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One S. Church Street, Suite 200, Hazleton, PA 18201
p: 570.455.1508   f: 570.454.7787

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.

Prototype Plastics Facility in Greater Hazleton

Jobs - 225

Building size - 175,000 SF

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

plastics operating costs


Plastics Industry Prototype Facility
Annual Operating Costs
Metro Area Total Labor Costs Electric Power Costs Natural Gas Power Costs Amoritzation Costs Property and Sales Tax Cost Total Operating Cost
Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA $10,635,544 $495,444 $80,400 $2,055,555 $1,182,009 $14,448,952
Allentown/Bethlehem, PA $11,291,767 $495,444 $127,200 $2,218,555 $1,319,333 $15,452,299
Philadelphia, PA $12,350,001 $422,412 $147,000 $2,480,775 $1,623,954 $17,024,142
Newark, NJ $12,757,923 $702,120 $157,800 $2,695,341 $1,723,737 $18,036,921
New Brunswick, NJ $12,988,488 $702,120 $157,800 $2,615,287 $1,620,913 $18,084,608
Rochester, NY $11,812,016 $613,800 $91,200 $2,101,469 $1,491,217 $16,109,702
Long Island, NY $12,858,426 $796,754 $178,800 $2,738,715 $2,141,017 $18,713,712
White Plains/Westchester County, NY $12,604,213 $1,034,460 $178,800 $2,861,482 $1,942,560 $18,621,515
The Boyd Company, February 2017


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

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