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Jocelyn presentation 2CAN BE Coordinator of Entrepreneurial Services Jocelyn Sterenchock presented the 2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Jeremy Thorne during the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce’s 18th annual Business and Community Awards Luncheon. This marks the fifth consecutive year that CAN BE has sponsored the award.

Thorne is the owner of ThorneCare Landscape Solutions, LLC, a professional landscape company with more than 14 years of experience in the industry. He began his entrepreneurial career by starting a mowing business at an early age. By the age of 25, Jeremy went on to attend college and pursue a horticultural degree. After working for a time at a landscaping company in State College, Thorne returned to Greater Hazleton so he could start his own business proving quality landscaping services.

Best Cigar groundbreakingBest Cigar Prices, which sells premium cigars and accessories via the internet, telephone, catalog and at its facility in the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums, held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for Best Cigar Pub, the company’s new state-of-the-art store, lounge, bar and restaurant scheduled to open in the late spring of 2019.

The two-story addition will add just under 3,000 square feet to Best Cigar Prices’ existing 25,000-square-foot building. The company expects to have 60 employees following the expansion, an increase of more than 20 percent over its current workforce. CAM Architects, Ltd., of Wilkes-Barre assisted Best Cigar Prices with the design and Kingston contracting firm Champion Builders, Inc., will construct the addition.

White BirchCAN DO received more than $1.8 million in Community Development Block Grant funding through Luzerne County that it will use for continuing phases of the White Birch Road extension project.

Luzerne County Manager David Pedri announced the grant as part of his keynote speech during the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce’s recent Red Carpet Breakfast. CAN DO is among six municipalities in lower Luzerne County that are sharing a pool of $15 million in block grant funds.

CAN DO has earmarked the $1,851,767 in funding for the ongoing project to extend White Birch Road in the Humboldt Industrial Park. The new road is part of a project to create a second access road into the park from Route 424, the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Beltway, as well as provide another outlet to reach Interstate 81.

The CAN DO Student Action Committee recently celebrated the launch of its 14th Operation: CAN DO drive, an annual program that creates and ships care packages to military members with ties to Greater Hazleton who will be stationed abroad for the holidays, and is requesting help from the community to gather the names of service members so packages can be sent to them for the holidays. The Student Action Committee conducts the annual drive with assistance from the Freeland American Legion Post 473.

Curb Appeal Overall WinnerCAN DO held its 11th annual Curb Appeal Awards ceremony to recognize tenants across its Humboldt, Valmont and McAdoo industrial parks, Humboldt Station and the CAN DO Corporate Center who use landscaping to present beautifully maintained facilities.

The awards were presented during an industry mixer held Thursday at Residence Inn by Marriott in Humboldt Station. The mixer was co-sponsored by Residence Inn and Coordinated Health.

TimesLeaderIndustrialParkSeriesThe Times Leader newspaper published a 40-page special section on CAN DO and its parks as part of a series on industrial parks throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.

The section features a look at CAN DO's history and provided information on the Humboldt, Valmont and McAdoo industrial parks, the CAN DO Corporate Center and Humboldt Station.

Additional features included articles on CAN DO's financial and entrepreurship services and statistics on CAN DO's impact on the regional economy.

Click here to view a flip book version of the CAN DO Industrial Park Series section.

Cick here to download a PDF version of the CAN DO Industrial Park Series section.

WellsFargoOn Friday, May 18, Wells Fargo presented a $112,500 check to the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress to help establish the Penn State Hazleton LaunchBox small business incubator. The presentation will took place at the 13 W. Broad St. property, which is the target of the rehabilitation funds.

IRIS USA groundbreakingIRIS USA, a leading manufacturer of high-quality clear plastic storage products, pet products and ready-to-assemble furniture, broke ground Friday on a 500,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility along Commerce Drive in Humboldt Industrial Park East. The Japanese-based company is investing $84 million into the project and expects to hire nearly 100 employees.

State, county and local officials joined IRIS executives, who traveled from Japan and throughout the United States, for the groundbreaking ceremony. Dignitaries who gave their remarks during the groundbreaking included Sen. John Yudichak, Rep. Tarah Toohil, Jared Grissinger of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Action Team, Hazle Township Supervisors Chairman Jim Montone, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chair Dr. Gary Lawler, and IRIS USA President Hiroyuki (Doc) Takahashi and IRIS Chairman and CEO Akihiro Ohyama.

IRIS USA, an international manufacturer and distributor of injection-molded plastic organizational products for the home, office, craft & hobby and pets will soon begin construction on a 500,000 square-foot building in CAN DO’s Humboldt Industrial Park East which, when completed, will create nearly 100 new jobs.

500OakRidgeCAN DO, Inc., Greater Hazleton’s economic development corporation, has purchased a 90,000 square-foot industrial building in Humboldt Industrial Park and plans on marketing the building to potential tenants.

The building at 500 Oak Ridge Road is being added to CAN DO’s portfolio of more than one half million square feet that it currently leases to companies throughout its three industrial parks and the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums.

Prior to purchasing the property from First Quality Nonwovens, CAN DO’s rental properties were 100 percent occupied.

“By acquiring existing buildings, we position ourselves to have available rental space for companies that are looking for a location where they can locate quickly,” said Kevin O’Donnell, CAN DO’s president and CEO.