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While coconut fiber needed for production is imported
from Sri Lanka, East Coast Erosion Control makes it a point to
purchase the approximately 8,000 tons of straw it uses each year
at its Berks County manufacturing facility from local farmers.
Farmers typically deliver the straw to the East Coast production
facility, as needed.

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"We source as much locally as we can," (Hitt) Smith said.
"We've formed a good relationship with local farmers and we're
happy to support Berks County."
The current expansion at the Upper Tulpehocken site
includes increasing the amount of straw storage, (Hitt) Smith
shared. The company also is adding on space to its production
facility to accommodate another manufacturing machine, which
is expected to arrive by August.
"We're in the middle of a large expansion here," (Hitt) Smith
said.

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Company Affected by Recession,
Looked to Diversification
While the company had experienced a strong start, demand
in the United States for East Coast's erosion blankets dropped
off sharply following the 2008 financial crisis. Management
took the bold step of expanding the company's production
to include wattle - a sediment control device - in addition to
erosion blankets. The company also began looking for additional
international customers.
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