Governor Wolf Announces Redevelopment of Former Duquesne Works Steel Mill Site in the Mon Valley
August 17, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced state support to prepare the former USX Duquesne Works brownfield site in Allegheny County for construction of a new manufacturing facility.
“This transformative project represents a truly impactful investment in the Mon Valley,” said Governor Wolf. “My administration is committed to projects that help spark private-sector job creation efforts and make a sustainable difference in the lives of Pennsylvanians.”
RIDC Southwestern Growth Fund was awarded a $500,000 grant for removal of slag, unsuitable soil, demolition of concrete steel mill foundations, extension of utility infrastructure, and preparation of the brownfield site for new building construction. The site preparation, demolition, and utility infrastructure will enable the construction of a manufacturing facility of approximately 320,000 square feet on the former steel mill site. Once completed, the project is expected to result in 100 new manufacturing jobs for residents of the Mon Valley and will further benefit local businesses such as day care companies, restaurants, and shops due to the increased customer base.
“The Mon Valley has been financially distressed for years, and has not yet fully recovered from the loss of the steel industry – but this project at the site of the former USX Duquesne Works is the kind of development that turns a community around,” said Sen. James Brewster. “At this brownfield site will soon stand a huge manufacturing facility that will employ more than 100 employees. I thank Governor Wolf for recognizing the potential of this project and of the Mon Valley.”
“This grant means so much to the City of Duquesne in terms of employment, along with economic and regional redevelopment,” said Rep. Austin Davis. “Turning our former steel works plant into a viable 21st century industrial facility that will provide jobs for over 100 or more area residents is great news for the Mon Valley.”
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.