Wolf Administration Announces Business Expansion, Transportation Improvements in Lackawanna County
Harrisburg, PA – As a number of large employers are planning to expand their operations in the near future, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin today announced the approval of new funding for transportation infrastructure improvements in Scott Township.
“A rise of business expansion sometimes comes coupled with the need for infrastructure expansion, and this investment will help support the needs of their growing businesses and their surrounding community,” said Sec. Davin. “By increasing access to both the technology park and enhancing nearby travel routes, this investment will better serve both residents and businesses in the greater Scranton area.”
The Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company, the owner/developer of the Scott Technology Park, was approved for $3 million in funding to make improvements to two state roads that access the park. Improvements to state roads 632 and 347 will include intersection enhancements, road straightening, vertical alignment, shoulder widening, and a turning lane.
“I would like to thank Governor Wolf for providing this grant to enhance access to the Scott Technology Park,” said Andy Skrip, Vice President, Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company. “We look forward to working with PennDOT and Scott Township on this project that aims to improve opportunities for job creation to our region.”
Expanding businesses include:
- Seokoh, a leading contract manufacturer and filler of premium cosmetics and personal care products, currently owns a 70,000-square-foot facility and leases three other facilities in the park. The company will purchase two adjoining sites next to its current manufacturing facility to construct a new 200,000-square-foot facility, which is expected to create 280 new, full-time jobs and retain 290 existing jobs over the next three years.
- PharmaCann, is one of the country’s largest vertically integrated cannabis companies, purchased Lot #4, consisting of 18.27 acres in Scott Technology Park, and plans to construct a 65,000-square-foot facility. Their community impact will involve a total investment of over $10 million and the creation of 35 family-sustaining jobs.
- Calvert Holdings, a company that offers research services to biopharmaceutical companies, occupies two buildings totaling 42,000 square feet with 80 employees in Scott Technology Park. Calvert plans to develop a research and development campus after purchasing Lot #27 and constructing a 15,000 to 25,000-square-foot facility that would create 50 to 60 new family sustaining jobs.
- Concrete Countertop Solutions, a manufacturer for cast-in-place indoor and outdoor concrete countertops and concrete forms for the swimming pool industry, occupies a 12,000-square-foot office and manufacturing facility with 10 employees within the Scott Technology Park. The company plans to acquire an additional site to construct a 5,000-square-foot free-standing distribution facility that will create three to five new jobs.
“On behalf of Governor Wolf, we at PennDOT are proud to support the Scott Technology Park,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “This investment will support business expansion within the park and improve the commuting experience for employees.”
Funding for the project will be provided by the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Funds (TIIF) program. The TIIF program is administered in cooperation with DCED and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
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Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132