Tootsie Roll, Hershey, others benefit from strategic location
Hazleton’s location near the crossroads of Interstates 80 and 81 allows food processing companies to transport products to their destination quickly.
A long-standing and growing industry cluster in Greater Hazleton is food processing, as many companies that make or distribute food products are located in the area. Drawn by the region’s strategic location, proximity to major roadways and transportation networks, competitive operating environment and a highly rated workforce, companies such as Tootsie Roll Industries, The Hershey Company, Gonnella Frozen Products, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Cargill Meat Solutions and Otis Spunkmeyer have chosen to operate facilities in CAN DO’s industrial parks.
Gonnella Frozen Products makes frozen dough such as bread and rolls from Humboldt Industrial Park. The company sells its products to supermarket chains, which bake them on site to sell to grocery customers. Gonnella manufactures more than 1 million pounds of product in Hazleton each year.
A local manufacturer of sanitary paper products is expanding to CAN DO’s Multi-Tenant Building #2 (above) in Valmont Industrial Park.
A local manufacturer of sanitary paper products is expanding to CAN DO’s Multi-Tenant Building #2 in Valmont Industrial Park.
CAN DO recently purchased the building to add to its portfolio of real estate offerings. CAN DO owns, maintains and leases several hundred square feet of buildings as part of its inventory, including multi-tenant complexes.
The law firm of Laputka, Bayless, Ecker & Cohn, P.C. recently moved into new offices in the CAN DO Renaissance Center in downtown Hazleton.
The firm occupies approximately 3,500 square feet of office space on the third floor of the Renaissance Center.
Attorney Robert Sensky, one of the partners in the firm, said he appreciated working with CAN DO to find the ideal location for the firm.
“We are extremely pleased to be in this building and to remain downtown as part of the Hazleton legal and business communities. The location and the presence it provides are superb. We really could not have asked for a more suitable space. CAN DO worked hard to make this move as easy and seamless as possible for our firm and we look forward to spending many prosperous years here,” Sensky said.
Tech Packaging, Inc., recently began operations in its new facility (above) in Humboldt Industrial Park. The company provides packaging services for major household names such as Frito Lay, Del Monte, PepsiCo and Kellogg’s. About $15 million in inventory will pass through Tech Packaging’s Greater Hazleton center each year.
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., is finishing construction on its 1 million SF facility (above) in Humboldt Industrial Park. The company expects to begin operations in late June at its new distribution center, which will be the largest industrial building in the Hazleton area.
Northeastern Pennsylvania, including Greater Hazleton, is home to a growing cluster of e-commerce companies that distribute their products from the area. With numerous e-commerce companies operating in the area, the region is a major hub for logistics companies serving the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Midwest, as well as companies that sell their products over the Internet.
With the continuing increase of online retailing and the push for ever-shorter delivery windows, e-commerce companies have sought out areas where they can establish strategically located and cost-efficient fulfillment operations. The region’s combination of immediate interstate access, close proximity to the East Coast’s consumption zones, availability of FedEx and UPS service, new speculative industrial development, affordable operating costs and a great workforce backed by an exceptional higher education network, continues to drive logistics growth in the region.
Large companies continue to set Greater Hazleton as a base for their operations by establishing distribution centers in the area, learning firsthand how the area’s logistics and workforce are among the many benefits of locating here. With lower operational costs and markets throughout the country and beyond that are easily accessible in just a few hours by highway, rail, air or port, the Hazleton area is an ideal location for distribution centers.
OfficeMax’s center in Humboldt Industrial Park sends office supply products to 304 OfficeMax stores in 20 states throughout the Northeast and Midwest, along with six consolidated fulfillment centers in six different states, shipping 9.5 million cases each year. In a typical day, the distribution center receives 34,500 cases and sends 36,000 cases, delivering to about 85 stores.
Companies are continuing to see the value of Greater Hazleton for their business, with several building new facilities or expanding in the recent months. These companies have cited factors such as the area’s workforce and easy access to major highways, airports and ports as pivotal in their decision to locate in the Hazleton area.
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. is constructing a 1-million-square-foot distribution center on a 128-acre parcel of land in Humboldt Industrial Park. AEO began construction this summer on the $160 million facility, which will ship items directly to consumers. When the new building is completed, it will be the largest industrial building in Greater Hazleton.
American Eagle Outfitters is a leading specialty retailer that targets younger consumers. The company is based in Pennsylvania, with headquarters near Pittsburgh. CEO Robert Hanson said, “Due to the growth of American Eagle Outfitters, we are delighted to launch this new distribution center that will bring additional jobs to the Pennsylvania community. We are pleased that AEO will have a greater presence in the Commonwealth.”
CAN DO has upgraded and enhanced its website, rebuilding it from the ground up to be more usable as well as mobile friendly for tablet and phone devices.
The new web site uses a state-of-the-art development technique called “responsive design,” which enables the site to automatically respond and reflow to fit the many sizes of devices that exist today.
From tablets to phones to widescreen desktops, the new site is easier to view and use.
Tech Packaging, Inc. a contract packaging firm based in Jacksonville, Fla., announced on July 31 that it is constructing a new 223,200-square-foot facility that will handle approximately $15 million in inventory a year in Humboldt Industrial Park, Hazle Township.
The company expects to hire 95 full-time workers within three years of the plant’s opening next spring. Tech Packaging, Inc. also operates a facility in Berwick.
Founded in 1990, Tech Packaging, Inc. provides a variety of packaging services including shrink wrapping, over wrapping, blister packs and clamshells, as well as repacking, relabeling and date coding services. Among the company’s many corporate clients are PepsiCo, Frito Lay, Del Monte, Unilever, Ocean Spray and Kellogg’s.
Company founder and President Bob Janes said Greater Hazleton was an excellent site for his company’s expansion. “We chose the area in large part because of its logistics, including the proximity to Interstates 81 and 80. Since our company has been experiencing such a large volume of growth, we wanted a bigger location and saw the site in Humboldt Industrial Park as perfect for our needs. The size of this building will be advantageous for our company and lead to cost savings for our customers,” he said.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said the project is expected to generate a total capital investment in excess of $12.4 million in infrastructure, equipment and employee training costs, resulting in 95 new jobs and 245 more retained positions in Luzerne County.
(Hazleton, PA – May 22, 2013) – American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., a leading specialty retailer with more than 920 stores in the U.S. and Canada that targets younger consumers, announced today that it is constructing a one million square foot direct-to-consumer distribution center in Humboldt Industrial Park, Hazle Township.
Today’s announcement was made by AEO during an earnings teleconference with investors and by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in a press statement that said the company will invest more than $160 million to construct the distribution center that will bring 369 new jobs to Greater Hazleton over the next four years. AEO will also employ around 600 more part-time workers during peak seasons.
“AEO’s decision to locate its newest distribution center in Humboldt Industrial Park is further testament to what many other companies located here already know… Greater Hazleton is a perfect location for industry, not only because of our ideal location in the Northeast, but also for our dedicated quality workforce,” said Kevin O’Donnell, CAN DO’s president.