Forms + Surfaces, Inc., a manufacturer of architectural products, will expand its operations in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The project will support the combined creation and retention of 346 full-time jobs.
To provide additional space to accommodate growth, the company acquired and will renovate a building in Shaler Township, which will allow the company to consolidate its existing facility.
The company pledged to invest $15.65 million into the project, and has committed to create at least 115 new, full-time jobs and retain 231 existing jobs over the next three years.
“Forms + Surfaces has had a long presence in Western Pennsylvania, and for many years we have been looking for the right location to establish a long-term headquarters that is able to sustain the tremendous growth we have experienced,” said Forms + Surfaces Vice President for Resources and Business Development Jason Norris. We are very excited for this opportunity to not only solidify our presence in this region but also expand and establish a first-rate manufacturing facility. To this end, we are extremely excited to work with the Governor’s Action Team to help us with this expansion project which will lead to continued growth and the creation of jobs for this region.”
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the project. The proposal includes a $287,500 Pennsylvania First grant, $115,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of new jobs, and a $69,900 workforce development grant to help the company train workforce workers. The company was also encouraged to apply for a $2 million loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team.
“There is a direct correlation between manufacturing innovation and economic growth,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I am proud that the commonwealth has partnered with a growing manufacturer to bolster economic growth in Allegheny County.”