Lebanon-based Godshall’s Quality Meats, the third-largest turkey bacon brand in the U.S., is set to expand its operations with the acquisition of a processing plant in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, from the Clemens Food Group.

The Emmaus plant, a 53,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres of land, was previously operated by the Clemens Food Group until late 2022.

The terms of the purchase were not disclosed, but according to Lehigh County real estate records, the property at 4591 Colebrook Ave., Emmaus, was purchased in March for $4.5 million.

Godshall’s, an employee-owned company founded in 1945, now operates three production facilities and a centralized distribution center within a two-hour radius of Philadelphia.

“Our brand continues to grow in both retail and foodservice and the new addition of this facility allows us to continue expanding,” said Ron Godshall, president of Godshall’s Quality Meats, in a press release. “The Emmaus area has a large pool of experienced workers and we are eager to retain many for the Godshall’s team.”

The company, which recently doubled the size of its North Lebanon Township plant, intends to expand the Emmaus facility by adding new smokehouses, ovens, and packaging lines.

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The company noted that the acreage at the Emmaus plant also provides flexibility for future expansion.

“Growth of the Godshall’s brand has been spectacular over the past few years making it a leader in the turkey and beef bacon categories,” said Joel Nyce, a Godshall’s senior vice president, in the press release. “Nielsen data continues to show that Godshall’s leads the way in unit sales growth, brand loyalty, buying households growth and dollars spent per trip in both the Turkey Bacon and Beef Bacon categories.”

“Adding this facility will allow us to continue bringing new innovation to life similar to the all-natural Angus Beef and Turkey Sausages we launched earlier this year.”

The Emmaus plant is tentatively set to be operational by mid-2024.

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