Projects in Lawrence County Top $1 Billion

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – With projects valued at more than $1 billion completed or started in 2018, the Lawrence County Economic Development Corp. is turning its attention to developing the next generation of leadership in the county.

As part of the Leadership Lawrence County program, 17 people from across the business spectrum will spend nine months working through training programs, says the chamber’s executive director of business development, Linda Nitch.

On the development front, the largest private investment in Lawrence County, Pa., is the Hickory Run Power Plant. The $863 million, gas-fueled plant in North Beaver Township is under construction with more than 500 workers at the site.

Elsewhere, Ellwood Group is nearing completion on a $60 million, remelting facility in New Castle. The operation will make alloy steel products for the aerospace and defense industries.

Steelite International is making progress on its expansion in Neshannock Township, funded in part by a $1.5 million grant from the state.

“The company embarked on a $4 million project that will expand its warehouse by 52,000 square feet,” Nitch says. Steelite expects to finish the project this year, she adds.

Container Services Inc., based in Hillsboro, Kan., purchased a 45,700-square-foot building in Neshannock Business Park from Wish Development, she adds. The company makes plastic containers for the packing industry. The New Castle building will serve customers in the Midwest.

Among projects completed in 2018, Nitch continues, was New York Blower’s $4.7 million expansion in the Shenango Commerce Park. The addition increased the plant’s size to 45,000 square feet and enabled New York Blower to hire 22 full-time employees and retain 18 more.

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