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KLN Chip Plant on Track to Launch Operations

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KLN Family Brands/ Barrel O' Fun, the Waterford snack plant, is making progress to launch in just a couple of weeks.

The company's general manager, Brian Garlick, says that things are going smoothly for the initial mid-July launch. The plant will start off using well water, and they expect to receive the official word of approval from Pennsylvania DEP for those wells on Thursday.

Waterford Township supervisors did announce at their Wednesday night meeting that KLN needs a few more permits cleared with the Erie County Conservation District in order to move forward with their water and sewer pipeline construction project - a project that was jeopardized, then approved with some controversy. The plant needs the extension of public water and sewer lines to run at full scale when they outgrow the well water source.

"Some of their applications for permits were insufficient. They have so many days to adjust their permit and reapply, and I expect things to go very well," said Bruce Coffin, chairman of the townships supervisors.

Mercyhurst University's archeological dig for the pipeline did not unearth any items of historical value, but KLN is also waiting on the final signature of approval from the state before construction can officially begin.

On Monday, KLN will test equipment like the fryer and potato slicer, running chip-making gear in the facility for the first time since Troyer Farms closed.

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