Curtiss-Wright Corporation Invests More Than $7 Million To Relocate To Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Area Development Online News Desk (08/14/2013)
Curtiss-Wright Corporation will invest more than $7 million to relocate a flow control facility from New Jersey to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, adding 95 jobs in Northampton County.
Curtiss-Wright, a global engineering and manufacturing company, will move its Engineered Pump Division from its existing location in Phillipsburg, New Jersey to the City of Bethlehem, where it will construct a 179,000 square-foot facility. The project is expected to generate a capital investment in excess of $7 million for infrastructure, equipment and employee training costs. The company is projected to create 95 jobs and retain another 766 positions throughout the state.
“We are thrilled to be relocating our operations to the Lehigh Valley and look forward to supplying our mission-critical products and services from our new, modern manufacturing, testing, warehousing and office facility,” Todd Schurra, General Manager, EPD said. “It was a pleasure working with all of the members of the Governor’s Action Team who were instrumental in getting this project completed.”
“Putting Pennsylvanians back to work continues to be a priority of my administration – our unemployment rate remains below the national average and businesses are moving here to grow and succeed,” Gov Tom Corbett said. “Curtiss-Wright’s move to the Lehigh Valley will add 95 jobs to the more than 760 they employ throughout Pennsylvania.”
As an incentive, the company received a funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $200,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and a $42,750 Guaranteed Free Training grant which will be used to train its new workforce. A $2,375,000 loan from the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund was also included.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team in collaboration with the Northampton County Industrial Development Authority and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.
“Curtiss-Wright has a distinguished legacy in the aerospace industry and is one of the nation’s top manufacturers of pumping, propulsion, valve and control systems,” Don Cunningham, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. said. “Curtiss-Wright is exactly the type of company we want to attract to the Lehigh Valley and we welcome the addition of an additional 95 full-time jobs at a good salary into the Lehigh Valley economy.”
“Curtiss-Wright's move to Northampton County is a strong indication of the quality of our community as a desirable place for companies, particularly manufacturers, to do business,” Bud Hackett, Chairman of the Northampton County Industrial Development Authority said. “Anytime we can attract a multi-national company that commits to bringing nearly 100 high-tech manufacturing jobs to Northampton County, we’ll do it.”