Lehigh Heavy Forge Deal Could Bring 100 Jobs To Valley

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As the U.S. moves forward in bolstering its nuclear technology and power grids, one of the Lehigh Valley‘s longest-standing manufacturing companies stands to benefit in terms of job creation and expansion.

Bethlehem-based Lehigh Heavy Forge, the only remaining super heavy forging operation in the country and the largest open die forging process in the Western Hemisphere, will see more jobs come on line in the next 10 years as the result of a partnership announced Wednesday with the Babcock & Wilcox Co., a provider of clean energy technology to nuclear and renewable power markets.

At a press conference Wednesday at the company facility adjacent to the Sands Casino on grounds once occupied by Bethlehem Steel, company President Jim Romeo said Lehigh Heavy Forge will see about 100 engineering and manufacturing jobs created by 2022 as a result of the contract with Babcock & Wilcox to provide forgings for small modular reactors.

“It is with great anticipation that we look forward to our partnership with B&W,” said Romeo, who was joined at the podium by Christofer Mowry, president of Babcock & Wilcox mPower, and Gov. Tom Corbett.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-lehigh-valley-forge-nuclear-20121128,0,489903.story

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Water Bottling Company To Locate New Facility In Lehigh Valley

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Ice River Springs Water Co., Inc will locate its new bottling and manufacturing facility in the Lehigh Valley and create 49 new jobs, according to an announcement today by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Ice River Springs, with facilities in seven locations in the United States and Canada, will lease an existing 100,000 square-foot facility in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, with an option to purchase after one year.

The company will invest $21 million in leasehold improvements, new equipment and employee training and has committed to creating at least 49 new jobs within the next three years, the press release said.

Ice River Springs Water Co. Executive Vice President Sandy Gott said the new site “is a great location for our business, it has access to key markets for us, allowing us to locate closer to our customers.”

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-water-company-web-20121129,0,6739983.story

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Sharp Corp. Wants To Expand In Upper Macungie Township

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The Sharp Corporation wants to expand its operations at its pharmaceutical packaging location in Fogelsville, company represenattives told the Upper Macungie Planning Commission on Wednesday.

Sharp plans to add floor space to its existing building where it will build multiple clean rooms used to package drugs for a variety of clients.

Paul A. Szewczak, an executive with Liberty Engineering, Inc., Sharp will also remodel an adjacent 25,000 square foot building on Keebler Way and use that additional space for production.

According to Szewczak, Boyle Construction Management will build the addition to the structure formerly occupied by the Keebler Company. He said construction would be done in two phases, with remodeling of the existing building being the first phase.  Work on the project will start after Jan. 1.

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/news/local/parkland/mc-upper-macungie-sharp-20121123,0,6103020.story

Redesigned Fulton Bank Project Gets Lancaster Board Approval

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A redesigned street-level facade for the planned Fulton Bank expansion won approval and praise from members of Lancaster city’s Historical Commission  this week.

But the eight-story office building project was not greeted as warmly by a dozen members of the public.

“Is there any way to make it look less like an eight-track player?” Marty Hulse, owner of Building Character, asked project architect Rick Beck.

Beck, of the Philadelphia firm Francis Cauffman, explained the contemporary office building draws from the mid-century modern style popular about 60 years ago. Large windows capping the building on the top two floors are a currently popular style of architecture, he said.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/783378_Redesigned-Fulton-Bank-project-gets-city-board-approval.html#ixzz2D41Ji3D1

Bethlehem Approves $10 Million To Improve Old Steel Plant

The Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority approved this week a $10 million bond that will help pay for the next round of infrastructure projects for redeveloping Bethlehem Steel property.

The projects include hundreds of new paved parking spots and an elevated walkway on what was once known as the Hoover Mason Trestle. The century-old trestle was used by Steel to move fuel from the ore yard, where the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem sits, to the blast furnaces, which is now the backdrop for indoor and outdoor concerts at SteelStacks.

“We want to make sure the investment we make is both strategic and relevant enough that it will stimulate additional development on the site,” said Tony Hanna, executive director of the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority.

The project totals nearly $16 million worth of improvements and a second bond is expected to be taken out next year.

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/news/local/bethlehem/mc-bethlehem-tif-bond-approval-20121116,0,7492941.story

Pittsburgh’s Oakland Neighborhood Shaping ‘Monster’ Of Long-Term Vision Plan

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A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its neighborhoods labeled. For use primarily in the list of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Long-term vision plans are becoming the norm for neighborhoods, but rarely do they cross as many borders and pack so much influence as the new “Oakland 2025: A vision for sustainable living and mobility.”

In neighborhoods as small as Larimer and the Central Northside, the process can take a year or more with diverse interests making consensus a challenge. Oakland 2025 could be the mother of all vision plans.

Guided by the Oakland Planning and Development Corp., the process bridged four neighborhoods and brought to the same table residents; design consultants; more than a dozen nonprofits — from Bike Pittsburgh to United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh — business owners; three city councilmen and two state representatives; transportation experts; the Urban Redevelopment Authority; and institutions that include the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Carlow University, UPMC, the Allegheny County Health Department and Port Authority.

“It’s a monster,” said Wanda Wilson, executive director of the Oakland Planning and Development Corp. “I think the thing that’s going to help [with implementation] is that we have these partnerships in place — not that it’s going to be a piece of cake.”

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/oakland-shaping-monster-of-long-term-vision-plan-660703/#ixzz2BMy8HwUd