postheadericon Redevelopment, Infrastructure & Economic Activity

The Board of Directors for the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), held their regular monthly meeting on July 18, 2013. Several project updates were given relating to key projects in various stages of planning and implementation around the County.

The Clearfield Borough Riverfront Redevelopment Project continues to gain momentum. In partnership with Clearfield Borough, preliminary planning has commenced for the one mile loop of land and redevelopment along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, connecting Market Street Bridge to Nichols Street Bridge. The CCEDC has conducted multiple planning meetings with engineering firms to establish preliminary design and engineering. Survey activity has begun to assist in the engineering plans to delineate the concept plans for purposes of future site development opportunities. Additionally, the CCEDC has been in direct contact with all landowners directly affected for consideration of land acquisition to foster the redevelopment effort.

The Board of Directors encouraged the CCEDC to host public work sessions to encourage feedback and comments during future planning and design phases of the project upon the completion of preliminary design and land acquisition.

Additionally, the CCEDC is seeking assistance to identify co-developers who would have a vested interest in becoming a partner of the project. Those interested can contact the CCEDC directly.

Brew Masters, Dr. Robert Striker and Mr. Michael Askey, announced in late April the opening of Race Street Brew Works manufacturing facility within the Clearfield County Alliance Park. Swales updated the Board to the status of the project and it is on schedule for the micro brewery to begin operations in the fall of this year.

In Bradford Township, the sewer line expansion along route 970 in the area of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center to the Exit 123 interchange of Interstate 80 is complete. The CCEDC partnered with the Woodland Bigler Area Authority and area businesses to extend the public sewer line. “This is a tremendous opportunity for future development to occur along the Interstate 80 corridor of Exit 123 in Bradford Township,” stated Swales. “There is a new 1 mile stretch of land along SR 970 with immediate access to city water and now, city sewer. This is absolutely critical to place Bradford Township on the map for future development projects. Infrastructure is essential to create and retain jobs in a community.”

In Curwensville, the CCEDC continues to work on assembling a DEP Environmental Work Plan and public bid document for solicitation of the environmental cleanup at the H. L. Tannery (Howe’s Leather) property located along Cooper Road. The 26 acre Brownfield site has the
potential to open additional industrial land for development and continue with the growth of the Curwensville Industrial Park. Plans are to have a bid document available for solicitation this fall for removal of sludge material and site development work.

In other reports, Swales reported a substantial increase in economic activity in Clearfield County. “Multiple businesses continue to inquire on the CCIDA’s revolving loan program for administering facility expansions and machinery and equipment upgrades. Out of town prospect activity has increased relating to industrial site availability in the County as well,” stated Swales. “Additionally, the RigMonkeyApp.com website and smart phone application has seen an increase in activity by real estate brokers and site selection consultants. These are all positive economic indicators Clearfield County is positioned well for future development opportunities,” Swales expressed.

The Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation is a private non-profit, membership organization serving the business and industry of Clearfield County, PA to promote job

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postheadericon DCEDC Meets the Job Creators from Marcellus Activity in PA – September 24, 2013

CLEARFIELD – Representatives from the State Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) visited the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) to learn about the economic impact of the unconventional oil and gas industry in Clearfield County and North Central Pennsylvania. The visit was part of a four-day DCED on the Road Tour through North Central’s six-county region highlighting development projects.

 During their visit to Clearfield County, representatives of DCED, Governor’s Action Team and PA Department of Environmental Protection were greeted by Clearfield County Commissioners John Sobel, Joan Robinson-McMillen and State Representative Tommy Sankey (R-74). A meeting convened at the CCEDC office for a presentation by Paul McCloskey, VP of Energy, CCEDC, to showcase the impacts Clearfield County has reaped as a result of shale development.

The presentation was immediately followed by a personal tour provided by David Schultz, Plant Manager, Forum Energy Technologies, located in the Clearfield Fireman’s Industrial Park. “Since December 2011, the facility has transformed into a state of the art production facility to support Forum’s increased demand for customized gas production equipment serving not only the Marcellus and Utica shale activity, but to support and enhance our production services in other shale deposits in Texas and the Midwest,” stated Schultz. 

