State Grants Awarded in Cambria and Blair Counties

By WTAJ News

Published 07/14 2014 07:06PM

Updated 07/14 2014 07:24PM

Harrisburg - Governor Tom Corbett today announced the award of two Economic Growth Initiative (EGI) grants in Blair and Cambria counties.

The first, to JWF Industries of Cambria Country, will be used to support the expansion of its Cramer Pike facility. JWF Industries is a leading manufacturer of portable fluid storage tanks and above ground water enclosures that support the natural gas industry.

Over the last year, JWF Industries has been renovating a 160,000 square foot facility that was once a World War II munitions and rail car factory and once housed United Industrial Mechanical Services. The company looks to double the number of employees to nearly 200 workers within the next five years.

JWF Industries received a $1 million EGI in 2013. This round's grant is $1million as well.

The second EGI grant, awarded to the Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation will support the site acquisition and construction of a retail, commercial and office complex in Altoona. When completed, the location will house nearly 48,000 square foot, 12-screen theater complex, 13,000 square feet of retail space, 6,200 square feet of restaurant space, a four-story hotel and a 26,000 square foot office building.

The Altoona EGI is in the amount of $2 million. It is expected to help create and retain nearly 800 jobs and generate $1,850,000 in annual tax revenue for the area.

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