Economic Development News
Friday, August 10 2018
Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to construct a coal cleaning plant accessible by a new rail line in Shade Township, Somerset County.
“I am pleased to announce this funding, which will help keep Pennsylvania miners working and Pennsylvania mines producing the high-quality, low-emitting metallurgical coal that helped build America’s cities and continues to fuel advanced manufacturing both here and around the world,” said Governor Wolf.
Governor Wolf Announces AmerisourceBergen Selects Pennsylvania for Expansion of National Headquarters, Adding More Than 550 New Jobs
Friday, June 08 2018
Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf announced that AmerisourceBergen, a global health care solutions provider, has selected Pennsylvania as the location to expand its national headquarters, a move that is expected to create more than 550 new family-sustaining jobs in Montgomery County where the expansion will take place.
“This project is so significant not just because one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical distributors is expanding its headquarters here, but because of the magnitude of that expansion,” Governor Wolf said. “This expansion will create more than 550 jobs in IT, management, accounting, and human resources that will provide family-sustaining wages to so many workers in the region and bring a significant boost to the regional economy. Opportunities like this are rare, so to have AmerisourceBergen commit to Pennsylvania for its future growth is truly exciting news. I applaud AmerisourceBergen and welcome them to many more years of success here in the commonwealth.”
Governor Wolf Announces Acutec Precision Aerospace to Invest in Meadville Through Facility Expansion, Creating 60 Jobs
Tuesday, June 05 2018
Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf announced that Acutec Precision Aerospace (Acutec), Inc., a woman-owned manufacturer of components and subassemblies for the aerospace industry that has been located in Crawford County for more than thirty years, will further invest in the city of Meadville by expanding its aerospace manufacturing facility located in the city and creating 60 new manufacturing jobs.
“The decision by a high-tech manufacturer like Acutec Precision Aerospace to grow its workforce here in Pennsylvania shows that the industry recognizes the quality of our workers,” Governor Wolf said. “Acutec has a decades-long history in Crawford County, and I applaud their decision to stay here and grow in the years ahead. This is great news for workers in the area, great news for Acutec, and great news for Pennsylvania.”
Thursday, October 12 2017
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $30 million to support 35 projects in 15 states under the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2017) initiative. The funding will assist locally-driven efforts to communities and regions severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development and re-employment opportunities.
Tuesday, September 20 2016
Reading, PA -- Governor Tom Wolf joined Senator Judy Schwank and Representative Barry Jozwiak to announce $2.5 million in funding to support the redevelopment of a 155-acre industrial park located adjacent to the Reading Airport. When complete, the project is expected to create 500 to 600 new, full-time jobs.
“It is our job to set the table for businesses to be able to make the investments necessary to provide jobs to people in communities just like this one,” Governor Wolf said. “This investment will help to rebuild distressed brownfield and former military facility and turn it into a hub for jobs in a number of different industries.”
The Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program (RACP) funds will help the Berks County Industrial Development Authority (BCIDA) support the $7 million cost of infrastructure improvements still awaiting completion at the site along Aviation Road, approximately one mile from the City of Reading. The total project cost is $13.3 million.
Wednesday, September 14 2016
Lehigh Valley, PA -- A steel fabricator in the Lehigh Valley is expanding thanks in part to financing the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) helped them secure this month.
Michelman Steel Enterprises was awarded a $1.75 million Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loan to acquire and renovate a 71,150 square-foot manufacturing facility in Bethlehem.
Since coming to the Lehigh Valley in 2012, Michelman Steel has operated out of its Upper Macungie Township location, which includes about 26,000 square-feet of operating space and about 1,200 square-feet of office space.
Governor Wolf Announces 78 New Jobs with Relocation of Cumberland Valley Analytical Services Facility in Franklin County
Wednesday, August 17 2016
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced that Cumberland Valley Analytical Services (CVAS), a chemistry forage lab serving the dairy industry, will relocate its operations from Maryland to a renovated facility in Washington Township, Franklin County. The move will create 78 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.
“Cumberland Valley Analytical Services chose to relocate its operations to Pennsylvania for several important reasons, including our business-friendly climate, our strong agricultural focus, and the value we place on industry’s benefits to the local economy,” Governor Wolf said. “It’s with great pleasure that we welcome this family-owned and managed business to the commonwealth. The services it provides help support our dairy sector and promote a safe food supply for our residents.”
Thursday, July 28 2016
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced that Amazon will expand its presence in Pennsylvania and has committed to the creation of at least 5,000 new, full-time jobs statewide.
“Pennsylvania’s strategic location, as well as its skilled workforce, continue to be extremely valued assets to companies large and small,” Governor Wolf said. “Amazon, a worldwide logistics leader, has chosen Pennsylvania to further support its ‘Prime’ initiative creating 5,000 new jobs across the state.”
