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Targeted Industries

In economic development, when you see a group of similar companies moving to a geographically small area, you pay attention. These industry clusters - companies that are linked by common goods, services, or clients - are an excellent indicator of how a particular business sector feels about an area. It's like word-of-mouth advertising.

While each cluster has its own industry-specific need, those operating in Greater Hazleton have also been impressed by our location along the Interstates 81-80 corridor, our dedicated workforce, low operating costs and our in-place infrastructure.

For example, nationally known companies like refrigerated warehouse company United States Cold Storage and cocoa manufacturer Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate are located in the Humboldt Industrial Park, joining a growing number of food service giants in CAN DO parks such as Aryzta, Bimbo Bakeries and The Hershey Company.

Click the tabs below to find out more about the Food Processing, Plastics, and E-commerce/Distribution sectors in Greater Hazleton.

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Pennsylvania holds a reputation as a world leader in plastics by providing resources to companies and giving them a competitive edge within the industry.

Greater Hazleton Plastics Companies

Many in the plastics industry have already found a home in Greater Hazleton, Pennsylvania.

Listed below are those companies that have found the workforce, infrastructure and location of Greater Hazleton the ideal operating environment to meet the demands of today's high-tech plastics industry:

Cost of Doing Business

Lower Operating Costs

Among the number of advantages, none is more beneficial to a business’ bottom line than the low operating costs combined with the strategic location of our community.

In an independent, verified analysis researched and prepared by The Boyd Company, a international independent location consulting firm that compared annual operating costs for a typical Northeastern Pennsylvania plastics manufacturing facility with annual costs for the same facility in other in communities within Pennsylvania as well as New York and New Jersey, findings show that Greater Hazleton holds a clear financial advantage compared to those states.

Statistics for a Prototype Plastics Facility in Greater Hazleton

In the report, which is linked below, overall costs were scaled to a hypothetical 225,000 sq. ft. production facility employing 350 workers. The report is designed to be a useful cost-comparison tool for a range of industry sectors.

Note: Utilities - Annual costs reflect industrial rate schedules of the respective local electric utilities serving each area. Natural gas costs are based on an assumed monthly consumption of industrial-use gas.

Source: The Boyd Company, February 2017

A copy of the complete Comparative Cost Analysis can be downloaded here.

  • Total Labor Costs
  • Electric Power Costs
  • Natural Gas Power Costs
  • Amortization Costs
  • Property and Sales Tax Costs
  • Total Operating Costs
Plastics Industry Prototype Facility Annual Operating Costs
Metro Area Total Labor Costs
Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA $10,635,544
Allentown/Bethlehem, PA $11,291,767
Philadelphia, PA $12,350,001
Newark, NJ $12,757,923
New Brunswick, NJ $12,988,488
Rochester, NY $11,812,016
Long Island, NY $12,858,426
White Plains/Westchester County, NY $12,604,213
Plastics Industry Prototype Facility Annual Operating Costs
Metro Area Electric Power Costs
Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA $495,444
Allentown/Bethlehem, PA $495,444
Philadelphia, PA $422,412
Newark, NJ $702,120
New Brunswick, NJ $702,120
Rochester, NY $613,800
Long Island, NY $796,754
White Plains/Westchester County, NY $1,034,460
Plastics Industry Prototype Facility Annual Operating Costs
Metro Area Natural Gas Power Costs
Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA $80,400
Allentown/Bethlehem, PA $127,200
Philadelphia, PA $147,000
Newark, NJ $157,800
New Brunswick, NJ $157,800
Rochester, NY $91,200
Long Island, NY $178,800
White Plains/Westchester County, NY $178,800
Plastics Industry Prototype Facility Annual Operating Costs
Metro Area Amortization Costs
Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA $2,055,555
Allentown/Bethlehem, PA $2,218,555
Philadelphia, PA $2,480,775
Newark, NJ $2,695,341
New Brunswick, NJ $2,615,287
Rochester, NY $2,101,469
Long Island, NY $2,738,715
White Plains/Westchester County, NY $2,861,482
Plastics Industry Prototype Facility Annual Operating Costs
Metro Area Property and Sales Tax Cost
Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA $1,182,009
Allentown/Bethlehem, PA $1,319,333
Philadelphia, PA $1,623,954
Newark, NJ $1,723,737
New Brunswick, NJ $1,620,913
Rochester, NY $1,491,217
Long Island, NY $2,141,017
White Plains/Westchester County, NY $1,942,560
Plastics Industry Prototype Facility Annual Operating Costs
Metro Area Total Operating Cost
Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA $14,448,952
Allentown/Bethlehem, PA $15,452,299
Philadelphia, PA $17,024,142
Newark, NJ $18,036,921
New Brunswick, NJ $18,084,608
Rochester, NY $16,109,702
Long Island, NY $18,713,712
White Plains/Westchester County, NY $18,621,515

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