Governor Wolf Announces Funding for Renovation of ACIDA Manufacturing Site in Lehigh County

August 08, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to renovate the Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority’s (ACIDA) manufacturing site in Allentown, Lehigh County, which will provide up to 75 new manufacturing jobs to the city upon full occupancy.

“Investing in Pennsylvania’s economy to create good, middle class jobs, especially in manufacturing, is one of my top priorities,” said Governor Wolf. “Businesses are expanding in the Lehigh Valley, and this funding will help to give new life to an important manufacturing site. When combined with our well-trained and talented workforce, it will continue the efforts to strengthen Allentown’s growing economy.”

“Renovation of the Allentown Metal Works will play a key role in the city’s continued economic redevelopment,” said Representative Peter Schweyer. “Moving forward with this project will open up job opportunities for our residents and I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Wolf, Representative Schlossberg and the Allentown Economic Development Corporation to develop this site.”

“The Allentown Metal Works is at the heart of Allentown’s manufacturing history,” said Representative Michael Schlossberg. “I am thrilled to work with Governor Wolf and Representative Schweyer to help create jobs that pay at this location during these exciting times in Allentown.”

Allentown Economic Development Corporation was approved for a $500,000 grant for the costs associated with roof replacement, wall and ceiling insulation, and replacement of windows and doors at the 52,000-square-foot facility. The existing building was constructed in approximately 1903 and is significantly dilapidated. The renovated building, which will be capable of supporting 25-ton overhead cranes, will provide a code-compliant shell ready for tenant fit-out by a heavy steel fabricator or similar manufacturing use. Upon full occupancy, the building is expected to house 50-75 employees.

The project is especially important for Allentown due to the short supply of manufacturing space in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Developing pad-ready manufacturing sites helps attract business to the area, creates family-sustaining jobs, and can spur further economic development in the area.

Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.

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