A food-rich tradition that supports food and beverage innovators
Clarion County, Pennsylvania has a long tradition of producing food for our state and the nation, and we continue to offer rich agricultural resources to meet the appetites of hungry consumers and industry. Food processors and manufacturers can take advantage of impressive amounts of ag inputs, including corn, soybeans, wheat, fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, cattle, swine, and poultry — as well as abundant and affordable utilities, especially water and wastewater.
Add in our location within a one-day truck drive of more than 153 million hungry consumers who represent nearly half of the population of the United States and located midway between New York City and Chicago, and you’re assured of quick access to warehouses, distribution centers, cold storage facilities, and consumer markets within a single-day drive. We’re bisected by transcontinental Interstate 80, with north-south I-79 just to the west. In recent years, the farm-to-table trends have created a strong environment for organic and fresh-food producers, especially given our easy access to major consumer markets such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Philadelphia.
Our area’s residents have long been the people who made manufacturing facilities productive, operated farms, and harvested our abundant woodlands. Raised in an atmosphere where hard work is both expected and respected, their work ethic is second to none. Their knowledge is continually being sharpened by a wealth of education and training programs feeding directly into the workforce pipeline, with a focus on advancing skills in manufacturing, culinary arts, and other areas of study.