Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Lewis Lumber and Milling, Inc., a producer of unfinished hardwood wide plank flooring, cabinet trim and components, will open its first manufacturing operation in Pennsylvania and create 100 new jobs in Pennsylvania. Clarion County.
“I am very pleased that Lewis Lumber has selected Pennsylvania as the home of its second facility,” said Governor Wolf. “Our prime Northeast location will allow the company to distribute their product with ease, and our dedicated and skilled workforce will provide them with top-notch employees. This is a great move for the company and for the community.”
Lewis Lumber has acquired a vacant facility, formerly the Sealy mattress plant, located at 16289 Rt. 322 in Clarión. The company’s investment in this project will include building renovations, new construction, and machinery and equipment.
“Pennsylvania’s hardwood and forestry industry is known for its quality and sustainability, which made selecting Clarion County as the home of our new manufacturing facility an easy choice,” said Tom Edwards, director of operations for Pennsylvania. Lewis Lumber. “Pennsylvania also provides completely different tree species and populations – northern red oaks, white oaks and white hard maples – that we need for our product lines. We look forward to a successful future in the Commonwealth.”
The business received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $340,000 Pennsylvania First grant, a $200,000 workforce development grant to help train workers, a loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) of $2 million and was encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program. Lewis Lumber has committed to creating at least 100 new jobs and investing approximately $15.2 million in the project over the next three years.
“This is the largest capital investment from a Governor’s Action Team project in Clarion County in the last seven years, and DCED is proud to have helped bring the company to Pennsylvania,” said Neil Weaver, Acting Secretary of the DCED. “Lewis Lumber will create a significant number of jobs in the region and breathe new life into a previously empty building – a win for the community, the company and the state.”
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team (GAT), an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.
Through GAT, Governor Wolf has invested more than $17.3 billion in the last seven years to support 413 completed projects, create more than 46,250 new jobs, and preserve more than 140,500 jobs for Pennsylvanians.
The Clarion County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) was also involved in the project.
“Lewis Lumber’s expansion into Clarion County is a bright sign of the opportunities surrounding manufacturing and the lumber industry here in northwestern Pennsylvania,” said Jarred Heuer, executive director of the Clarion County Economic Development Corporation. . “Lewis Lumber is a people-oriented company that should do very well to build our local economy and empower our community. CCEDC is very excited to welcome them to Clarion County.”
Founded in 2011 in Tennessee, Lewis Lumber is a family-owned business with three generations of experience in the lumber business helping create high-quality hardwood plank flooring and cabinet trim.
For more information on the Governor’s Action Team or the Department of Community and Economic Development, visit the DCED website.