In less than 2 years the new plant has created 128 full time jobs to date and we look forward to partner with Forum for future growth plans. These jobs were created as a direct result of the Marcellus Shale activity in Pennsylvania, Rob Swales, CEO, CCEDC expressed. Despite the decline in natural gas prices, Forum continues to produce a multitude of oil and gas processing equipment to serve primarily the Marcellus and Utica shale deposits. Additionally, manufacturing from this plant also serves massive shale deposits in the Midwest and Southern United States such as the Eagle Ford, Barnett and Bakken regions.

The 95,000 square foot, 19 acre site easily accommodates expansion opportunities. Schultz expressed, “we are actively hiring qualified personnel in the fields of welding, assembly, painting and quality control to continue adding to our local workforce.”

Immediately following the plant tour, DCED representatives shuttled to an active well site in S.B. Elliott State Park conducted by Nathan Wells, Sr. Safety and Environment Representative, to tour a four-head well pad and a site compressor station operated by EOG Resources, Inc. Wells explained the benefits of horizontal drilling versus vertical and single well drilling. Wells showed the officials a display casing touting the multi-layer protective case used for the drilling process. DCED representatives were surprised to see the limited footprint comprised of the well site and the attention placed on the reclamation process.

 The CCEDC is a private non-profit, membership organization serving the business and industry of Clearfield County, PA to promote job creation, job retention and to enhance the economic base of Clearfield County.

postheadericon Redevelopment, Infrastructure & Economic Activity – July 25, 2013

The Board of Directors for the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), held their regular monthly meeting on July 18, 2013. Several project updates were given relating to key projects in various stages of planning and implementation around the County.

 The Clearfield Borough Riverfront Redevelopment Project continues to gain momentum.  In partnership with Clearfield Borough, preliminary planning has commenced for the one mile loop of land and redevelopment along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, connecting Market Street Bridge to Nichols Street Bridge.  The CCEDC has conducted multiple planning meetings with engineering firms to establish preliminary design and engineering. Survey activity has begun to assist in the engineering plans to delineate the concept plans for purposes of future site development opportunities. Additionally, the CCEDC has been in direct contact with all landowners directly affected for consideration of land acquisition to foster the redevelopment effort.

 The Board of Directors encouraged the CCEDC to host public work sessions to encourage feedback and comments during future planning and design phases of the project upon the completion of preliminary design and land acquisition.

 Additionally, the CCEDC is seeking assistance to identify co-developers who would have a vested interest in becoming a partner of the project.  Those interested can contact the CCEDC directly.

 Brew Masters, Dr. Robert Striker and Mr. Michael Askey, announced in late April the opening of Race Street Brew Works manufacturing facility within the Clearfield County Alliance Park.  Swales updated the Board to the status of the project and it is on schedule for the micro brewery to begin operations in the fall of this year.

 In Bradford Township, the sewer line expansion along route 970 in the area of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center to the Exit 123 interchange of Interstate 80 is complete.  The CCEDC partnered with the Woodland Bigler Area Authority and area businesses to extend the public sewer line. “This is a tremendous opportunity for future development to occur along the Interstate 80 corridor of Exit 123 in Bradford Township,” stated Swales. “There is a new 1 mile stretch of land along SR 970 with immediate access to city water and now, city sewer. This is absolutely critical to place Bradford Township on the map for future development projects. Infrastructure is essential to create and retain jobs in a community.”

 In Curwensville, the CCEDC continues to work on assembling a DEP Environmental Work Plan and public bid document for solicitation of the environmental cleanup at the H. L. Tannery (Howe’s Leather) property located along Cooper Road. The 26 acre Brownfield site has the potential to open additional industrial land for development and continue with the growth of the Curwensville Industrial Park. Plans are to have a bid document available for solicitation this fall for removal of sludge material and site development work.

