CAN DO understands the need for available buildings in today’s fast paced market when industries are looking to relocate, grow and expand. With that in mind, we continue to look for ways to enhance the offerings within Humboldt Industrial Park, one of the largest industrial parks in Pennsylvania, to meet the growing number of companies that are looking for ready to go properties they can occupy immediately.
Thankfully, multiple developers are filling some of the market demand as construction is underway in Humboldt on several new speculative buildings for tenants. Additionally, numerous other buildings are available for lease. Development companies Trammell Crow Company, Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services and Tri-Mountain Realty are each nearing completion of various size spec buildings in the park.
As a driving force for economic development throughout Greater Hazleton and Northeast Pennsylvania, CAN DO, Inc. recognizes that having fully-permitted sites available allows corporations to begin construction immediately and save what can be months or potentially years of regulatory processes to get a site fully approved. CAN DO has answered this need for efficiency by preparing a site in its CAN DO Corporate Center that is fully-permitted with all approvals in place and all utilities located at the property boundary.
CAN DO has made this 12.83-acre property available for sale or lease. The site is suited for office, light manufacturing or e-commerce/distribution and can accommodate a 40,000 square-foot to 60,000 square-foot Class A building. The land, which is adjacent to Interstate 80 and PA State Route 309, is located approximately two miles east of the junction with Interstate 81 and 15 miles west of the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike.
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.