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CAN DO President W. Kevin O’Donnell received the 2014 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award from the Anthracite District of Boy Scouts of America during the organization’s Hazleton Area Friends of Scouting Dinner on Thursday.
The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes individuals who set a positive example for others and demonstrate selfless concern and care for their communities.
In 10 years, CAN DO has touched the lives of hundreds of servicemen and women from the Hazleton area who are serving in the military overseas. On Memorial Day, the economic development organization and its student committee were honored for their support of the military.
Each fall since 2005, CAN DO’s Student Action Committee holds Operation: CAN DO, a drive to collect food, personal hygiene and entertainment products for local military personnel. Items are collected at local schools and businesses, as well as at CAN DO’s office. CAN DO partners with the Freeland American Legion to execute this annual event, with the Legion receiving the items and shipping care packages to military members in time for the holidays.
During last month’s annual meeting, the organization’s board of directors elected officers and at-large board members.
CAN DO officers approved for 2014-2015 include: Llewellyn F. Dryfoos III, chairman of the board of directors; Daniel C. Jorgensen, vice chairman; David M. McCarthy, vice chairman; William Magnotta, vice chairman; W. Kevin O’Donnell, president; Dr. John Madden, secretary; Patrick Ward, treasurer; Joseph F. Lettiere, vice president of sales and marketing; Nancy R. Stasko, assistant secretary; and Patricia Gendler, CPA, assistant secretary.
CAN DO is planning its annual Curb Appeal Awards mixer to honor industrial park tenants who have beautified and maintained the visual appeal of their properties.
The program, in its seventh year, presents awards to companies in Humboldt, Humboldt North, McAdoo and Valmont industrial parks; Humboldt Station and the CAN DO Corporate Center during an industry mixer held in September at Residence Inn by Marriott in Humboldt Station.
CAN DO, the economic development organization serving Greater Hazleton and beyond, has helped secure more than $2.5 million in funding for two northeastern Pennsylvania companies through new state low-interest loans recently approved by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).
The loans include $2.2 million for DHD Realty to renovate a downtown Hazleton building and $285,000 for Pittston-based GT Fabrication, Inc., to buy a new facility that is located outside of the flood plain.
The approvals were announced by Gov. Tom Corbett as part of his JOBS1st PA initiative, supporting the continued growth of manufacturers and regional efforts to redevelop old and abandoned buildings for new growth opportunities.
(September 18, 2014) – For the seventh consecutive year, CAN DO, Greater Hazleton’s economic development agency, presented its Curb Appeal Awards to industrial park tenants who have beautified and maintained the visual appeal of their properties.
The awards were presented to companies in Humboldt, Humboldt North, McAdoo and Valmont industrial parks and the CAN DO Corporate Center during an industry mixer held Thursday at Residence Inn by Marriott in Humboldt Station.
“The Curb Appeal Awards program was established to recognize these companies for the efforts they make in beautifying their properties. We want to recognize them for creating and maintaining the attractiveness of their facilities,” CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell said.
Thanks to students serving on a CAN DO committee, local military personnel stationed abroad can receive a care package this holiday season.
CAN DO’s Student Action Committee is seeking names of servicemen and women with local ties to send them packages as part of the 10th annual Operation: CAN DO, a collection drive of food, personal care and entertainment items for members of the military.
American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), a specialty retailer of clothing, accessories, and personal care products in the United States and internationally, recently launched its 1-million-square-foot distribution center in Greater Hazleton. The company officials say they are pleased with the region’s labor force and the associates they have hired to date.
American Eagle Outfitters opened the distribution center in Humboldt Industrial Park, Hazle Township, this summer. The company is a specialty retailer of high-quality, on-trend products for women and men, including clothing, accessories and personal care items. It sells its products in more than 900 stores throughout the United States and Canada and online internationally.
“We chose Greater Hazleton for several reasons, including the talent pool in the area, the opportunity to build a facility from the ground up, and the easy access to Interstates 81 and 80,” said Director of Operations Chris Miller.
The Packaging Wholesalers, a wholesale retailer of packaging supply chain materials to distributors, held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting Thursday for its 300,000 square foot facility at 63 Green Mountain Road in the Humboldt Industrial Park.
This is the company’s third location nationwide, joining its corporate offices and flagship location outside of Chicago and a second facility in Dallas, Texas. Between the three facilities, the company now has more than a million square feet of distribution space and the ability to support customers nationwide. According to its corporate website, The Packaging Wholesalers selected the Humboldt Industrial Park location because the proximity to Interstates 80 and 81 will allow for distribution to 50 percent of its customers within three to four hours.
CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O’Donnell said The Packaging Wholesalers is the latest company to see the impact of opening a facility in Greater Hazleton. “We are excited to welcome The Packaging Wholesalers distribution center to Humboldt Industrial Park. The company is the latest in a long line of tenants to our parks that have seen the benefit of expanding to Greater Hazleton to take advantage of the prime access to the various interstate shipping routes. They are a thriving company and we look forward to their continued success here,” O’Donnell said.