 In other reports, Swales reported a substantial increase in economic activity in Clearfield County. “Multiple businesses continue to inquire on the CCIDA’s revolving loan program for administering facility expansions and machinery and equipment upgrades. Out of town prospect activity has increased relating to industrial site availability in the County as well,” stated Swales. “Additionally, the RigMonkeyApp.com website and smart phone application has seen an increase in activity by real estate brokers and site selection consultants. These are all positive economic indicators Clearfield County is positioned well for future development opportunities,” Swales expressed.

postheadericon Expanding Infrastructure, Loans & Workforce – May 16, 2013

The Board of Directors for the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), a private non-profit entity, held their regular monthly meeting on May 16, 2013. Among the topics discussed during the meeting, several major area projects are in progress.

A long awaited public sewer line expansion project in Bradford Township is under construction. The CCEDC has been working in partnership with the Woodland Bigler Area Authority to extend its public sewer line from the top of route 970 in the area of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center to the Exit 123 interchange of Interstate 80. This project will provide public sewer availability to several area businesses along the line. Konzel Construction of Erie, PA was the low bid winner for the project. The project is funded by a $750,000 Infrastructure Development Grant through the Department of Community and Economic Development.

In Curwensville, the CCEDC has been working with Curwensville Borough and the Curwensville Development Corporation to rehabilitate the former H.L. Tannery (Howe’s Leather) property located along Cooper Road. The 26 acre Brownfield site has the potential

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to open up additional industrial land for development and continue with the growth of the Curwensville Industrial Park. The CCEDC is in the final stages of assembling an environmental work plan and public bid document for solicitation of the environmental cleanup this summer.

The CCEDC announced is in the early stages of partnering with the Curwensville Development Corporation to create and administer a revolving loan fund program for Curwensville merchants. The program will provide low interest loans for commercial, retail and industrial businesses for machinery and equipment and building acquisition, expansion or renovations in the Curwensville area.

As economic conditions continue to improve in the area, the staff shared with the Board their current discussions with the local higher education systems. Both Penn State University- DuBois Campus and Lock Haven University- Clearfield Campus are studying the needs of the local workforce and requesting the assistance of the CCEDC. Working with these entities will aid in workforce training efforts and lead to an overall more attractive workforce when recruiting from outside of the area. Furthermore, it will give those interested a chance to work on advanced degrees and certifications to improve their employability.

The Clearfield Borough Riverfront Redevelopment Project is gaining momentum. CCEDC has secured the professional services of KTH Architects and Herbert, Rowland, and Grubic, Inc. In partnership with Clearfield Borough, preliminary planning has commenced for the one mile loop of land along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. “We have had several planning meetings with our engineering firms to establish baseline criteria for feasibility, financial and market analysis. We anticipate hosting public work sessions later this year to encourage feedback and comments during our preliminary planning and design phases of this project,” stated Rob Swales, CEO. “This is going to be a very public project for everyone to embrace and enjoy for generations to come. The project can only benefit from the residents of Clearfield taking an interest in the redevelopment efforts.” Additionally, the CCEDC is seeking assistance to identify co-developers who would have a vested interest in becoming a partner of the project. Those interested can contact the CCEDC directly.

Brew Masters, Dr. Robert Striker and Mr. Michael Askey, announced in late April the opening of Race Street Brew Works manufacturing facility within the Clearfield County Alliance Park. The owners are in the process of purchasing the necessary brew making equipment and satisfying the necessary State and Federal regulatory permits to establish production and sales. The micro brewery is projected to begin operations in the fall of this year.

Firearm issues have been firmly in the headlines for months and the CCEDC has positioned the area to market and promote the County as a pro-business and friendly environment to firearm manufacturing and support industries. The CCEDC has taken a unique approach in an attempt to market the area by researching and reaching out to companies in politically hotbed areas such as New York and Connecticut where lawmakers are not taking into consideration the large number of firearm manufacturers that new legislation would effect. Marketing materials, including available facilities and land throughout Clearfield County have been packaged, delivered and discussed with many out of state firearm operations.

The Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation is a private non-profit membership organization serving the business and industry of Clearfield County, PA to promote job creation, job retention and to diversify and enhance the economic base of Clearfield County.

postheadericon Expanding Infrastructure – May 28, 2013

The Board of Directors for the Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC), a private non-profit entity, held their regular monthly meeting on May 16, 2013. Among the topics discussed during the meeting, several major area projects are in progress. A long awaited public sewer line expansion project in Bradford Township is under construction. The CCEDC has been working in partnership with the Woodland Bigler Area Authority to extend its public sewer line from the top of route 970 in the area of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center to the Exit 123 interchange of Interstate 80. This project will provide public sewer availability to several area businesses along the line. Konzel Construction of Erie, PA was the low bid winner for the project. The project is funded by a $750,000 Infrastructure Development Grant through the Department of Community and Economic Development.

In Curwensville, the CCEDC has been working with Curwensville Borough and the Curwensville Development Corporation to rehabilitate the former H.L. Tannery (Howe’s Leather) property located along Cooper Road. The 26 acre Brownfield site has the potential to open up additional industrial land for development and continue with the growth of the Curwensville Industrial Park. The CCEDC is in the final stages of assembling an environmental work plan and public bid document for solicitation of the environmental cleanup this summer.

The CCEDC announced is in the early stages of partnering with the Curwensville Development Corporation to create and administer a revolving loan fund program for Curwensville merchants. The program will provide low interest loans for commercial, retail and industrial businesses for machinery and equipment and building acquisition, expansion or renovations in the Curwensville area.

The Clearfield Borough Riverfront Redevelopment Project is gaining momentum. CCEDC has secured the professional services of KTH Architects and Herbert, Rowland, and Grubic, Inc. In partnership with Clearfield Borough, preliminary planning has commenced for the one mile loop of land along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. “We encourage feedback and comments during the preliminary planning and design phases of this project,” stated Rob Swales, CEO. “This is going to be a very public project for everyone

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to embrace and enjoy for generations to come. The project can only benefit from the residents of Clearfield taking an interest in the redevelopment efforts.” Additionally, the CCEDC is seeking assistance to identify any co-developers who would have a vested interest in being a part of the project. Those interested can contact the CCEDC directly.

Brew Masters, Dr. Robert Striker and Mr. Michael Askey, announced in late April the opening of Race Street Brew Works manufacturing facility within the Clearfield County Alliance Park. The micro brewery is projected to begin operations in the fall of this year.

Firearm issues have been firmly in the headlines for months, as local gun right supporters rally in belief of their constitutional liberties. The CCEDC has maintained a continual focus on the second amendment situation as well, taking a unique approach in an attempt to market the area. Researching and reaching out to companies in politically hotbed areas such as New York and Connecticut where lawmakers are not taking into consideration the large number of firearm manufacturers that new legislation would effect. Marketing materials, including available facilities and land throughout Clearfield County have been packaged and delivered and discussed with out of state business owners.

Rounding out the meeting, the staff divulged on their current discussions with the local higher education systems. Both Penn State University- DuBois Campus and Lock Haven University- Clearfield Campus have been studying the needs of the local workforce. Working with these entities will aid in workforce training efforts and lead to an overall more attractive workforce when recruiting from outside of the area. Furthermore, it will give those interested a chance to work on advanced degrees and certifications to improve their employability.

The Clearfield County Economic Development Corporation is a private non-profit, membership organization serving the business and industry of Clearfield County, PA to promote job creation, job retention and to diversify and enhance the economic base of Clearfield County.

postheadericon EQT Hosting 1st Responder Awareness Seminar

EQT is a gas company operating locally in the Marcellus Shale.  They are hosting a seminar aimed at well site education and 1st responder awareness.  This event is open to the public and anyone interested is welcome to attend.  For details, click on the link below:

EQT Awareness Presentation Mahaffey Dec 11 2012

postheadericon Pennsylvania Grain Processing LLC Purchases Bionol Facility

Owning and operating any business is not without its challenges; the grain processing and ethanol production industry is no exception.  Bionol Clearfield, LLC succumbed to those challenges on July 20, 2011 when the company filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.  A Michigan-based company with over 16 years experience processing grains and producing ethanol is hoping to overcome those challenges and succeed where Bionol failed.

