Governor Wolf Announces New Jobs with Expansion of Core-Mark Holding International in Luzerne County

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Core-Mark Holding International, Inc., a distributor of packaged consumables, will expand operations in Hanover Township, Luzerne County, and will create 25 new jobs.

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“As a well-established company with a solid track record of success, I am thrilled that Core-Mark has made the decision make such a significant long-term commitment to Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “The region’s dedicated workforce and prime location, along the Interstate 80 and 81 corridors, are among the key attributes of the commonwealth that will contribute to the company’s success in Pennsylvania.”

Core-Mark will expand its footprint in the commonwealth by leasing a 155,000-square-foot site at 213 Great Valley Blvd., Hanover Township, to accommodate the company’s growth. Core-Mark will invest $12 million in the project, which includes infrastructure improvements and the installation of a commercial refrigeration unit. The company has committed to creating 25 new, full-time jobs over the next three years and to retaining 381 existing positions. Construction at the site has commenced, and the company will begin hiring new employees during the first quarter of 2017. Additionally, the company will also maintain its current operations in Wilkes-Barre.

“We are excited to expand our operations in Hanover Township and provide new jobs to a community that has historically shared our values and work ethics,” said Bill Stein, Core-Mark senior vice president. “This expansion will allow us to better serve our existing customers and support our continued market expansion.”

Core-Mark received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes $50,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs and $11,250 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, in collaboration with the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce.

“We are thrilled to see Core-Mark reinvest and expand operations in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Joseph Boylan, vice president of economic development, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. “This announcement represents yet another example of the positive economic impact that our local and state entities can have when working together for the greater good of the region. Congratulations and thank you to Core-Mark for making Northeastern Pennsylvania such a great place to live, work, and play.”

Core-Mark is one of the largest distributors of fresh, frozen, and chilled merchandise mainly to convenience stores in North America. Founded in 1888, Core-Mark provides a full range of products, marketing programs, and technology solutions to over 45,000 customers in the United States and Canada through 30 distribution centers.

Last year, 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 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs.

For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
Heidi Havens, 717.783.1132

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