Wolf Administration Celebrates Groundbreaking of New State-Supported Hydro Facility in Schuylkill County

Cressona, PA – Today, Office of the Governor northeast/central director Cassandra Coleman was joined by company executives and local leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new manufacturing facility of Hydro, a global supplier of extruded aluminum serving the construction, transportation, infrastructure, and energy industries, in Cressona, Schuylkill County. The project is being supported through funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

“We know the massive degree of planning and coordination that goes into a project like this from everyone involved, which why it’s such a great experience to be here as we all come together to break ground on this new facility,” Coleman said. “Congratulations to Hydro and everyone in the Cressona community for breaking ground on this facility. The Wolf Administration is proud to be supporting this project.”

The project includes the construction of a 96,000-square-foot facility on the property adjacent to its existing facility. This building addition will provide new manufacturing capabilities essential to compete in the automotive market. In addition, the company plans to make infrastructure improvements to the existing facility, as well as purchase and modernize equipment to increase overall reliability and efficiency. The project is expected to create 60 new jobs over the next three years.

“This state-of-the-art high performance press will enable us to make high strength precision parts for highly engineered applications, like the automotive industry which relies on Cressona to supply key components for lightweight vehicle designs,” said Charles Straface, business area president for Extrusion North America at Hydro. “Our growth in the automotive segment is something Hydro is very proud of, and we are pleased to invest additional assets here in Pennsylvania.”

Last week, Governor Wolf announced the expansion project in which Hydro received a funding proposal from DCED for a $950,000 Pennsylvania First Grant, $120,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs, and $40,000 in WEDnetPA funding to support incumbent worker training.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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