Northeastern Pennsylvania colleges and universities are educating the next generation of qualified, highly-skilled employees and many of those who studied trades plan to remain in the region after graduation to seek employment.
Six colleges and universities across Northeastern Pennsylvania were ranked in the Top 100 of the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual poll of best regional colleges or universities in the north. The University of Scranton, which has made the list for 23 consecutive years, came in sixth on this year’s list, followed by Keystone College (ranked 29th), Misericordia University (44th), Marywood University (51st), King’s College (57th) and Wilkes University (85th).
Pennsylvania has a rich history as one of the top manufacturing states in the country. It routinely receives high rankings in national polls for the benefits in operations, logistics and infrastructure that manufacturers, including those in the food processing industry, find when they choose to locate their businesses. Greater Hazleton amplifies those benefits through its strategic location to major transportation routes, lower operating costs and its skilled workforce.
Pennsylvania recently ranked in the top 10 in a national poll across five crucial industry categories including manufacturing, infrastructure and exports. Business Facilities’ Annual Rankings Report placed PA sixth in the “Top Manufacturing States” category, which measures employment totals for manufacturing jobs; fifth in the “Infrastructure Upgrades” category and 10th in the “Exports” category.
Logistics companies thrive on having the combination of a prime location near major transportation routes leading to their customers and a skilled and dedicated workforce that can process orders quickly and efficient to meet industry demands.
Women’s Distribution Services (WDS) capitalized on both of these attributes and was able to expand its Greater Hazleton location in the Humboldt Industrial Park multiple times as a result. WDS now occupies a facility that stretches more than 88,000 square feet and is helping them be a major force in the food processing logistics sector.
Northeast Pennsylvania placed in the top 10 in a recent study of the best food processing locations in the United States. Mexico is one of the many international companies that have been paying particular attention to Northeast PA for its prime strategic location and quality workforce.
Over the past 10 years, Mexican investors have sunk billions of dollars into the U.S. economy and it has resulted in three of Mexico’s top food processing companies expanding their operations to Greater Hazleton and Northeast PA.
The Humboldt Industrial Park in Greater Hazleton has an infrastructure specifically designed to help companies like those in the food processing industry keep their operations running smoothly while also maintaining their sustainability efforts.
“CAN DO’s wastewater treatment plant is a state-of-the-art facility with the capacity to handle various types of industrial tenants and is environmentally friendly to the community,” said CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O’Donnell.
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