The Pennsylvania Advantage

By: Dennis M. Davin, Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development

August 16, 2016

The past few weeks have been full of excitement as Governor Wolf announced the private sector commitment to the creation of more than 975 new, full-time jobs throughout Pennsylvania. Among these announcements, three out-of-state businesses that have made the choice that Pennsylvania is the best place to grow and expand.

First, on August 4, the governor announced that Hadley Farms, Inc., a manufacturer of wholesale baked goods for the food service, fundraising, and retail markets, plans to purchase a 20-acre site in Waynesboro, Franklin County, and construct a 105,000-square-foot manufacturing and freezer storage facility. In total, the project will create at least 121 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. Hadley Farms chose to leave its current location in Maryland to pursue the competitive land costs, skilled and dependable workforce, and convenient shipping and logistics opportunities that Pennsylvania offers.

Less than a week later, on August 9, the governor announced that Manitowoc Cranes, LLC, a global manufacturer of cranes and lift solutions, would create 250 new jobs through the consolidation of its Manitowoc, Wisconsin facility into its existing site in Shady Grove, Franklin County. In addition to hiring 250 new employees over the next three years, Manitowoc has committed to maintain its new positions, and retain its current workforce of 891, for an additional four years. Manitowoc’s significant investment in South Central Pennsylvania makes evident its strong commitment to the community and its understanding that Pennsylvania is the best location to grow its business.

Again, today, the governor announced that Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, a chemistry forage lab serving the dairy industry, plans to relocate its operations to a renovated facility in Waynesboro, Franklin County and create 78 new, full-time jobs. The company chose Pennsylvania for its new location due to our business-friendly climate, our strong agricultural focus, and the value we place on industry’s benefits to the economy.

Take a look at some of the coverage below:
  • PennLive: Hadley Farms will construct a new manufacturing and freezer storage facility
  • WHAG-TV (Hagerstown, Md.): Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf announces that Hadley Farms is coming to Franklin County
  • WITF: Manitowoc’s move to create 250 midstate jobs
  • Central Penn Business Journal: Manitowoc Cranes bringing 250 new jobs to region
  • The Record Herald (Waynesboro): Expansion to bring 250 jobs to Manitowoc
  • The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Md.): Manitowoc Co. to consolidate crane production in Antrim Township
  • WHAG-TV: Governor Wolf announces 250 new jobs with company expansion in Franklin County

Under the leadership of Governor Wolf, the Governor’s Action Team has been busier than ever, reminding the world that Pennsylvania is open for business. Since the governor has taken office DCED has secured at least $2.3 billion in private sector investments and commitments for the creation and retention of nearly 204,000 full-time jobs. These developments further demonstrate that Pennsylvania has what it takes to help businesses succeed – from our skilled workforce, to our prime location, to our exceptional quality of life – Pennsylvania outshines the competition.

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