Pennsylvania has possessed a reputation as a prime location for companies in the manufacturing industry for decades. This was most evident when the Commonwealth ranked in the top 10 in several categories in two national polls of the top manufacturing states and locations. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) followed up these national rankings with a regional analysis of the manufacturing industry that shows the current and future benefits for companies located in the region.
In Business Facilities’ 2016 Annual Rankings Report, Pennsylvania ranked in the top 10 across five crucial industry categories, including manufacturing, infrastructure and exports. PA placed sixth in the “Top Manufacturing States” category, which measures employment totals for manufacturing jobs; fifth in the “Infrastructure Upgrades” category and 10th in the “Exports” category.
With technological advances in the manufacturing industry growing at an exponential rate, it’s more important than ever for employers to have access to multiple educational and training options that will provide the qualified and skilled workforce base they need to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Several colleges and universities within minutes of Greater Hazleton offer educational and customized training programs that are ideal for current and future employees. In addition to on-site employee training programs, educational courses are available at several colleges across Northeastern PA. The list includes four of Penn State University’s branch campuses, Luzerne County Community College, McCann School of Business and Technology, Johnson College, Keystone College, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Lackawanna College.
The Packaging Wholesalers, a wholesale retailer of packaging supply chain materials to distributors, held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting in February at 63 Green Mountain Road in the Humboldt Industrial Park.
The company’s 300,000 square foot distribution center will house more than 1,200 different sizes of corrugated boxes and mailers along with a variety of additional packaging materials and shipping supplies, including boxes manufactured by neighboring industry, International Paper.
The Packaging Wholesalers, one of the nation’s largest suppliers of packaging materials to the supply chain industry, announced its plans to open a distribution center on a site at 63 Green Mountain Round in Humboldt Industrial Park West. The property is owned by Mericle Commercial.
A grand opening is schedule for December 1. The Packaging Wholesalers will occupy 293,493 square feet to distribute corrugated boxes and shipping materials. The firm expects to hire more than 40 employees.
Pennsylvania has a rich history as one of the top manufacturing states in the country. It routinely receives high rankings in national polls for the benefits in operations, logistics and infrastructure that manufacturers, including those in the food processing industry, find when they choose to locate their businesses. Greater Hazleton amplifies those benefits through its strategic location to major transportation routes, lower operating costs and its skilled workforce.
Pennsylvania recently ranked in the top 10 in a national poll across five crucial industry categories including manufacturing, infrastructure and exports. Business Facilities’ Annual Rankings Report placed PA sixth in the “Top Manufacturing States” category, which measures employment totals for manufacturing jobs; fifth in the “Infrastructure Upgrades” category and 10th in the “Exports” category.
CAN DO Vice President Joseph Lettiere was named board chairman for Penn’s Northeast, a regional economic development marketing organization that works to assist businesses in locating throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania including Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Wayne and Schuylkill counties.
The goal of Penn’s Northeast is to attract quality employers to Northeastern PA. The organization’s mission is to enhance the region’s economy through new investments, job creation and increasing the amount of potential business opportunities for regional businesses through targeted business recruitment and unique lead generation activities. Penn’s Northeast does this in part by promoting the region’s assets to regional, national and international businesses.
Lettiere said he is looking forward to working with Penn’s Northeast President/CEO John L Augustine III to take the organization to a new level.
Coordinated Health, a privately held, physician-owned acute care hospital network in eastern Pennsylvania, with a current location at Church Hill Mall, broke ground in August on a 42,000 square-foot state-of-the-art medical campus and ambulatory surgical center in Humboldt Station at the intersection of Route 924 and Interstate 81.
The six-acre facility in Humboldt Station will give Coordinated Health prime visibility along Interstate 81 and is adjacent to the 3,000-acre Humboldt Industrial Park, one of the largest industrial parks in Pennsylvania, with 10,000 employees and 60 companies.
CAN DO recently sold an 8.18-acre site in the McAdoo Industrial Park to Forrester Environmental, a professional remediation services company, for the expansion of their operations.
Founded in 2001, Forrester Environmental removes particles such as asbestos, mold and lead from buildings and provides floor preparation and select demolition services. The Bloomsburg-based company is currently leasing a building and was looking to own its facility. The McAdoo Industrial Park site will allow the company to expand operations and construct an 8,000-square foot building.
When Butler Township Municipal Authority needed to find a larger location for its municipal services and administrative business, it found an ideal, centralized location that would meet its various needs in the CAN DO Corporate Center.
Butler Township officials recently finalized the purchase of a five-acre lot on Site 11 in the Corporate Center and will construct a new municipal services building that will include the police department and Magisterial District Court.
Industries thrive in Greater Hazleton’s Humboldt Industrial Park because of the area’s competitive operating costs and strategic location near the crossroads of Interstates 80 and 81. Another added benefit is immediate access to the quality railroad system that runs directly through several sections of the 3,000-acre park.
When Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad (RBMN) took over rail service in CAN DO’s Humboldt Industrial Park on January 1, companies in Greater Hazleton immediately saw the benefits they would receive from the rail carrier’s personalized service and quality access to rail transportation for their goods and services.