Cranberry Township, Butler County Tops In Construction

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At a time when new construction starts across the nation have been sluggish, Cranberry posted one of the busiest building years on record, solidifying its place in the Pittsburgh metropolitan region as a leader in growth and development.

“There’s no doubt about it: Cranberry is in an enviable position,” said Jeff Burd, publisher and editor of the Breaking Ground trade journal, which looks at construction trends in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Westmoreland and Washington counties.

Planning director Ron Henshaw said the dollar value of the township’s construction permits — known as construction valuation — issued in 2011 was exceeded only in 2008, when Westinghouse received approval to build its multimillion-dollar corporate campus along Route 228.

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Allegheny Grows Targets Clairton And Natrona For Urban Farming/Gardening Programs

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When it comes to redeveloping the many communities in Allegheny County hard-hit by de-industrialization, “greening” is a big part of the solution. That’s good news for Clairton and Natrona, which have been selected as the two newest communities to participate in Allegheny Grows, an effort by the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development that creates community and workforce development opportunities through urban farming and gardening.

“Allegheny Grows builds on the county’s ongoing initiatives to revitalize older communities and distressed municipalities through sustainable development and strategic investment,” Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato said. “It also improves the environment, strengthens communities and provides access to fresh produce.”

Clairton and Natrona were selected through a competitive application process because 46.7 percent or more of each community’s households qualify as low-to-moderate income, which is a requirement to participate.

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Brownsville Marine Products Ramps Up Barge Production


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Tim Scheib is in his element, barging through puddles separating the production buildings of Brownsville Marine Products and eagerly pointing out where $14 million is being invested to improve the efficiency of the Monongahela River plant.

A bracing breeze off the river cannot dampen the enthusiasm of Mr. Scheib, who holds degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is president of theBrownsvillebarge maker. Once the project is completed in April, Brownsville Marine will be able to launch a 200-foot-by-35-foot, 340-ton barge every two days.

With nearly 90 percent of the company’s capacity booked through 2014, Mr. Scheib said his biggest concern is being able to find the workers needed to supplement the 307 employees working three shifts a day, five days a week.

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Construction Of Pioneer Plaza In Carbondale Underway

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CARBONDALE, PA – Despite years of delays and false starts, an ambitious hotel and banquet hall development project is rising from a patch of vacant land along Main Street in downtown Carbondale – finally.

Construction crews have been swinging steel beams into place, piecing together the structural skeleton of two floors of the $14 million Pioneer Plaza complex.

“We’re coming along pretty good,” said project developer Daniel Siniawa, owner of Dickson City-based Daniel Siniawa & Associates, whose company transformed Business Route 6 in Lackawanna County into a retail and shopping corridor.

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Susquehanna County Rail-Trail Organization Awarded Funds To Renovate Trail

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A Susquehanna County rail-trail organization recently awarded federal and state funds to renovate the second stretch of its 38-mile trail is trying to balance its current and future conservation goals as it considers signing easement agreements for natural gas pipelines in its right of way.

The Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania has not yet signed an agreement, but it has negotiated with as many as six different pipeline companies in the last three years in the hope of reaching a deal for part or all of the recreational corridor, council President Kirk W. Newsom said.

The nonprofit’s D&H Rail-Trail runs 38 miles from Fell Twp. north to the New York border through Union Dale, Ararat, Starrucca, Susquehanna and seven other municipalities. It borders a region busy with Marcellus Shale natural gas development.
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Lititz Electronics Firm Gets Multimillion Dollar Government Contract

Sechan Electronics has received a contract worth up to $64.2 million to make a key electronics assembly used in high-tech military tracking systems.

The contract, which could run five years, calls for making signal data processors for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense said this week.

In the initial $13.8 million phase of the contract, Sechan will make 84 of the signal data processor assemblies by October 2016 for the Navy and Australia, the DOD said.

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$10 Million Redevelopment Project Slated For York

A $10 million redevelopment plan in York that has a direct link to Reading gained momentum on Wednesday with the purchase of a 47,000-square-foot building by a partnership that includes three members of the rock group Live and real estate developer Bill Hynes.

Think Spot Development of Lancaster, which includes Hynes and Live members Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey, bought the structure at 210-236 York St. in York from Molt LLC, according to Hynes.

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