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A Pittston-based company has received state funding for its expansion project, assisted by CAN DO, the economic development organization serving businesses in Greater Hazleton and the surrounding region.
Susquehanna Brewing received a $140,000 Small Business First loan from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), which certified CAN DO as anindustrial development corporation (IDC). CAN DO’s role as a certified economic development corporation means that state funding can be channeled through CAN DO. The organization offers financing assistance to all businesses in Luzerne County.
CAN DO invites the public to celebrate a festive beginning to the Christmas season at the 22nd annual CAN DO Community Christmas on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The event, which features music from several school groups, will be held at Christ Lutheran Church at Church and Green streets in downtown Hazleton. Admission to Community Christmas is free and cookies will be provided by the Keystone Job Corps.
“The CAN DO Community Christmas is a longstanding downtown holiday Christmas tradition and a great way for us to showcase talent from our own community. We’re sure the community will enjoy hearing the festive music these students will share,” said CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell.
It was founded in 1956 by a group of community and civic volunteer leaders to promote economic development throughout Greater Hazleton, and today, CAN DO, Inc., is still led by a volunteer board of directors that guides the organization with a mission of improving the quality of life throughout the area.
Each year, new representatives join CAN DO’s board of directors to replace those whose terms have expired. And each year, CAN DO welcomes new representatives with an orientation that takes them behind the scenes and educates them about the many aspects of the organization’s efforts to attract new industries and new jobs to Greater Hazleton.
Students at Freeland Elementary/Middle School have spent the past month thinking of local military personnel stationed abroad and have been collecting items to send them for the holidays.
Members of the Freeland Builders Club, under the direction of teacher Nathan DeBalko, led the drive for Operation: CAN DO, a project of the CAN DO Student Action Committee to collect food, entertainment and hygiene items for servicemen and women.
On Friday, the students took a break from classes to pack up the items they have collected for the men and women who are serving our country overseas.
CAN DO officials recently spoke to the Junior Leadership Hazleton class about community and economic development during a presentation at Capriotti’s.
Dozens of Junior Leadership students were in attendance for the presentation. CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O’Donnell opened the program with information on the background and history of CAN DO.
The Packaging Wholesalers, a wholesale retailer of packaging supply chain materials to distributors, held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting Thursday for its 300,000 square foot facility at 63 Green Mountain Road in the Humboldt Industrial Park.
This is the company’s third location nationwide, joining its corporate offices and flagship location outside of Chicago and a second facility in Dallas, Texas. Between the three facilities, the company now has more than a million square feet of distribution space and the ability to support customers nationwide. According to its corporate website, The Packaging Wholesalers selected the Humboldt Industrial Park location because the proximity to Interstates 80 and 81 will allow for distribution to 50 percent of its customers within three to four hours.
CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O’Donnell said The Packaging Wholesalers is the latest company to see the impact of opening a facility in Greater Hazleton. “We are excited to welcome The Packaging Wholesalers distribution center to Humboldt Industrial Park. The company is the latest in a long line of tenants to our parks that have seen the benefit of expanding to Greater Hazleton to take advantage of the prime access to the various interstate shipping routes. They are a thriving company and we look forward to their continued success here,” O’Donnell 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.
Thanks to students serving on a CAN DO committee, local military personnel stationed abroad can receive a care package this holiday season.
CAN DO’s Student Action Committee is seeking names of servicemen and women with local ties to send them packages as part of the 10th annual Operation: CAN DO, a collection drive of food, personal care and entertainment items for members of the military.
(September 18, 2014) – For the seventh consecutive year, CAN DO, Greater Hazleton’s economic development agency, presented its Curb Appeal Awards to industrial park tenants who have beautified and maintained the visual appeal of their properties.
The awards were presented to companies in Humboldt, Humboldt North, McAdoo and Valmont industrial parks and the CAN DO Corporate Center during an industry mixer held Thursday at Residence Inn by Marriott in Humboldt Station.
“The Curb Appeal Awards program was established to recognize these companies for the efforts they make in beautifying their properties. We want to recognize them for creating and maintaining the attractiveness of their facilities,” CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell said.