News and information about CAN DO for the community, investors, volunteers and board members.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for both First Draw and Second Draw PPP Loans the week of January 11. Applications can be submitted between January 11 and March 31, 2021.
Since the inception of the program, the SBA has made modifications to best assist businesses in continuing need. The following updates had been made to the program: borrowers can determine their preferred loan covered period, between 8 and 24 weeks, to best meet their business needs; in addition to payroll costs, employee benefits, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities, loans will cover additional expenses including operation expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures; eligible entities now include 501© non-profits, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations; and finally, there is greater flexibility for seasonal employees' payroll expenses.
Dan Sweeney, CAN DO’s Facilities Manager for the past 21 years, has announced that he will be retiring on March 31.
As facilities manager, Sweeney is responsible for the management of all of CAN DO’s leased buildings and oversees the maintenance of its industrial parks and corporate center.
“Danny is one of the most reliable people we’ve ever had at CAN DO. Dan had tremendous pride in what he did and is well respected not only by our entire board and staff but also all of our tenants. Danny is a master craftsman who understood our properties as well as anyone. He will be very hard to replace and surely be missed,” said CAN DO President and CEO Joseph Lettiere.
CAN DO joins the City of Hazleton, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and other members of the Greater Hazleton COVID-19 Recovery & Resiliency Task Force to announce that funding is now available via a USDA loan program to support Hazleton City restaurants.
The City of Hazleton has approximately $30,000 in existing funding from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business Enterprise Loan Fund that can provide zero-percent interest loans to city-wide restaurants who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any restaurant located within the City of Hazleton and established prior to December 2019 is eligible to apply.
CAN DO and CAN BE, along with the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and other members of the Greater Hazleton COVID-19 Recovery & Resiliency Task Force, are helping small businesses across Greater Hazleton receive free assistance to either establish or increase their online presence as they respond to challenges faced in light of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
PFNonwovens, a global manufacturer of nonwoven fabrics used to produce protective medical apparel worn by doctors and nurses across the country, in addition to multiple consumer products, announced that the company has begun a $70 million expansion at its Humboldt Industrial Park location that will add two production lines and create an additional 60 jobs over the next two years. PFN currently employs more than 300 people at its facilities in Humboldt Industrial Park.
Phase I of the expansion is expected to be completed and operational in mid-2021 and the second phase is planned to be completed in 2022. PFN currently has 500,850 square-feet of manufacturing space on 68.6 acres of land in Humboldt. The expansion will add another 170,562 square-feet to the existing facility, according to a company spokeswoman.
(Hazleton, PA – November 20, 2020) – IntelliGreen Managing Partner and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ryan Robinson received the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year award during the Chamber’s virtual Business and Community Awards program. CAN BE, an equal opportunity provider, sponsors the annual award, which promotes the development of future business owners and operators within Greater Hazleton.
Robinson, said, “As a Managing Partner and VP of Sales and Marketing for both IntelliGreen and American Eagle Solutions, my roles and responsibility surround expanding our product lines and offerings to achieve a national presence in smart building technology and energy efficiency.”
(Hazleton, PA – November 23, 2020) – Muzo, a flexible classroom learning and office solutions furniture company from the United Kingdom, has announced that it will be relocating its global headquarters and much of its manufacturing to a 74,000 square-foot facility owned by CAN DO in the Valmont Industrial Park in West Hazleton. For the past 10 years, Muzo has been manufacturing locally in a smaller facility in the CAN DO Corporate Center.
“We have chosen West Hazleton largely because of our ability to scale in terms of production. We are a growing business. We’ve established ourselves in this region and we like the people and we like the area, Muzo founder and CEO Darren Buttle said. “Transportation routes are great here and our east coast business is very, very strong. We sell worldwide and will be exporting from here to a number of regions around the world.”
CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O’Donnell received the prestigious President’s Award from the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) during the organization’s 2020 Virtual Conference Series event on Thursday.
The purpose of the President’s Award is to recognize an individual’s commitment, leadership and dedication to economic development in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
“I want to thank everyone at PEDA who I’ve had the pleasure of calling my friends for so many years. I am so honored to be selected for the President’s Award. Listening to the list of past award recipients, it blows me away to be part of a group of people like that,” O’Donnell said. “It’s always great to be recognized for one’s accomplishments, but when it comes from your peers, it’s even more gratifying. I can’t say thank you enough to PEDA. Betty Slaton, who was once the president of PEDA, coined a phrase that I’ll never forget because I truly believe in it. She said, ‘Ours is a worthy profession.’ She would say this at the end of every meeting. I believed it then, I believe it now and I’m so proud to have been a part of the economic development profession for so many years.”
The CAN DO Student Action Committee needs assistance from the community to gather the names and contact information for military members with ties to Greater Hazleton that are serving overseas as part of the 16th Operation: CAN DO drive.
Due to heightened security measures, local military recruitment offices can no longer supply the names and contact information of soldiers. So, the committee is asking the public to submit the names and addresses for any friends or family members with ties to Greater Hazleton who will be stationed abroad for the holidays.
Proposed bus schedule improvements for the Humboldt Industrial Park route were outlined for attendees during a recent virtual Humboldt Park Association meeting.
The schedule changes will be included in the Hazleton Transit Development Plan, which Hazleton Public Transit (HPT) is putting together with support from Penn DOT. The plan should be completed by the end of the year and will provide a strategic public transit vision that will guide transit priorities and improvements for the next five years.