Governor Wolf Announces Tech Met Expansion, New Jobs in Washington County
April 08, 2016
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Tech Met, Inc., a custom and standard chemical milling company, will expand operations in Donora Borough, Washington County, a move that will result in 41 new, full-time jobs.
“We commend this employee-owned business for its renewed commitment to manufacturing in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “Tech Met’s success as a niche manufacturer will lead to new jobs and the reuse of an old facility and we look forward to its continued growth.”
Tech Met, Inc. will purchase the former PolyOne Corp. site on East 8th Street in Donora Borough, in anticipation of new process work for Bell Helicopter and increased demand for existing services to Barnes Aerospace. Tech Met will continue operations at its facility in Glassport, which is currently at capacity. The company has committed to making an investment of at least $5 million on the project and has committed to creating 41 new, full-time jobs and retaining 35 existing positions over the next three years.
Tech Met received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $200,000 Pennsylvania First program grant and $34,850 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $1.4 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.
“This acquisition will enable Tech Met Inc. to further expand its existing operations serving the aerospace, defense, and medical industries,” Jim Ringer, chief financial officer and general manager, Tech-Met, Inc. said. “The assistance of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Governor’s Action Team, and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce have been invaluable in helping our company to remain in the local area and provide positive employment and growth opportunities for the community.”
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
“We are excited to welcome Tech Met, Inc. and its considerable investment to Washington County,” Jeff Kotula, president, Washington County Chamber of Commerce said. “This expansion is the exact kind of advanced manufacturing company we need in the commonwealth to insure our long term economic success and add to the continued revitalization of Mon Valley communities such as Donora.”
Tech Met, Inc. is an employee-owned, custom and standard chemical milling company producing products for industrial, aerospace and medical industries. Founded in 1988, Tech Met’s work on high temperature titanium and ferrous alloys has been its primary focus. The company also conducts a variety of related processes including pickling, passivation, and HIP can removal. Tech Met has been involved in a number of process development efforts for special etching, chemical-milling, and surface preparation applications and hold a patent for surface texturing orthopedic implants using chemical milling. The company is headquartered in Glassport, Pennsylvania.
For more information on Tech Met, Inc., visit www.techmetinc.com.
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