Veteran-owned firm to expand in Centre County
From staff reports
BELLEFONTE – Homeland Manufacturing Services, Inc., a veteran-owned electronics manufacturer, will expand and establish a new facility in Benner Township, Centre County, supporting the creation and retention of 30 jobs in the area.
The announcement came Tuesday from Gov. Tom Wolf.
Homeland requires more production capacity to grow, and will establish a new facility in Benner Township with an initial 12,500 square feet of space.
The company said it will invest at least $1.96 million into the project, which is expected to create 10 new full-time jobs and retain a further 20 jobs over the next three years.
“As one of the fastest-growing veteran-owned private manufacturers in the U.S., we’re proud to expand right here in Centre County where we’ve been since the start,” said John Bonislawski, president and CEO of Homeland. “We appreciate the support of the Governor’s Action Team in making this expansion a reality.”
Homeland received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $13,500 grant through the WEDnet program to assist with job training costs, and was also approved for a $2.65 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) earlier this month.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, a group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership (MVEDP).
“Back in September, the MVEDP was very pleased when the PIDA board approved our organization to administer the PIDA loan program throughout all of Centre County, and in less than one month, we were involved with John Bonislawski to assist him with a PIDA loan for his expansion project,” said Stan LaFuria, executive director of the MVEDP. “We are pleased and proud to partner with the state to support this expansion project that will create jobs here in the region.”
Homeland is a veteran-owned full-service electronics manufacturing services provider created in 2011.
The company is driven by the principles of lean manufacturing and certified with a 9001:2008 quality management standard from the International Organization for Standardization, which denotes the company consistently meets customer satisfaction standards and regulatory requirements.
Homeland has extensive experience in electronics manufacturing process development and control, supply chain management, program management, quality systems, and design for manufacturability.
“Any time we can support Pennsylvania veterans in their business enterprises, it’s great news – but especially so when it means the business is creating good, reliable jobs in the manufacturing sector,” Gov. Wolf said. “Homeland has been growing in Centre County since 2011, and I applaud its decision to continue its growth right here in Pennsylvania.”
State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton-Centre, applauded the firm.
“This is great news for the region. Creating and protecting family-sustaining jobs has to be a priority for Pennsylvania’s future,” Hann said. “I am pleased that Homeland received these state funds from Gov. Tom Wolf and look forward to watching this veteran-owned company continue to expand in Centre County.”