Belgian Katoen Natie  nv expands in Norfolk, Virginia its freight and distribution center

April 2021: Governor Ralph Northam announced that Katoen Natie Norfolk Inc., a plastics and polymers warehousing and distribution company and subsidiary of Katoen Natie nv, will invest $61 million to expand its freight distribution center in the City of Norfolk.
The company will add a 243,000-square-foot warehouse and rail facility to its existing operation and create 35 new jobs.


“Katoen Natie Norfolk is a key contributor to Virginia’s position as a world-class transportation and logistics hub, and we are pleased to see the company increase its capabilities to meet increased demand in Hampton Roads,” said Governor Northam. “The supply chain industry in our Commonwealth continues to gain momentum, in large part due to The Port of Virginia’s unparalleled infrastructure. With a significant investment that spans multiple sectors of our economy, this expansion will help fuel our ongoing recovery efforts as well as the company’s continued growth.”

April 2021: STS Group AG, a leading German global system supplier of interior and exterior parts for commercial vehicles, will invest $39 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Wythe County’s Progress Park. The new facility, operating as subsidiary STS Group North America, will supply Volvo Trucks in Pulaski County and other truck and automotive facilities throughout the Midwest and Southeastern U.S. markets, creating 120 new jobs. 
 
“The presence of STS Group North America in Wythe County will go a long way toward strengthening Virginia’s growing automotive manufacturing sector,” said Governor Northam. “This is just the latest example of an international company selecting our Commonwealth as the ideal location to do business, thanks to our competitive operating costs, world-class workforce, and outstanding quality of life. We thank STS for creating new jobs and investing in Southwest Virginia and look forward to building a strong partnership in the years to come.”
 

Packaging Manufacturer Sharp, a subsidiary of UDG Healthcare plc Brings Hundreds of New Jobs to Lehigh Valley Region after Expanding with Third PA Location

April 2021: Governor Tom Wolf announced that Sharp, a global leader in advanced clinical supply chain services and contract pharmaceutical packaging with a strong presence in Pennsylvania, will expand operations at existing facilities in Allentown and Conshohocken and into a third facility in Macungie Borough, Lehigh County, retaining 1,092 current positions and creating 335 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.   Sharp, which is part of UDG Healthcare plc, has an international footprint with facilities in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the Netherlands and has been delivering safe, high-quality, contract packaging services to the world’s biggest healthcare brands for more than 65 years.  

The company will increase its manufacturing capacity by upgrading and partially re-purposing some of its four-facility Allentown campus, upgrade and obtain new machinery and equipment for its two-facility Conshohocken site, and carry out building improvements and obtain new machinery and equipment at its recently acquired 170,000 sq. ft. facility in Macungie Borough.  “Sharp has a long history and a proven commitment to the Lehigh Valley area and we will continue to offer career opportunities and skills training within our local communities, as our employees deliver vital packaging services for our pharmaceutical clients,” said Sharp President Kevin Orfan.

Sharp received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $140,400 workforce development grant through the WEDnet program to help the company train workers, a $1.25 million Pennsylvania First grant, and $670,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits (JCTC) to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs. The company has committed to investing $42.9 million into the project.  For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or www.dced.pa.gov .

April 22, 2021
AmCham Poland, CASE and SelectUSA are co-hosting a virtual event titled, “Demystifying Investment in the USA: Steps for Success”, highlighting foreign direct investment options and practices for Market Entry or expansions of existing Polish companies in the U.S.A. Economic developers and a VISA specialist of the US embassy Warsaw will share their expertise, before you can meet CASE members and others in one-to-one virtual meeting rooms. Please register here: https://amcham-pl.glueup.com/event/select-usa-2021-demystifying-investment-in-the-usa-steps-for-success-35207/.

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2020/42 British Furniture manufacturer Muzo sets up new Global Headquarters in Pennsylvania

Classroom learning and Office furniture producer Muzo, founded 1999 in Yorkshire, UK and Mr. Darren Buttle, the founder and CEO was waiting for the right opportunity to meet the needs of his growing business, and when it arose, he quickly jumped at the chance to lease the 74,000 square-foot facility in the Valmont Industrial Park, West Hazleton in Pennsylvania that had just recently become available.

