Schlossberg, Schweyer and Browne announce funding for renovation

HARRISBURG, Aug. 8 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, and state Sen. Pat Browne announced today funding to renovate the Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority’s manufacturing site, which will provide employment opportunities and further economic development for the Lehigh Valley.

The project is supported by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, and will provide 75 full-time, manufacturing jobs once completed. The $500,000 grant will cover construction costs related to the renovation of the 52,000 square foot building at 606 S. 10th St. in Allentown and will specifically be used toward the cost of roof replacement, wall and ceiling insulation as well as new or replacement of windows and doors.

“The Allentown Metal Works is at the heart of Allentown’s manufacturing history,” Schlossberg said. “I am thrilled to work with Governor Wolf, Representative Schweyer and Senator Browne to help create jobs that pay at this location during these exciting times in Allentown.”

“Allentown Metal Works is an old fabricating building that will be brought back to life by this project,” Schweyer said. “Through the vision of the entrepreneurs that will inhabit this space, our city will see light manufacturing start-ups playing a key role in the city’s continued economic redevelopment. I look forward to working with the administration, my colleagues and our local partners to invest in job opportunities for our residents.”

“The city of Allentown continues to redevelop underutilized and unoccupied buildings and property in an effort to stimulate its economy and attract new businesses to the Commonwealth’s third-largest city," Browne said. “The RACP funding awarded today to provide space for one of Pennsylvania’s most important industries, manufacturing, and to invest and expand its footprint in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley is vital to continue Allentown’s redevelopment mission. I was pleased to work with Representatives Schweyer and Schlossberg and Governor Wolf to secure this redevelopment grant for this significant Allentown project.”

Schlossberg, Schweyer and Browne acknowledge the importance of this project, its ability to create family-sustaining manufacturing jobs in the area, and recognize the governor's commitment to creating good, middle-class jobs across the commonwealth.