Wolf Administration Highlights $8.65 Million Investment in 3,105 Central PA Manufacturing Jobs at Fresh Roasted Coffee, Sivana Converting Tours in Sunbury

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Sunbury, Pennsylvania – Today the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Mike Hanna, visited Freshly roasted coffee and Sivana Converting in Northumberland County to see first-hand operations backed by Governor Tom Wolf’s investments to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in the Commonwealth during Manufacturing Week in Pennsylvania.

“I’m thrilled to be in Sunbury today for Manufacturing Week and seeing these two great local manufacturers in action,” said Hanna. “The Wolf administration is proud to support these businesses and it’s great to see them prosper, grow and be cornerstones of this community.”

According to a new annual report from the Governor’s Action Team for 2020-21, Governor Wolf invested $8.65 million to secure more than 3,100 manufacturing jobs in Central PA last year. This investment also generated $1.2 billion in investment in local communities.

Founded in 2009, Fresh Roasted Coffee is an eco-friendly coffee roaster, co-packer and distributor, serving businesses and consumers through their online marketplace and physical location in Sunbury.

In 2021, Governor Tom Wolf visited Fresh Roasted Coffee and announced a $1.77 million funding proposal from the Governor’s Action Team (GAT) to help renovate and upgrade the former textile mill. of 84,000 square feet of Sunbury, purchase new equipment and create 46 new, full-time jobs and retain 35 jobs in Northumberland County. Under Governor Wolf, Fresh Roasted Coffee also received over $262,000 in tax credits through DCED’s Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) program.

“We are very grateful for the support we have received from the Wolf administration and our state and local government officials and appreciate the opportunity to participate in Manufacturing Week events,” said Andrew Oakes, president of Fresh Roasted. Coffee. “These partnerships have been the foundation upon which our business has been built and we look forward to continuing these relationships and growing fresh roasted coffee in the Susquehanna Valley for many years to come.”

After her visit to Fresh Roasted Coffee, Deputy Executive Secretary Hanna visited nearby Sivana Converting. The company is an industrial hemp manufacturer that produces hemp-based biodegradable plastic food containers, cups, plates and straws for the commercial market. During the Wolf administration, they received $800,000 under the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for renovations and improvements to their 350,000 square foot section of the Sunbury Textile Mill.

“We are pleased to host this visit today and to be part of Manufacturing Week, and we appreciate the support of the Wolf administration,” said Soheil Shahrooz, CEO of Sivana Converting. “We are proud to be at Sunbury and look forward to operating here for many years to come. »

Governor Wolf’s job creation legacy includes:

  • 194,000 jobs created and maintained thanks to GAT since 2015
  • 430 projects completed which have generated a total of $17.8 billion in private investment to support communities across the Commonwealth
  • $396.3 million in state investments to support new and growing businesses, resulting in record private investment of $17.8 billion, $476.15 million in new local tax revenue and $417.62 million in new state tax revenue
  • Every dollar invested in GAT projects has leveraged $102 in private support for Pennsylvania’s communities and economy – a public-to-private ratio $75 higher than the Corbett administration
  • Over 67% of jobs created through GAT over the past eight years have been in manufacturing (in 2021 alone, over 84% of jobs created have been in manufacturing)

Key Facts About Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing is at the heart of Pennsylvania’s economy:

  • 6th largest manufacturing industry in the United States by employment
  • $113.2 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021
  • 562,700+ employees (~9.5% of all private sector employment in PA)
  • More than 14,000 manufacturing establishments

The manufacturing industry offers well-paid jobs that can support a family in PA:

  • Manufacturing workers earn 33% more than the average for other nonfarm businesses in the state
  • Average PA manufacturing compensation of $86,129 including benefits

As part of Build Week, DCED has visited local makers across the Commonwealth and will wrap up the week’s celebrations with one or more tours of Luzerne and Wyoming counties.

For more information on Manufacturing Week, visit the DCED website, Facebook, Twitterand LinkedInand be sure to talk about your manufacturing business on your social media using the hashtags #MFGWeek22, #IMakeInPA, #MadeInPA, and #PASmart.

Governor Wolf served two terms as a constantly working leader for the people of Pennsylvania. Learn more about how his Priorities for Pennsylvania fueled the return of the Commonwealth, leaving Pennsylvania in a much better place than when it arrived.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Penny Ickes, DCED, [email protected]

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