Waterford Businesses Prepare for Economic Boom

June 24, 2014 - Many Waterford business owners are ecstatic about KLN Family Brands coming to the area. They say it could give the township and a better part of the region an economic boost.

A Monday evening vote paves the way for KLN Family Brands to move forward with their water line and expansion projects at the old Troyer Farms plant. And on Tuesday, the Waterford business community is buzzing.

Alton Wethil has owned Al's Appliance Sales and Service in Waterford for more than 50 years. He says he is looking forward to KLN making Waterford its permanent home and potentially lending a hand to his business. "It'll help my business and if I get more people working here they can afford to buy stuff," Wethil said.

KLN Family Brands plans to bring an estimated 25 to 30 people on board in July, then in October officials are eyeing 125 more hires. It's something Kelly Dregala of Jake's On the Park Restaurant says could be a revival to the township and an opportunity to many. "It'll be really great for whole community as far as jobs which are desperately needed by a lot of people," Dregala said.

And some business owners here in Waterford say they're already experiencing the positive effects from early construction at the KLN Family Brands plant. Bill Lavery of Lavery's Convenient Store says he looks forward to a potential economic boom from the family owned snack plant.

KLN will officially begin operating on July 7 starting with chips and eventually expand to other products.

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