A manufacturing company that was launched nearly 45 years ago to provide jobs for people with disabilities in and around Greater Hazleton is growing with the assistance of one of its largest clients and CAN DO, Inc.
CTC Manufacturing has recently expanded into two CAN DO-owned facilities with more than 33,000 square feet of space within the Valmont Industrial Park that will be used to complete work for Henkel, formerly Dial Corporation. Henkel has a manufacturing facility in Valmont.
Greater Hazleton and the surrounding region have a workforce that is qualified, ready and available.
Senior Human Resources Manager Sandy Sola said American Eagle Outfitters received hundreds of applicants for its positions, and the company has been pleased with the caliber of Greater Hazleton’s workforce. “Part of our staffing strategy is to partner with local temporary agencies to help us secure our entry-level workforce. We are currently in the process of converting many of those individuals to full-time employment. And, we still have a very healthy candidate pipeline of individuals trying to find positions with American Eagle Outfitters,” she said.
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.
Funding assistance is one of the many ways that CAN DO provides help to new and existing employers throughout Luzerne County. CAN DO has access to a variety of financing sources and offers its expertise to assist businesses in obtaining the necessary funding for projects. CAN DO’s business financing specialists can help identify the appropriate funding sources and package and complete applications.
Many financing types are available in the form of both grants and low-interest loans. Some of the grants and low-interest loans include land and building acquisition loans, Small Business First loans, machinery and equipment loans, workforce training grants, and job creation and investment loans.
CAN DO has assisted another tenant with a recent expansion project. BelleMarque LLC, located in Valmont Industrial Park, was previously located in two separate spaces in CAN DO’s multi-tenant complex. The company, which manufactures napkin products, moved into 130 Lions Drive in Valmont Industrial Park After CAN DO purchased the building and renovated it specifically to their requirements.
BelleMarque General Manager Alec Marcalus said, “We needed more space to accommodate our growing business, including more room for production, warehousing and employees. The new facility has more of everything we need: dock doors, space for employees and more. CAN DO did a fantastic job of fitting it out for our needs.”
(Hazleton, PA – August 21, 2014) – Global representatives from the Pennsylvania’s Office of International Business Development, Department of Community and Economic Development, toured the new American Eagle Outfitters distribution center (DC) in Humboldt Industrial Park in June, in advance of the facility’s grand opening held on Thursday, August 21st.
(August 21, 2014) – American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. announced the grand opening of its new distribution center located in CAN DO's Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania. The state-of-the-art, one million square foot facility was designed and built with best-in-class capabilities to support the Company’s omni-channel transformation and growth strategy.
This is the largest single facility in the history of CAN DO and joins many other world-class firms that are located within the park.
PPLSolutions moved its call center to a building in Humboldt Industrial Park earlier this year and recently signed a lease to double its space in the new facility, adding even more employees.
The call center handles business for many deregulated energy suppliers. Christina Shackleton, business development manager for PPLSolutions, said 114 agents currently work at the center, a large increase from the 60 who were employed at the facility from which PPL Solutions moved this year. With the expansion anticipated to be complete in September, up to 100 additional people will be hired, Shackleton said.
Tootsie Roll, Hershey, others benefit from strategic location
Hazleton’s location near the crossroads of Interstates 80 and 81 allows food processing companies to transport products to their destination quickly.
A long-standing and growing industry cluster in Greater Hazleton is food processing, as many companies that make or distribute food products are located in the area. Drawn by the region’s strategic location, proximity to major roadways and transportation networks, competitive operating environment and a highly rated workforce, companies such as Tootsie Roll Industries, The Hershey Company, Gonnella Frozen Products, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Cargill Meat Solutions and Otis Spunkmeyer have chosen to operate facilities in CAN DO’s industrial parks.
Gonnella Frozen Products makes frozen dough such as bread and rolls from Humboldt Industrial Park. The company sells its products to supermarket chains, which bake them on site to sell to grocery customers. Gonnella manufactures more than 1 million pounds of product in Hazleton each year.
A local manufacturer of sanitary paper products is expanding to CAN DO’s Multi-Tenant Building #2 (above) in Valmont Industrial Park.
A local manufacturer of sanitary paper products is expanding to CAN DO’s Multi-Tenant Building #2 in Valmont Industrial Park.
CAN DO recently purchased the building to add to its portfolio of real estate offerings. CAN DO owns, maintains and leases several hundred square feet of buildings as part of its inventory, including multi-tenant complexes.