Since 1956, CAN DO has been one of the leading economic development corporations in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We’ve assisted hundreds of companies with finding the right location for their operations, helped them work with local and state agencies, obtained financing through grants and loans and aided with expansions. We are a one-stop source for all of your financing needs, whether you are looking for loans through a local bank or assistance from government institutions.
CAN DO understands that, in business development, financial assistance often plays an integral role in the success of a project or growth of a business. Low-interest loans, grants and other services with the goal of creating jobs are available to assist businesses with their activities. Some of the grants and loans include land and building acquisition loans, Small Business First loans, machinery and equipment loans, workforce training grants and job creation and investment loans.
Acting as a liaison between businesses and service providers, CAN DO provides tailored solutions to its clients. We have decades of experience in identifying the appropriate comprehensive funding resources that leverage federal, state, regional and local funding.
CAN DO has been certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) as a certified economic development organization (CEDO), enabling the organization to act as a conduit for state funding. We work closely with the DCED, whose mission is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy.
Our financing experts guide companies through all stages of the process, beginning with explaining the variety of available funding packages. They can also help with completing and submitting funding applications.
“The three main draws of this area were the location between Interstates 81 and 80, which works very well for us; the Keystone Opportunity Zone program; and the workforce in the Hazleton area, which is very good. Hiring people was not an issue at all. We received hundreds of applications for the positions we had available and have maintained most of the people we initially hired.”
“We went out and looked in this wonderful community and found lots of great leaders, great leaders who are going to take us to the next level. But the most important thing that happened was we found all of you, the wonderful, highly committed, highly dedicated, passionate people of Hazleton that we now call AutoZoners. Of all of the distribution centers that I have ever seen open, I have never seen one open as seamlessly as this one.”
Chairman, President and CEO
“Gonnella Frozen Products, a manufacturer of frozen bread dough, employs a labor force of 100 in our Hazleton facility. Locally, we have found a large and diverse group of skilled individuals seeking long-term employment and career advancement. Our employees are committed and dedicated to their work, and due to the hard work of this labor force we have seen our business progressively increase.”
Human Resources/Safety Manager
Gonnella Frozen Products
“In the spring of 2009, Tootsie Roll Industries opened its Northeast Distribution Center in Hazleton, Pa. Logistically, it would be very difficult to find a location better suited for servicing the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Since our employees are responsible for the proper handling of 70 million pounds (5 million cases) of merchandise for our customers that must be shipped and delivered on time, it was critical that we find and hire only the best employees. This group of employees has exceeded our expectations, and as we continue to grow over the years, we are confident the Hazleton area will supply us with many more outstanding candidates.”
Tootsie Roll Industries
“The Hershey Company is very pleased to have such a great operating facility in Hazleton. Our employees are our greatest asset, and we are fortunate to have great people working at the Hazleton plant... many with more than 20 years of service.”
The Hershey Company
“Employing over 500 locally, the West Hazleton plant is the largest producer of flexible packaging bags for the bakery business in the United States. The exceptional work ethic of our employees is evidenced in our plant being in business for 44 years. That, coupled with the skill level of the Hazleton workforce, has enabled us to rank at the top in productivity among five manufacturing plants in Bemis’ Polyethylene Packaging division.”
Human Resources Manager
Bemis Polyethylene Packaging Division
“Our employees at the Hazleton plant are very good at getting the job done. We’re thrilled with the workers we have been able to recruit in Hazleton. We’ve been operating in Hazleton since 1987 and are currently printing directories 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Humboldt is a fantastic location for our business.”
"When we made the commitment to come to Hazle Township, we knew we would be building on a very special place in a very special community. We looked at various locations in and around Eastern Pennsylvania to grow upon the success we’ve had in the Lehigh Valley, and decided to plant our new roots in Hazle Township. It’s a superb location with superb people. Greater Hazleton is a special place to live and work. U.S. Cold Storage has assembled a talented, multifaceted workforce of the local residents. The cooperation we have received from the local, county and state governments has been outstanding. We look forward to becoming a more involved member of the business community.
We found Humboldt Industrial Park an ideal location for a distribution center because of the close proximity to Interstates 81 and 80. In addition, the dynamic growth and excellent workforce in the area matches what we look for in selecting a site for a new location."
Vice President of Corporate Development and Logistics
United States Cold Storage
“At Web.com, we focus on helping small businesses start and market their businesses on the Web. Our Hazleton Customer Service Center employs approximately 200 employees with a variety of skills, including seasoned customer service representatives and highly skilled technical engineers. We are continually seeking trained technical candidates to join the Hazleton call center team. Over the last year our Hazleton Center has been an integral part of the growth of the company. We have been recognized for providing “An Outstanding Customer Service Experience” from J.D. Power and Associates for four consecutive years. Since Network Solutions has opened our doors in the Can Do Corporate Business Park, we have had the pleasure of hiring some of the area’s finest people. We look forward to a continued relationship with the community, the Greater Hazleton area businesses and our employees.”
Senior Director, Customer Service
“A leading provider of plastic foodservice and custom thermoformed packaging solutions, Fabri-Kal is proud to have celebrated its 60th anniversary in the packaging industry. We have operated Fabri-Kal’s Hazleton plant for 42 years and have found the productivity of the workforce to be above average and reflective of a strong work ethic. Contributing to our success in Hazleton is our close proximity to major interstates and ability to recruit from a diverse population in an area where the cost of living is reasonable.”
Greater Hazleton and the surrounding region have a workforce that is qualified, ready and available.
Senior Human Resources Manager Sandy Sola said American Eagle Outfitters received hundreds of applicants for its positions, and the company has been pleased with the caliber of Greater Hazleton’s workforce. “Part of our staffing strategy is to partner with local temporary agencies to help us secure our entry-level workforce. We are currently in the process of converting many of those individuals to full-time employment. And, we still have a very healthy candidate pipeline of individuals trying to find positions with American Eagle Outfitters,” she said.Read More