Handmade soy candle company Candelles went from a startup that once operated out of the kitchen of its co-founders to a thriving business in just three years because of the amenities and services it received from CAN BE.
Co-founders Kelley Major and C.J. Graaf chose to move into the CAN BE Innovation Center in November of 2017 because it offered the company a small space to start out with the option to expand when it was ready. They are now taking that next step and moving into a 6,800 square-foot space in the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums.
Nexii Building Solutions, Inc., headquartered in Canada, is a green construction technology company that manufactures green building and retrofit products. Representatives from Nexii selected a site in Hazleton for its first U.S. production facility because of the immediate access to key transportation routes and a workforce that meets its needs.
The company anticipates hiring between 180 and 230 new, skilled green manufacturing jobs. Once it becomes fully operational, the business will produce more than 8 million square feet of building panels every year, and service projects across the Northeast U.S. markets, including New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Little Leaf Farms, a Massachusetts-based company, was looking for an area with a food processing industry reputation and direct access to key transportation routes to service major markets south of New England.
It found the ideal location to expand its production and open its first Pennsylvania greenhouse in Greater Hazleton, specifically McAdoo Industrial Park. Little Leaf Farms Founder and CEO Paul Sellew said Northeast PA’s food industry reputation was a key factor in the company’s decision.
CAN DO recognizes the increasing demand among private developers to find available properties with land development approvals already in place.
As part of its strategic plan, CAN DO continues to work with its engineering partners, as well as local officials, to obtain land development approvals on a wide variety of sites. This allows developers to begin construction immediately and saves months, or even years, of regulatory processes to achieve approvals.
Greater Hazleton continues to rank as one of the top industrial development markets in the country because of its immediate access to several major interstate highways, dedicated workforce and utility infrastructure.
That reputation, along with the fact that land development approvals were already in place for the site, was a deciding factor in MRP Industrial’s recent sale of a 91.5-acre site in Humboldt Industrial Park to a manufacturing company.
Darren Buttle, the founder and CEO of Muzo, a flexible classroom learning and office solutions furniture company founded in 1999 out of Yorkshire, United Kingdom, was waiting for the right opportunity to meet the needs of his growing business, and when it arose, he quickly jumped at the chance to lease the 74,000 square-foot facility in the Valmont Industrial Park, West Hazleton that had just recently become available.
It was 10 years ago when Buttle first decided on Greater Hazleton for a U.S. manufacturing facility. He said sales in the United States were increasing and one day he got a knock on his door back in Yorkshire. There stood a representative from the Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development who persuaded him to take a trip to Pennsylvania to explore the opportunity of opening manufacturing here.
For companies that are looking for a new location and want to capitalize on the benefits that Greater Hazleton offers, Humboldt Industrial Park has available buildings that are ideal for companies in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, e-commerce and distribution.
Humboldt Industrial Park, located in Greater Hazleton, Pennsylvania, is adjacent to Interstate 81 and within miles of Interstate 80. This infrastructure benefit puts companies within 300 miles of 25 percent of the population and total production of the entire nation, meaning these key transportation routes put any business within a day’s drive of several major metropolitan areas and locations. Within a 30-mile commute surrounding Humboldt Industrial Park, there is a population of 671,600 with a civilian labor force of 331,500 making it easy to attract a qualified workforce.
IRIS USA is a globally-recognized name in injected-molded plastic products. Although the company only began operations at its 500,000 square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in the Humboldt Industrial Park last month, company President Hiroyuki (Doc) Takahashi already had high praise for Greater Hazleton’s workforce.
“We are honored to be part of the Hazleton community, and to drive new job creation in the area,” Takahashi said. “Luzerne County is home to a highly-skilled, talented and diverse workforce.”
Sky Organics, an e-commerce company that makes all-natural beauty and personal care products, selected Greater Hazleton as the location for its new distribution facility because it provided the company both immediate access to key transportation routes, including Interstate 80 and Interstate 81, as well as a cost savings.
Tal Shemesh, vice president of operations at Sky Organics, said, “Having a facility in Pennsylvania has been great to us. It’s near the Port of New York and close to major highways. Our company is based in Florida and we find that having the distribution facility in Pennsylvania has allowed us to save on freight costs.”
CAN DO’s dedication to workforce development is evident right in its mission statement: to improve the quality of life in the Greater Hazleton area through the creation and retention of a full range of employment opportunities.
CAN DO is committed to helping industries across its parks access the employee education and training options that are currently available in the area while also focusing on the future workforce development needs that will help Greater Hazleton continue to be a competitive economic environment.