CAN DO’s partnership with the Governor’s Action Team assisted Highwood USA in obtaining financial incentives for the company’s expansion into Hazleton. Highwood USA has purchased the 146,000 square-foot building at 64 N Conahan Drive in Hazleton to house its fabrication and supply-chain units.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said, “This expansion represents more than just the creation of 58 family-sustaining jobs in Hazleton. It also signals the growth and evolution of manufacturing in the commonwealth. Since day one, my administration has been focused on building our manufacturing sector, and Highwood’s expansion shows that Pennsylvania manufacturing is strong – and only growing stronger.”
Tosca, a provider of reusable packaging and supply chain solutions, is one of many companies making Hazleton a “hub” for their business. The company recently expanded the size of its facility in the Humboldt Industrial Park in order to support significant growth and to increase the facilities’ capabilities.
Tosca, which moved into the Humboldt Industrial Park in 2002, previously operated in a 25,000-square-foot service center. Now after an expansion to a 50,000-square-foot facility, doubling the site’s size and capabilities, Tosca plans on building the business further and leveraging the business infrastructure in Hazleton to get it done.
“The service center expansion not only adds more square footage for the business but enables the company to operate more efficiently,” Mike Wasson, Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations for Tosca, said. “The organization took the time during the expansion to reconfigure the floorplan layout for optimum performance, re-tool machines for faster turnaround time, add new dryers, and implement new automation capabilities. The company also continues to add new jobs in both management and maintenance at the Hazleton location.”
Butler Township recently broke ground for its new municipal building and police station on a five-acre lot in the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums that Butler Township Manager Maryanne Petrilla said is “a prime location for our municipal services office.”
Butler Township officials have long admired the CAN DO Corporate Center for its location to major transportation routes, its shovel ready sites and the many infrastructure amenities. When township officials were outbid on another site in the Corporate Center, CAN DO representatives approached them about selecting Site 11 for their new facility. Petrilla said it was the perfect fit for their operations.
“The property was attractive because of its location to State Route 309 and Interstate 80. Plus, two major subdivisions are within two miles in either direction, making us closer to the most populated areas of the township,” Petrilla said. “The municipal services building located in the CAN DO Corporate Center may help attract business and expand the tenants in the park.
FACT: Northeast Pennsylvania is the most cost-efficient location for manufacturing companies.
FACT: Northeast PA provides manufacturers with lower operating costs than they will find in any other major city and MSA throughout the Northeastern United States.
FACT: Northeast PA gives manufacturing companies in the food/beverage and plastics sectors proven reasons why their companies will operate at a peak-level of success here.
Greater Hazleton has always been recognized for being a cost-effective location that has lower operating costs than many major markets.
Pennsylvania has possessed a reputation as a prime location for companies in the manufacturing industry for decades. This was most evident when the Commonwealth ranked in the top 10 in several categories in two national polls of the top manufacturing states and locations. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) followed up these national rankings with a regional analysis of the manufacturing industry that shows the current and future benefits for companies located in the region.
In Business Facilities’ 2016 Annual Rankings Report, Pennsylvania ranked in the top 10 across five crucial industry categories, including manufacturing, infrastructure and exports. PA placed sixth in the “Top Manufacturing States” category, which measures employment totals for manufacturing jobs; fifth in the “Infrastructure Upgrades” category and 10th in the “Exports” category.
With technological advances in the manufacturing industry growing at an exponential rate, it’s more important than ever for employers to have access to multiple educational and training options that will provide the qualified and skilled workforce base they need to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Several colleges and universities within minutes of Greater Hazleton offer educational and customized training programs that are ideal for current and future employees. In addition to on-site employee training programs, educational courses are available at several colleges across Northeastern PA. The list includes four of Penn State University’s branch campuses, Luzerne County Community College, McCann School of Business and Technology, Johnson College, Keystone College, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Lackawanna College.
The Packaging Wholesalers, a wholesale retailer of packaging supply chain materials to distributors, held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting in February at 63 Green Mountain Road in the Humboldt Industrial Park.
The company’s 300,000 square foot distribution center will house more than 1,200 different sizes of corrugated boxes and mailers along with a variety of additional packaging materials and shipping supplies, including boxes manufactured by neighboring industry, International Paper.
The Packaging Wholesalers, one of the nation’s largest suppliers of packaging materials to the supply chain industry, announced its plans to open a distribution center on a site at 63 Green Mountain Round in Humboldt Industrial Park West. The property is owned by Mericle Commercial.
A grand opening is schedule for December 1. The Packaging Wholesalers will occupy 293,493 square feet to distribute corrugated boxes and shipping materials. The firm expects to hire more than 40 employees.
Pennsylvania has a rich history as one of the top manufacturing states in the country. It routinely receives high rankings in national polls for the benefits in operations, logistics and infrastructure that manufacturers, including those in the food processing industry, find when they choose to locate their businesses. Greater Hazleton amplifies those benefits through its strategic location to major transportation routes, lower operating costs and its skilled workforce.
Pennsylvania recently ranked in the top 10 in a national poll across five crucial industry categories including manufacturing, infrastructure and exports. Business Facilities’ Annual Rankings Report placed PA sixth in the “Top Manufacturing States” category, which measures employment totals for manufacturing jobs; fifth in the “Infrastructure Upgrades” category and 10th in the “Exports” category.
CAN DO Vice President Joseph Lettiere was named board chairman for Penn’s Northeast, a regional economic development marketing organization that works to assist businesses in locating throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania including Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Wayne and Schuylkill counties.
The goal of Penn’s Northeast is to attract quality employers to Northeastern PA. The organization’s mission is to enhance the region’s economy through new investments, job creation and increasing the amount of potential business opportunities for regional businesses through targeted business recruitment and unique lead generation activities. Penn’s Northeast does this in part by promoting the region’s assets to regional, national and international businesses.
Lettiere said he is looking forward to working with Penn’s Northeast President/CEO John L Augustine III to take the organization to a new level.