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New Jobs Headed to Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania

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New Jobs Headed to Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania

Post by Guest on Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:21 am

New Jobs Headed to Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania

WEB EXCLUSIVE -- New jobs are on the way to Lehigh County.Lehigh
County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve a $3
Million pass-through grant from the state to help Phillipsburg-based
Avantor Performance Materials make the move across the Delaware."In
trying economic times like this, we need to be going into overdrive to
get more companies to the Lehigh Valley," said commissioner Percy
Dougherty.Avantor is expected to bring 200 jobs to its new Upper
Saucon headquarters. About 140 of those jobs will relocate from
Phillipsburg and the remaining 60 will be added incrementally over the
next two to three years."The grant was a critical part of our
decision to move," said Avantor Vice President of Human Resources Marcy
Matlosz. The grant will be matched by $3 Million of Avantor's money to
finish the 57,000 square-foot office space just west of the Promenade
Shops.Matlosz and Director of Development Engineering Wayne
Lynch said 85 percent of the workers in Phillipsburg commute daily from
Pennsylvania. Lynch said the company deals with chemicals found in
flat-screen television sets, pharmaceuticals and makeup and has offices
worldwide. The manufacturing plant currently in Phillipsburg will
remain there.While all the commissioners approved the grant, one resident was not convinced."This
is corporate welfare, it's as simple as that," said resident Stan
Bialecki. "If we had to do this to get every company to come here, we'd
be broke. Most of the employees already live here anyway, so there's no
new taxes that way either."Bialecki said he would rather see tax breaks than grant money being spent to encourage corporate growth.Projections
indicate that along with the 200 jobs from Avantor, the county is
anticipating 280 indirect and induced jobs and is looking at an
increase in local gross domestic product of nearly $35 Million."With
the governor slashing the DCED budget by such a large amount, it's
going to cripple future attempts like this," said Dougherty. "This is
the time to bring in more companies. We're thrilled to have Avantor
coming to Lehigh County."


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