On April 20, 2012, Pennsylvania Grain Processing (PGP), LLC was approved as the buyer of the Clearfield grain processing facility.  PGP is an affiliate of Zeeland Farm Services, Inc. (ZFS), a 60 year old, diversified agricultural and transportation company headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan.  ZFS has been processing grains and producing ethanol for 16 years, owning and operating plants in both Michigan and Nebraska.  Between the two locations, ZFS employs a workforce of over 200.  ZFS plans to use their prior experience and expertise from these two facilities to turn the existing Clearfield operation, which will be the third and largest ethanol producing plant in their portfolio, into a successful business venture.

With the reopening of the facility, there remains a positive impact potential from ancillary companies looking to utilize the facility’s multiple products, such as distiller grains, carbon dioxide, and ethanol.  Additional impacts on local industries such as rail and trucking may also take place as the company redesigns the transportation plan of raw materials and finished products to and from the plant.  Executives from Zeeland Farm Services have been in Clearfield over the past two weeks, becoming familiar with the plant, previous employees, and acquainted with the community.  It is the intent of ZFS to make a constructive impact on the local community and create a favorable business environment.

The plant intends to be fully operational by the end of Summer.  You can learn more about PGP and Zeeland Farm Services by visiting their website:  www.zfsinc.com

 

postheadericon Real-time Water Quality Monitoring & Rig Activity Information

An exploration & production company operating in the Marcellus region is so confident that unconventional gas development won’t harm local waterways that they donated $750,000 to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to install real-time water quality monitoring equipment in area waterways. Before East Resources was bought

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out by Royal Dutch Shell in the summer of 2011, they provided funding to set up a remote water quality monitoring network in the Susquehanna River Basin where they were operating. You can read more about East Resource’s donation here. There are currently three monitoring stations located in Clearfield County (Moose Creek, Trout Run, Little Clearfield Creek). If you are interested in viewing real-time data about any of these locations or others located in the Susquehanna River Basin, you can visit this site.

If you are interested in knowing how many rigs are operating in the state or county at any given time, Baker Hughes issues a weekly rig count with location information. You can find out more information from their interactive rig count website located here.

 

postheadericon New CCEDC Energy Complex Complete

The construction of the CCEDC’s Energy Complex is now complete. The new building is located in the Clearfield County Alliance Park and has five tenant spaces available for lease. It has 10-ton overhead crane capacity; 22 foot ceilings, 14-foot bay doors and a full sprinkler system. Secured fencing surrounds the property which sits within three miles of Interstate 80 Exit 120 as well as near Routes 322, 219 and 119. The official ribbon cutting for the Energy Complex was held on September 22, 2011 with over 100 people in attendance.

Guest speaker Judith Herschell, president of Herschell Environmental of Pittsburgh, was the keynote for the event. Herchell Environmental is an engineering firm that specializes in design and planning related to hydrological issues in the gas and oil industry. Ms. Herschell discussed statistics related with the gas and oil industry, she said that by 2014 there would be 19,000 new direct jobs due to Marcellus Shale and 88,000 new jobs from indirect businesses working with the Marcellus Shale Industry. Ms. Herschell stated the Marcellus Shale Industry out-produced their estimated production for last year despite drilling only 1,400 of the 1,700 planned wells. Pennsylvania is now responsible for 18 percent of the worlds natural gas with predictions that those numbers could increase to 45 percent over the next few years. Ms. Herschell talked about using resources such as CareerLink and local vocational technical schools to get the workers trained.

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postheadericon CCEDC Launches New Real Estate Website: RigMonkeyApp.com

On August 12th at the EOG: B2B Network Day, the CCEDC officially launched its new real estate website: www.rigmonkeyapp.com.

The website features over 70 commercial and industrial properties in Clearfield County geared towards the unconventional gas industry.  Listings can be searched by property type, building size, and location.  Users can then view property specifications, pictures, the location of the property, as well as direct contact information for the seller.

Another desirable feature of RigMonkeyApp.com is the “supermap”, which displays all listings on an interactive google map. In addition, a Rig Monkey application is currently being developed for the iPhone and Android platforms.