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N.J. Manufacturer Lured to South Bethlehem

Defense contractor Curtiss-Wright will invest $7 million and create 95 jobs in South Bethlehem, governor's office says.

Global engineering and manufacturing company Curtiss-Wright plans to invest $7 million and hire 95 workers when it builds a new plant in South Bethlehem, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.

Pennsylvania provided more than $2.5 million in incentives to lure the company’s Engineered Pump Division from its current location in Philipsburg, N.J., according to a news release.

The division provides a wide range of highly engineered mission critical and general service pumps for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and related maritime customers. 

The state is providing $242,750 in grants, which will be used to train the company’s new workforce. Pennsylvania is also providing a low-interest $2.375 million loan for machinery and equipment. The company is projected to create 95 jobs and retain another 766 positions throughout the state, the governor’s news release said.

“We are thrilled to be relocating our operations to the Lehigh Valley and look forward to supplying our mission-critical products and services from our new, modern manufacturing, testing, warehousing and office facility,” said Todd Schurra, the general manager of the relocating division.

The new plant will be located off of Route 412 near the Interstate 78 interchange, The Express-Times reported. The highly skilled manufacturing jobs are projected to pay $77,000 a year, about $20,000 more than the average manufacturing job in Northampton County, the newspaper reported.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, a group of economic development professionals who work directly with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Northampton County Industrial Development Authority and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. 

The legacy company of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of design and manufacturing innovation and prides itself on long-standing customer relationships. The company employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide. 

“Curtiss-Wright has a distinguished legacy in the aerospace industry and is one of the nation’s top manufacturers of pumping, propulsion, valve and control systems,” said Don Cunningham, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. “Curtiss-Wright is exactly the type of company we want to attract to the Lehigh Valley and we welcome the addition of an additional 95 full-time jobs at a good salary into the Lehigh Valley economy.” 
Linda August 15, 2013 at 03:53 PM
A lot of those numbers don't seem to add up. I want to see those $77,000 jobs. And where are the $57,000 a year jobs in Northampton County?

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