Amazon will expand its fulfillment and distribution operations in Pennsylvania at multiple new sites throughout the commonwealth, marking the first with a recent lease agreement in Palmer Township, Northampton County.
Tuesday, April 26 2016
Harrisburg, PA -- Governor Tom Wolf announced that SalonCentric, Inc., a nationwide provider of wholesale cosmetic and beauty products for licensed beauticians, will expand operations at its existing facility in East Manchester Township, York County, a move that will create 45 new jobs over the next three years.
“SalonCentric has proven to be a strong partner and employer in the York region and once again they are growing and hiring even more Pennsylvania residents,” Governor Wolf said. “I am pleased that we can be a part of a project that promises such positive impacts.”
Tuesday, March 29 2016
By Colin McEvoy
This column, written by LVEDC President and CEO Don Cunningham, originally appeared in Lehigh Valley Business on October 19, 2015.
The recent announcement of Japanese medical device manufacturer Nihon Kohden opening a technical and product support location in the Lehigh Valley is part of a trend of international investment in the Lehigh Valley.
Nihon Kohden will create 27 new jobs in a 7,000 sq. ft. facility in South Whitehall Township. As a stand-alone development that is modest job creation but Nihon Kohden is part of a recent wave of businesses based in other countries to find their way to the region.
Thursday, January 07 2016
Implosion of Original Structure Paves Way for New Span
Pittsburgh, PA -- Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, consulting, planning, technical and professional services, is serving as the primary construction management and inspection services firm for the $17.5-million project to replace the former Greenfield Bridge in Pittsburgh. The City of Pittsburgh closed the 462-foot structure to all traffic in October 2015. Michael Baker then oversaw construction activities that included the implosion, demolition and removal of the bridge last month, clearing the way for development of a new span that will sit above I-376/Parkway East.
“Throughout its history, Michael Baker International has played a key role in the redevelopment of our nation’s roads, bridges and airports,” said David Martin, P.E., senior vice president and Pittsburgh office executive for Michael Baker International. “The Greenfield Bridge is a critical artery in the city of Pittsburgh, and its implosion marks a new chapter for this historic span. Michael Baker is proud to be part of the team that will build a new bridge.”
Two Michael Baker International Transportation Projects Among Finalists for Top National Award from AASHTO
Monday, August 31 2015
Nominees Include Bridge in Kentucky, Interchange in Utah
“Michael Baker International engineered a measurable and positive impact on the daily commutes of tens of thousands of people with both the Milton-Madison Bridge and the I-15 southern freeway interchange in Utah. In both cases, we have developed innovative, time- and cost-efficient solutions to very meaningful transportation infrastructure challenges,” said Kurt Bergman, CEO of Michael Baker International. “Our full continuum of innovative solutions, our global reach and our local focus enable our collaborative teams to produce industry-leading results, and we’re proud to join our partners in earning this nomination.”
Bimbo Bakeries USA/Lehigh Orograin Bakery LEEDŽ Gold-Certified with Design and Construction by The Austin Company
Tuesday, March 31 2015
The design-build bakery facility project’s LEED® Gold certification is a first for Bimbo Bakeries USA.
Lehigh Valley, PA -- The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com), an international design and construction firm, is pleased to announce Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) first LEED® Gold-certified bakery facility, located in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.
The Austin Company has successfully completed multiple bakery projects for BBU and once again partnered with BBU to deliver complete design-build services for this new facility.
The 231,000 SF commercial baking facility includes Austin’s engineering and construction of the bakery and ingredients processing area, receiving and shipping facilities, packaging and warehouse areas, office and employee facilities, and other support areas.
The new facility features multiple production lines, utilizing some of the most efficient baking equipment available.
The facility was designed and constructed to support BBU’s vision for environmental sustainability and achieve LEED® standards. The LEED® Gold recognition is a first for BBU. Austin’s site work included: rain gardens, multiple infiltration ponds and riparian buffers for storm water management, highly-efficient HVAC, energy-efficient equipment and fixtures, solar tube skylights, and hot water return recirculation.
“BBU has partnered with The Austin Company on several projects and we are grateful for their efforts in helping us achieve LEED® Gold Certification on the Lehigh Valley project,” stated Jim McKeowan, Director of Environment and Sustainability, Grupo Bimbo/Bimbo Bakeries USA.
Learn more about the project at: http://www.theaustin.com/case-study/bimbo-bakeries-usa-lehigh-orograin-bakery-production-facility
About The Austin Company
The Austin Company was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1878 and its headquarters remain in Cleveland, with additional offices in Irvine, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Portage, Michigan; and St. Louis, Missouri; in addition to a joint venture company in Mexico. Austin became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kajima USA Group in 2006 and is a proud member of the Kajima family of companies. Kajima Corporation is a leading global engineering and construction contractor.