Secretary Davin Tours Spartan Motors, Highlights Governor Wolf’s Commitment to Manufacturing
Ephrata, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin continued the ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour at Spartan Motors, a provider of specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing, and assembly in Ephrata, Lancaster County. The tour highlighted Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to advancing Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector.
“This administration is committed to creating an environment that enables manufacturers to thrive,” Secretary Davin said. “By supporting manufacturing and strengthening the workforce, we’re helping companies grow and create family-sustaining jobs. Our partnership in the expansion of Spartan Motors tells a larger story about manufacturing thriving across Pennsylvania.”
In May of this year, Governor Wolf announced Spartan Motors’ expansion of its Ephrata facility. The expansion was required to fulfill a recently-awarded contract from the United States Postal Service (USPS) to manufacture cargo body vehicles for parcel delivery. The 2,000-vehicle, $214 million USPS contract award, the largest single order in Spartan’s history, required the company to look outside of its Michigan and Indiana fleet vehicle manufacturing facilities to accommodate the large order. The project is expected to create nearly 200 new jobs over the next three years and retain a further 76 jobs. Today, Secretary Davin toured the facility and discussed Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector with company executives.
“We’re committed to this location, our workforce, and to better serving our customers by having a larger presence on the Eastern seaboard,” said Daryl Adams, president and CEO of Spartan Motors. “Programs like the Pennsylvania First program and the corresponding tax credits offered by Governor Wolf and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development made that expansion easier.”
Spartan received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $300,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $378,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. 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.
Manufacturing is one of Governor Wolf’s top priorities for Pennsylvania’s economy. Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132