Company Bringing 95 Jobs To Hazleton Area

English: Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania h...

English: Map of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania highlighting Hazle Township (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HAZLE TWP. —More than 250 jobs, including 95 newly created ones, will be coming to southern Luzerne County over the next three years as a packaging firm moves into an under-construction facility in the Humboldt Industrial Park next year.

Tech Packaging Inc., a contract packaging firm based in Jacksonville, Fla., announced Wednesday it is constructing a 223,200-square-foot facility with the aim of opening in the spring.

As heavy machinery readied the lot off Oak Ridge Road, elected officials, economic development leaders and others welcomed Bob Janes, the company’s president.

As guests — including state Sen. John Yudichak, state Rep. Tarah Toohil and Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce chief Donna Palermo — listened to speeches and made some of their own, the roar of the bulldozers and rollers echoed in the background.

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Mericle Plans To Develop 1,700 Acres Of Commercial Property

A massive development of commercial real estate is under way in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties that will open up approximately 15 million square feet of space and the opportunity to create or retain thousands of new jobs in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services plans to prepare more than 90 sites and build dozens of speculative commercial buildings on about 1,700 acres it owns in 10 business parks in the two counties, Mericle spokesman Jim Cummings said Thursday.

Mr. Cummings said the investment, which will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, is part of a new initiative called “Ready to Go” that will market the prepared sites for possible manufacturing, distribution, office and medical jobs. The project represents about a decade of work, he said.

The sites range from 1.15 acres to 125 acres and can accommodate companies needing buildings from less than 5,000 square feet to more than 1.4 million square feet. Filling the space will depend on the economy, Mr. Cummings said.

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