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Tosca leverages Greater Hazleton business infrastructure to expand operations

Tosca, a provider of reusable packaging and supply chain solutions for food retailers, growers and suppliers, is one of many food processing companies making Greater Hazleton a “hub” for their business. The company recently expanded the size of its facility in the Humboldt Industrial Park in order to support significant growth and to increase the facilities’ capabilities.

Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton MSA posts lowest operating costs for food and beverage manufacturing in national comparison study

Recently, a verified, independent study has shown and proven what those in Greater Hazleton and throughout Northeast PA have been saying for decades – food processing companies operate in a more cost-effective manner here than anywhere else. The analysis was conducted by The Boyd Company, Inc., a nationally-recognized consulting firm that provides independent site selection counsel to corporations.

Manufacturing companies can receive grant money for apprenticeship programs from the Pennsylvania state budget

Statistics from the United States Department of Labor show that apprenticeship programs help businesses develop highly-skilled employees and increase productivity rates. Pennsylvania manufacturing firms, including those in food processing, have an easier path toward starting their own apprenticeship program thanks to a new grant available from the state.

Greater Hazleton’s Humboldt Industrial Park ready to serve companies with manufacturing-quality utilities, available land

Finding optimum industrial real estate space with available pad-ready sites and multiple existing utilities designed to help companies perform at a high level to meet manufacturing industry specifications are consistent top-of-mind priorities for site selection brokers. The Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton, Pennsylvania offers both of these benefits to food processing manufacturing companies.

Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Association offers unique array of training options

MAEA is unique because it offers training courses and certificate programs for all employment levels, from lead workers and supervisors to human resources professionals and managers. They offer everything from basic and continuing education courses to skills seminars and customized training programs to fit specific company needs. The nonprofit organization works hand in hand with their member companies to deliver on-site training programs designed to address each company’s individual goals and current production situations.

Manufacturing industry’s high-priority occupation designation in PA gives employers reductions on employee training

Pennsylvania CareerLink® Luzerne County can assist employers with funding for employee training for any position that’s listed on the high-priority occupations list, which includes maintenance technicians and welders. McCann School of Business and Technology, which has a campus located directly in the Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazle Township, provides employers throughout Greater Hazleton with a convenient, localized solution to their workforce training needs.

Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board assists companies with cost-effective training via $100,000 grant

Food processing companies located in Greater Hazleton and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania enjoy many benefits by operating their businesses in a region that places a prime focus on the food processing industry. These benefits include access to a Food Industry Partnership organized by the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board (L/S WIB) utilizing available grant money that assists with the cost of employee training programs. The L/S WIB recently received another $100,000 Food Processing Industry Partnership grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Any company that is a member of the Food Processing Industry Partnership can utilize this grant money, which can pay for 65% of employee training costs. Additionally, industry partnership members can combine to form a consortium of employees from multiple companies for a training session to further reduce the costs of employee training.

Regional Industry Analysis report shows Northeast PA is vibrant location for manufacturing

For decades, food processing industry companies have found great success locating their operations in the Greater Hazleton region and throughout Northeast Pennsylvania because of prime access to major interstate highways and a highly-skilled manufacturing workforce. But a recent Regional Industry Analysis report conducted by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) showed there are numerous additional benefits for companies located in the region.

NEPA apprenticeship programs help employers develop skilled employees

Food processing companies throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania are able to reduce their investment in training costs by taking part in a variety of apprenticeship programs that are funded by state organizations. The Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board assists companies in Greater Hazleton by offering apprenticeships that are underwritten by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Keystone Development Partnership and PA Department of Labor and Industry. The Industrial Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship is among the many trainings available for the manufacturing sector. It provides industries in Greater Hazleton with an opportunity that helps entry-level production workers gain the knowledge and competencies needed to work in the advanced manufacturing environment and perform at a level of high productivity.

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