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.
When a group of investors decided they wanted to sell their investment property in Humboldt Industrial Park, CAN DO, Inc. stepped in and purchased the building to ensure that its tenant, plastics manufacturer Pretium Packaging, could continue its operations without interruption.
The 123,000-square-foot facility on Forest Road became the latest investment in CAN DO’s real estate portfolio. “We wanted to ensure that Pretium Packaging remains in Hazleton and continues to provide jobs for its approximately 150 employees,” said Joseph Lettiere, CAN DO’s Vice President.
Greater Hazleton has proven on numerous occasions that it possesses an abundance of available employees who are highly skilled at a variety of business and industry positions and are dedicated to effectively doing their jobs every day.
This was evident again earlier this year when internet services company Web.com chose to re-shore 74 jobs from the Philippines to its facility in the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums, increasing the company’s workforce to nearly 350 employees.
Governor Tom Wolf conducted a press conference at the Drums facility to officially announce the completion of the re-shoring efforts. Wolf spoke highly of the many positive attributes companies will find in Greater Hazleton.
CAN DO adds another shovel ready site to its already significant portfolio. A 52.7-acre site with immediate access to Interstate 81 and all utilities in place right at the curb is available in the Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania.
The site was recently rezoned from general commercial to industrial and is suitable for manufacturing, distribution and logistics companies. It has a dual water source and easy access into and out of the park via Interstate 81 and State Route 924. It has prime visibility from Interstate 81 and is just eight miles from Interstate 80.
Greater Hazleton has positioned itself as an ideal location for businesses in the food processing industry due to its strategic location near the crossroads of Interstate 80 and 81 and its dedicated and highly-skilled workforce.
CAN DO, Inc. is focused on bringing food processing industries to the area to take advantage of the region’s many qualities, including the competitive operating environment, an abundant water supply and rail service. The organization promotes its ability to serve the food processing industry through its We CAN DO Food blog at www.wecandofood.com.