Governor Wolf Announces R.G. Coating to Establish New Galvanizing Facility, Creating 65 Manufacturing Jobs in Lawrence County

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that R.G. Coating LLC, a hot dip galvanizing company, will construct a new galvanizing facility in Lawrence County. The project is expected to create 65 manufacturing jobs at the site in Pulaski Township.

“We’re proud that R.G. has selected Pennsylvania as the best place to grow the business,” said Governor Wolf. “Any time a manufacturer puts down roots here in the commonwealth, it creates family-sustaining jobs, boosts our manufacturing sector, and strengthens our economy.

R.G. Coating will construct a new, 50,000-square-foot facility and equip it with state-of-the-art galvanizing equipment. R.G. Coating is a new, sister company to R.G. Steel, which specializes in the fabrication of highway guiderail and safety systems, but currently needs to outsource all of its galvanizing services. The new facility will enable the company to bring the galvanization process in-house so its products can be delivered to market quickly and efficiently, allowing for strong future growth. The facility will be located in Pulaski Township next to the R.G. Steel facility. R.G. Coating plans to invest at least $13.6 million into the project, which is expected to create 65 jobs and retain 25 jobs over the next three years.

“As R.G. Steel Corp. is poised for growth, the addition of R.G. Coating will jump start that growth,” said David Price, president of R.G. Steel. “That growth is supported by both the Governor’s Action Team and the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, both of whom were instrumental in providing us with the assistance needed to remain in Lawrence County for many years to come. It has been, and will continue to be, a pleasure working with them both.”

R.G. Coating received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $200,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $130,000 in job creation tax credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs, and a $29,250 workforce development grant to help the company train its workers. R.G. Coating was also encouraged to apply for a low-interest $3.25 million loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority to assist with building and equipment costs. 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 additional coordination provided through the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC).

“Lawrence County continues to be a community that manufacturers call home,” said Linda Nitch, executive director of business development at LCEDC. “R.G.’s decision to expand its operations in Lawrence County by constructing a new galvanizing facility shows the strength of heavy industry in our western Pennsylvania county. Through the efforts of the company, the LCEDC and the Governor’s Action Team, new jobs will be created by R.G. in the coming years. We are proud to partner with R.G. Steel and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to make this project a reality.”

R.G. Coating and R.G. Steel is a fully integrated guiderail/guardrail products producer and supplier. As a certified steel fabricator, the company is capable of providing a wide variety of products from highway guiderail/guardrail to custom fabricated structural steel that meet meeting federal and state department of transportation specifications.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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