Schuylkill County moves closer to landing next big warehouse

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jan 29, 2014 2:45 PM

(Pottsville) -- Central Pennsylvania, long considered an ideal location for distribution centers, is moving closer to adding another site: Schuylkill County is hoping to make a bid for one of the largest in the region.

With the recent approval of a four million dollar loan for water connections to the Mahanoy Area Business Park project, economic development leaders are excited about the possiblities.

"It's located immediately adjacent to Interstate 81, the midpoint between Interstate 78 and Interstate 80, so ideally, it's located on the interstate system. But topographically, it's also a very friendly site," says Frank Zukas, President of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, a group focused on improving the county's business climate.

He's optimistic because he says it's one of the last good spots available in the midstate. Zukas maintains that the demand should be there.

"We're hoping there is. There was obviously several years ago, when we first plotted out the possibility for the site, but we haven't seen anything advertised, and every once in a while, a project comes through that looking for that kind of dimensions. We're hoping it will, but we obviously have the capacity to look at the site for a smaller use as well."

Zukas says the site could fit up to two million square feet in warehouse space, which could employ at least one thousand people.

But he adds other logistics must first be worked out before any companies explore moving to the business park.

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