(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.
The law firm of Laputka, Bayless, Ecker & Cohn, P.C. recently moved into new offices in the CAN DO Renaissance Center in downtown Hazleton.
The firm occupies approximately 3,500 square feet of office space on the third floor of the Renaissance Center.
Attorney Robert Sensky, one of the partners in the firm, said he appreciated working with CAN DO to find the ideal location for the firm.
“We are extremely pleased to be in this building and to remain downtown as part of the Hazleton legal and business communities. The location and the presence it provides are superb. We really could not have asked for a more suitable space. CAN DO worked hard to make this move as easy and seamless as possible for our firm and we look forward to spending many prosperous years here,” Sensky said.
Tech Packaging, Inc., recently began operations in its new facility (above) in Humboldt Industrial Park. The company provides packaging services for major household names such as Frito Lay, Del Monte, PepsiCo and Kellogg’s. About $15 million in inventory will pass through Tech Packaging’s Greater Hazleton center each year.
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., is finishing construction on its 1 million SF facility (above) in Humboldt Industrial Park. The company expects to begin operations in late June at its new distribution center, which will be the largest industrial building in the Hazleton area.
Northeastern Pennsylvania, including Greater Hazleton, is home to a growing cluster of e-commerce companies that distribute their products from the area. With numerous e-commerce companies operating in the area, the region is a major hub for logistics companies serving the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Midwest, as well as companies that sell their products over the Internet.
With the continuing increase of online retailing and the push for ever-shorter delivery windows, e-commerce companies have sought out areas where they can establish strategically located and cost-efficient fulfillment operations. The region’s combination of immediate interstate access, close proximity to the East Coast’s consumption zones, availability of FedEx and UPS service, new speculative industrial development, affordable operating costs and a great workforce backed by an exceptional higher education network, continues to drive logistics growth in the region.
Large companies continue to set Greater Hazleton as a base for their operations by establishing distribution centers in the area, learning firsthand how the area’s logistics and workforce are among the many benefits of locating here. With lower operational costs and markets throughout the country and beyond that are easily accessible in just a few hours by highway, rail, air or port, the Hazleton area is an ideal location for distribution centers.
OfficeMax’s center in Humboldt Industrial Park sends office supply products to 304 OfficeMax stores in 20 states throughout the Northeast and Midwest, along with six consolidated fulfillment centers in six different states, shipping 9.5 million cases each year. In a typical day, the distribution center receives 34,500 cases and sends 36,000 cases, delivering to about 85 stores.
Companies are continuing to see the value of Greater Hazleton for their business, with several building new facilities or expanding in the recent months. These companies have cited factors such as the area’s workforce and easy access to major highways, airports and ports as pivotal in their decision to locate in the Hazleton area.
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. is constructing a 1-million-square-foot distribution center on a 128-acre parcel of land in Humboldt Industrial Park. AEO began construction this summer on the $160 million facility, which will ship items directly to consumers. When the new building is completed, it will be the largest industrial building in Greater Hazleton.
American Eagle Outfitters is a leading specialty retailer that targets younger consumers. The company is based in Pennsylvania, with headquarters near Pittsburgh. CEO Robert Hanson said, “Due to the growth of American Eagle Outfitters, we are delighted to launch this new distribution center that will bring additional jobs to the Pennsylvania community. We are pleased that AEO will have a greater presence in the Commonwealth.”