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First Quality continues to lead the way in 2019

From staff reports

LOCK HAVEN –Clinton County Economic Partnership President and CEO says there are a number of positive signs and some negative ones on the economic front as the county moves into the year 2019.

He pointed to the First Quality expansion and a decision likely with the power plant in Renovo as positive signs of economic growth.

“On the other side, there’s the future with Woolrich and its buildings and we have to keep an eye on the workforce.

“There are always positives and negatives. We have to keep pushing ahead with the positives,” Flanagan said.

“Leading manufacturer First Quality tissue continues to move ahead with the construction of a third tissue machine and building at its Castanea Township operation. The year 2019 will be a busy one with up to 900 contractors on site as the company works toward an early 2020 production start date, Flanagan said.

He said Croda Inc. is projecting a $35 million investment to expand a growing product line at its Mill Hall facility in Bald Eagle Township.

“There’s continued revitalization at Lock Haven University,” Flanagan said, noting building renovations as well as a heightened marketing plan to attract more students to the Haven.

“A project underway to extend the life of the the county’s Wayne Township Landfill, and the major upgrade of Lock Haven’s sewage treatment center, will serve as two key points for future development,” he said.

On the oilfield front, Flanagan said BJ Services has moved into the former Baker Hughes site at the Lamar Township Business Park and expected to have 250 employees based out of the site — their northeast flagship facility — in 2019.

Planning for the Renovo Energy Center continues to move forward and construction could begin this year, Flanagan said.

“The Partnership strives to continue to make our county a better place to work, live and recreate. As the Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Promotion and Economic Development Agency, we work together with many partners at the local, county, state and national levels to meet our goals,” he said.

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