Road improvements will support local expansion of Joy Cone

HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) – A nearly $ 2 million project is on track to help both the Hermitage drivers and the Joy Cone company. It is for the improvement of the roads on Lamor Road and State Route 18.

The goal is to support the expansion of the company which manufactures ice cream cones and other products.

Joy Cone has been a staple in the area for over 100 years, making products you commonly see in your grocery store. They are now looking to develop their brand.

“But with the increase in our business, which is great, you have increased the truck traffic,” said David George, CEO of Joy Cone.

The factory is on Lamor Road, which is in a residential area. The increased flow of trucks means more traffic.

“During shift changes and when trucks arrive, our neighbors can be stranded going up and down Lamor Road. So it’s a real nuisance and it’s also a little safety issue, ”said George.

Pennsylvania will invest $ 1.73 million to improve Lamor Road and State Route 18, which will help both Joy Cone and residential travel.

This is something the company has wanted for a few years.

“There is poor drainage – stormwater management is problematic,” said George.

From now on, Joy Cone will be able to continue its expansion.

The investment will help create 90 new jobs for the plant and over the next few years they hope to add even more.

“But we have to expand our cookie factory and put in another oven and obviously be ready to run that,” George said.

This is just one step the company hopes will make Joy Cone last another 100 years.

“We have had 100 great years and we still think long term. So we’re doing things now to put things in place for another hundred years, ”said George.

The Hermitage Council of Commissioners recently approved a 200,000 foot addition for the Joy Cone Company.