Governor Wolf Announces 50 New Manufacturing Jobs Coming to Luzerne County Through New Mickey Truck Bodies, Inc. Location
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Mickey Truck Bodies, Inc., a manufacturer of state-of-the-art delivery equipment, will establish a new site in Salem Township, Luzerne County and will create 50 new manufacturing jobs over the next three years.
“When companies choose Pennsylvania as the best place to expand, it shows the strength of our manufacturing climate,” said Governor Wolf. “This administration holds manufacturing as a top priority, so to see a company like Mickey Truck Bodies come here to set up shop and create 50 new jobs, we know that our manufacturing initiatives are working as they should.”
Mickey Truck Bodies will purchase two existing buildings totaling 158,000 square feet in Salem Township, Luzerne County and will establish a manufacturing operation to serve its Northeastern U.S. market. The company currently manufacturers at a single location in High Point, NC. This new location will enable the company to reduce transportation costs of finished goods. The company has committed to the creation of 50 new, full-time jobs and will invest at least $7 million in the project.
“The Northeastern U.S. represents a tremendous growth opportunity for Mickey Truck Bodies, and having modern manufacturing capabilities in the state of Pennsylvania will enable us to service this growth efficiently,” said Dean Sink, Mickey president and CEO. “Everyone at the state and local levels involved with this expansion has been very helpful and welcoming. We’re looking forward to becoming a positive part of the community.”
Mickey Truck Bodies received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $50,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $50,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be issued after the new jobs are created. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $2 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.
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 Berwick Industrial Development Association (BIDA).
“BIDA is pleased to welcome Mickey Truck Bodies, Inc. as the newest member of the Greater Berwick Area’s industrial community,” said Stephen Phillips, executive director of BIDA. “This long established, family-owned business will be a welcome addition to this locale’s other job generators. Numerous other service providers assisted BIDA in its recruitment effort, and appreciation is given to all those participants.”
Mickey Truck Bodies has been privately owned and operated by the Mickey family since 1904. Today, Mickey manufactures high quality all-aluminum truck bodies and trailers for several industries, including beverage, automotive battery, propane tanks, moving, emergency services, and oil and gas. The Mickey team numbers over 400 across its five U.S. locations.
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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717-783-1132