Governor Wolf Announces 66 New Jobs through Expansion of Sterling Technologies, Inc. in Erie County
Author: David Misner
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Sterling Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of rotationally molded plastic products, will expand operations at its existing facility in Erie County and create 66 new full-time jobs.
“Sterling Technologies is a great example of a home grown Pennsylvania company that has experienced significant growth and success,” said Governor Wolf. “It’s a pleasure to announce that this company has decided to maintain its roots within the commonwealth through this expansion, and that it will continue contributing to Pennsylvania’s well-being by expanding its workforce and offering employees stable jobs.”
To accommodate record growth, Sterling will expand operations at its 10047 Keystone Drive, Lake City facility. Sterling has committed to investing $2,001,300 in the project, including building acquisition and improvements and equipment purchases. Sterling will also create 66 new, full-time jobs over the next three years while retaining 161 existing positions. Hiring for the new employees has commenced, and based on the company’s growth projections, it will continue bringing on new employees over the next few years.
“Working with the Governor’s Action Team was a seamless experience from the beginning. We were considering moving production, warehousing, and ultimately many jobs to another region, but in discussing our objectives and our goals with the GAT, we soon found that staying in Erie County was a great alternative to moving,” said Greg Cronkhite, CEO of Sterling Technologies. “They provided guidance and opportunity for us to continue to grow our business in Pennsylvania. I would highly recommend companies considering relocation to talk to the GAT prior to final decisions.”
Sterling received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $150,000 Pennsylvania First program grant, $132,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $46,700 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.
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.
Sterling Technologies, Inc. specializes in the production of a wide range of custom rotomolded parts and components and is capable of molding very intricate parts in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and textures with graphics and special finishes. The company’s creative team provides product design, prototypying, tooling fabrication and management, product feasibility and optimization, and many finishing options for rotomolded products.
In 2016, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 200,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 64 projects – creating and retaining more than 31,500 jobs.
Jeff Sheridan, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116
Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED, 717-783-1132
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