Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Lewis Lumber and Milling, Inc.a producer of unfinished hardwood wide plank flooring, cabinet moldings and components, opens its first manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania and will create 100 new jobs in Clarion County.
“I am very pleased that Lewis Lumber has chosen Pennsylvania as the location for its second facility,” Governor Wolf said. “Our prime location in the northeast will allow the company to easily distribute its products, and our dedicated and skilled workforce will provide them with top-notch employees. This is a great decision for the company and for the Commonwealth.
Lewis Lumber has acquired a vacant facility, formerly the Sealy Mattress Factory, located at 16289 Rt. 322 in Clarion. The company’s investment in this project will include building renovations, new construction, and machinery and equipment.
“Pennsylvania’s hardwood and forestry industry is known for its quality and durability, which made it easy to choose Clarion County as the location for our new manufacturing facility,” said Tom Edwards, operating, Lewis Lumber. “Pennsylvania also provides a completely different species and population of trees – northern red oaks, white oaks and white maples – that we need for our product lines. We look forward to a prosperous future in the Commonwealth.
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $340,000 grant in Pennsylvania, a $200,000 Workforce Development Grant to help train workers , a $2 million loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and was encouraged to apply. for the Ministry’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program. Lewis Lumber has pledged to create at least 100 new jobs and invest approximately $15.2 million in the project over the next three years.
“This is the largest capital investment by a Governor’s Action Team project in Clarion County in the past seven years, and DCED is proud to have helped bring company in Pennsylvania,” said Neil Weaver, DCED Acting Secretary. “Lewis Lumber will bring significant numbers of jobs to the area and breathe new life into a once vacant building – a win for the community, the business and the Commonwealth.”
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team (GAT), an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses planning to locate or expand in Pennsylvania.
Through GAT, Governor Wolf has invested more than $17.3 billion over the past seven years to support 413 completed projects, create more than 46,250 new jobs, and retain more than 140,500 jobs for Pennsylvanians.
Clarion County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) also participated in the project.
“Lewis Lumber’s expansion into Clarion County is a bright sign toward the opportunities surrounding manufacturing and the lumber industry here in northwestern Pennsylvania,” said Jarred Heuer, executive director of Clarion County. Economic Development Corporation. “Lewis Lumber is a people-oriented company that should do very well in building our local economy and empowering our community. The CCEDC is very pleased to welcome them to Clarion County.
Founded in 2011 in Tennessee, Lewis Lumber is a family-owned company with three generations of experience in the lumber industry that helps create high-quality hardwood floors and cabinet trim.
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