Pennsylvania Plans To Court Boeing For New Factory

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pennsylvania plans to join a high-stakes competition for the chance to assemble the Boeing Co.’s new 777X jet, a competition that likely will require the players to pony up tax breaks and other economic incentives in hopes of winning.

The commonwealth intends to submit a proposal to Boeing by the deadline today in a bid to land the jetliner’s production and lure thousands of well-paying jobs from Everett, Wash.

“Any time there’s an opportunity to attract jobs and investment to the commonwealth, we’re certainly going to do that,” said Steven Kratz, spokesman for the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

But Pennsylvania hardly is alone. The competition for the assembly plant — and the 8,500 jobs it could create at its peak — is likely to be fierce. As many as 12 to 15 states received invitations from the Chicago-based jet manufacturer to bid for the plant, with the goal to start production of the 777X in 2017.

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Urban Outfitters Adding 2,500 Jobs In Region

English: The Urban Outfitters store in Union S...

English: The Urban Outfitters store in Union Square, San Francisco. Español: El Urban Outfitters tienda en Union Square de San Francisco. Français : Le magasin Urban Outfitters à Union Square, San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Urban Outfitters, the iconic purveyor of hip clothing and housewares, is expanding its Philadelphia headquarters and adding a mail-order facility in Lancaster County.

The expansion will ultimately mean an additional 2,000 jobs in the city and another 500 in Gap, according to Richard Hayne, Urban Outfitter’s founder and chief executive officer.


West Donegal Site Competes For $150 Million Project

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With a big economic fish eyeing a move to the Conewago Industrial Park, local officials are deploying tax incentives to help land it.

An unidentified company that might build a fulfillment center costing as much as $150 million and bringing “hundreds of jobs” to the area has put the West Donegal industrial park among its top possible locations.

To make the industrial park just west of Elizabethtown more attractive, school and township officials have agreed to ease taxes on any new construction on a 160-acre parcel of land.

The new facility, which might eventually comprise 1 million-square feet, could be the second large distribution center being considered for Lancaster County. Urban Outfitters is looking at a similar-sized center in Salisbury Township.

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Company Bringing 95 Jobs To Hazleton Area

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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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Procter & Gamble Distribution Center To Create 1,000 Jobs Near Shippensburg

Procter and Gamble Twin Towers Cincinnati

Procter and Gamble Twin Towers Cincinnati (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Procter & Gamble will open a new distribution center near Shippensburg, creating nearly 1,000 new jobs.

The company was identified Thursday as the mystery tenant seeking to build a massive distribution center on Olde Scotland Road, Southampton Township (Franklin County).

Construction is expected to be finished by next summer. Once fully operational, the facility is expected to employ four to six Procter & Gamble employees and 900 to 1,000 contractors.

Procter & Gamble spokesman Jeff LeRoy said a contractor has not been chosen yet, so it is too early to say when hiring will start.

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Boyertown’s Gateway Starts $7 Million Project In Colebrookdale Township

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc. broke ground Wednesday on the construction of a $7 million global headquarters in Colebrookdale Township.

Gateway manufactures ticketing, point of sale and admission control systems to entertainment venues, passenger transportation companies and nonprofit organizations.

The 42,000-square-foot, two-story building at 445 County Line Road is partially financed by a Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan. Completion is expected next spring.

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Dollar General Could Soon Start Berks Park 78 Hiring

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Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dollar General could start recruiting employees for its new distribution center at Berks Park 78 in Bethel Township in late August or September, a Berks official said Wednesday.

The Goodlettsville, Tenn., company is building a state-of-the-art distribution facility off Interstate 78 and will be looking to fill more than 500 jobs in the region.

Thomas C. McKeon, executive director of the Berks County Industrial Development Authority, said he has been in touch with a Dollar General human resources official who said the recruitment process would begin soon.

“He wouldn’t say it was official, and everything is fluid,” McKeon said. “But he said it’s probably late August or September, but that could change.”

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