It was 10 years ago when Buttle first decided on Greater Hazleton for a U.S. manufacturing facility. He said sales in the United States were increasing and one day he got a knock on his door back in Yorkshire. There stood a representative from the Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development, Mr. Richard Kilner who persuaded him to take a trip to Pennsylvania to explore the opportunity of opening manufacturing here.

Back In 2010, he found space in the CAN DO Corporate Center that offered him a flexible lease where he began making and shipping his furniture throughout the United States and beyond. Buttle said he particularly liked this region because it reminds him of Yorkshire. As demand for his furniture increased over the years, Muzo was running out of space and D. Buttle began researching options for a new location.

“For the last couple of years we have been trying to solve Darren’s growth problems. He needed a space that was going to be flexible enough for him to expand, not for just this next step but as he grows into the future,” EVP Joe Lettiere said. That’s when the building in Valmont became available and CAN DO worked with him to arrange a flexible lease that led to his decision to not only plan expansions in this location but also to move his global headquarters to West Hazleton, PA.

“We are a growing business. We’ve established ourselves in this region and we like the people and we like the area,” Buttle said. “Transportation routes are great here and our east coast business is very, very strong. We sell worldwide and will be exporting from here to a number of regions around the world.”

Currently distributing to 41 countries, Muzo combines the best in British design with the best in American engineering and manufacturing, Buttle said.

The company’s designs have become so popular that major corporations such as Google, Facebook and Coca-Cola are using Muzo’s furniture.

He added that the company plans on expanding its workforce here by more than 50 people over the next 12-18 months. “We will grow as fast as we can find great people,” Buttle said.

Mr. Buttle said the company plans on launching manufacturing and distribution in Valmont by February 1, 2021.

30 Oct 2020

United Kingdom’s Largest Kitchen Retailer Chooses Pennsylvania for North American Headquarters and First Manufacturing Facility

October 2020: Governor Tom Wolf announced that Wren Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of custom kitchen cabinets, will establish its North American headquarters and a manufacturing center in Luzerne County, PA.

“Wren Manufacturing’s choice to establish its North American headquarters in Pennsylvania speaks to what our commonwealth can offer to businesses looking to grow and expand,” said Gov. Wolf.

“This move will make a great difference in this Luzerne County community, making nearly 400 new jobs available as our economy moves toward recovery.” Wren Manufacturing is a privately-owned British designer, manufacturer, and retailer of custom kitchen cabinets. The company is disrupting the custom cabinet market by improving the shopping experience—enabling customization of each product online and through a virtual reality experience at its network of retail centers. The company intends to add retail centers across the North America and provide support to them from this location. The company leased a 252,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and a 10,046-square-foot office facility in Luzerne County. The company will invest $15,5 millions in leasehold improvements and new equipment.

This international move speaks to the strength of Pennsylvania’s business climate. Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin visited Wren Manufacturing’s headquarters in the United Kingdom in September 2019 on a business development mission that highlighted the commonwealth’s competitive advantages in workforce and advanced manufacturing to prospective investors considering the establishment of American operations. “We’re excited to bring our vertically integrated model to the United States, the largest home improvement market in the world,” said Rafal Klimek, Manufacturing and Logistics Director for Wren Kitchens. “Luzerne County has a tremendous amount of talent in the local area and its location allows us to reach a huge percentage of the American population within a short drive time."

Wren Manufacturing received a funding proposal from DCED for a $1.25 million Pennsylvania First grant, $392,400 in funding for job training through the WEDnet program, and $720,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. The company may also be eligible for DCED’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program.

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, with assistance from the Office of International Business Development and its representative in the United Kingdom. For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit http://dced.pa.gov.

Ohio’s affordability, proximity to automotive OEMs among key reasons for the leading global tier-one automotive supplier’s investment. Marelli announced it will open a greenfield manufacturing plant in Bowling Green, Ohio, to support new business for the company’s Interiors Unit. The facility will bring approximately 75 new jobs to the region, with construction expected to be complete in early 2021.

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