin Fitzpatrick, Adams Economic Alliance President. The food manufacturing industry is unique in that it blends both the manufacturing and agriculture sectors. And Adams County’s multi-million dollar fruit belt industry is all thanks to geography-South Mountain’s well-draining soils, topography and unique climate. The food manufacturing sector employs nearly 3,000 people in Adams County who earn an average annual salary of $44,104. That’s according to the most current data, from the second quarter of 2019.