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CAN DO News

News and information about CAN DO for the community, investors, volunteers and board members.

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.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development on Friday awarded an $625,617 grant from its Local Share Account (LSA) program to Hazle Township to help fund Phase 2 of a project to improve traffic congestion and safety concerns at two intersections in Humboldt Industrial Park.

The funding is part of a $1.8 million project to increase the turning radius for commercial truck traffic and add turning lanes at the intersection of Forest Road and Maplewood Drive, and at the intersection of Maplewood Drive and White Birch Road.

Hershey groundbreaking 1The Hershey Company broke ground on a $60 million expansion project earlier this month that will bring more than 100 jobs to its facility in the Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazle Township.

The project involves the installation of a new Kit Kat manufacturing line and will expand the company’s local workforce by 27 percent. The new line, which will increase the facility’s Kit Kat production capacity by 36 percent, is expected to be in operation by the end of 2018. Hershey’s Humboldt facility produces all of the Kit Kat bars that are sold in the United States.

Speaking during an announcement at the Hazle Township plant, Todd Tillemans, president of Hershey’s U.S. business, said, “Our plant here in Hazle Township has long been a high value and high-performing facility. It was clear our investment should be made here. It’s because of the dedication of the people here in the Hazleton area that we have fuel to make this investment and propel Hershey into the future.”

Hershey’s Humboldt Industrial Park facility, which also makes Cadbury products and Hershey’s bars, first opened in March of 1973. CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell said he’s thrilled to see such a longtime park tenant making such a big investment in Greater Hazleton.

“We’re proud that the Hershey Company shares CAN DO’s commitment of bringing quality, family sustaining, manufacturing jobs to Greater Hazleton. An investment of this magnitude speaks volumes about the dedicated workforce we have here in the Hazleton area that is helping to make this possible. The direct access the Humboldt facility has to Interstate 81 has also been a vital component of Hershey’s success in our area.”

An important safety initiative to acquire emergency notification system services from Send Word Now was discussed at a Humboldt Park Association meeting last month.

Send Word Now provides a service that allows users to receive critical information rapidly via phone calls, text messages and email alerts. The system will be used in the event of an emergency to alert employees in the Humboldt and Valmont industrial parks about situations and the necessary plan of action to deal with it. As an example, the service can be used to alert contacts of impeding dangers such as a road closure due to a traffic accident or worse and provide companies instructions to shelter in place or to evacuate as well as alternate travel routes to take so employees entering or exiting the park can avoid the affected area.

Each company in the Humboldt and Valmont industrial parks will designate company contacts who will receive the messages and they then in turn can alert their colleagues of the situation.

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