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Filterbuy Plans New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Production Complex

03/26/2021
Air filter manufacturer Filterbuy Inc. will expand its operations, creating at least 120 new, full-time jobs and redeveloping an old, underutilized industrial building in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Filterbuy will enter into a long-term lease of 137,000 square feet of production and distribution space from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of New Kensington, to be used as the company’s first operation in the northeast United States. The company has committed to invest at least $2.15 million for building improvements and equipment, increasing its one-day delivery footprint in the region.

“Job creation is and has always been intertwined with our core values,” said David Heacock, founder and CEO of Filterbuy. “Given the increased demand for high-quality air filtration products now and well into the future, we are one of few companies adding jobs throughout the pandemic. We’re proud to be able to say the New Kensington plant will bring more than 60 jobs to the region by the end of 2021 and more than 100 jobs by the end of 2022.”

Filterbuy received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $300,000 Pennsylvania First grant. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team.

“We welcome Filterbuy to southwestern Pennsylvania as it increases its regional presence, creates jobs, and provides high-quality, American-made products to customers across the country,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Pennsylvania has a long legacy of innovation and a ‘can-do’ spirit, qualities that are shared by Filterbuy, a company that started with the purchase of machine parts and grew to include locations in multiple states with almost 1,000 employees, and we look forward to witnessing its continued growth and prosperity.”

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Filterbuy is producing each of its USA-made filters to match hospital-grade efficacy standards, and the opening of the New Kensington plant was partially fueled by an increased demand for quality air filtration products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re thrilled that Filterbuy has selected Westmoreland County, New Kensington, specifically, for its domestic manufacturing and warehousing expansion. We welcome them and are excited about how the region, a burgeoning distribution and logistics hub, will be integral to the company’s growth and continued success,” said Mark Anthony Thomas, president of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), the region’s economic development organization and an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. “Centered among the major population centers on the East Coast and Midwest, the Pittsburgh region is the ideal location to support Filterbuy’s focus on overnight deliveries to markets where its customer base is growing. The PRA will continue to support the company’s entrance and growth.”

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