Governor Wolf Announces Grant to Sustain 700 Jobs, Improve Rail Connections at Mercer County Steel Plant

December 21, 2016

Harrisburg, PA –Governor Tom Wolf today announced a $1 million grant to Novolipetsk Steel for rail improvements at its Farrell, Mercer County steel plant that will help the operation remain competitive and preserve more than 700 family sustaining jobs.

“This investment furthers my administration’s goal of creating an environment for ensuring the people of Pennsylvania have jobs that pay,” Governor Wolf said. “This grant will help NLMK make much needed upgrades to tracks and equipment used to ship its products to market.”

The grant will allow rehabilitation of 8,300 feet of track, crossties and ballast and improve grade crossings in its 13-mile rail network at the plant. The company also will replace locomotives and install additional loading docks and modify some docks.

The grant application was submitted by Penn Northwest Development Corporation on behalf of NLMK. NLMK was first known as Duferco Farrell Corporation. The scrap salvage company makes metal casing for Whirlpool, Frigidaire and other products for appliance companies.

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