Vantage Holding Company, LLC has purchased the former county Exchange Building in Franklin and has expanded its healthcare operations to Venango County! The Oil Region Alliance assisted Vantage in the purchase of the building and a subsequent job fair when Vantage announced the consolidation of their various sales operations to the Franklin facility. Vantage® is a partnership among 13 non-profit hospitals in our NW PA region and has grown to 300 employees. Headquartered in Meadville, the company currently has twelve divisions that serve owner and non-owner hospitals, long term care facilities, and physician groups. Started in 1984, Vantage®’s mission is to develop partnership services, formally structured with commitment to share risk and revenue.
With the Oil Region Alliance’s assistance in securing a $500,000 grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), SMS Millcraft, located in the Oil City Industrial Park, recently constructed a 12,000 square foot addition to their existing buildings located in the park. The new addition will house SMS’s new fabrication operations and result in increased employed at the facility.
The Alliance assisted with the new western PA location of Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.’s 70,000 square foot asphalt manufacturing plant within our Barkeyville Industrial Park. This state-of-the-art facility began operations in 2007 and employs 80 seasonal positions. Further increasing their investment in Venango County, Hawbaker constructed a 15,000 square foot office building at this site in early 2009. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. runs 8 asphalt plants and 23 aggregate plants. Their corporate offices are located in State College. The company employs 1,185 employees in Pennsylvania and 1,200 people nationwide.
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
P.O. Box 135
State College, PA 16804
The Alliance worked with FedEx to identify the perfect site for their recent expansion project. With the purchase of 47 acres inside the Sandycreek Industrial Park, the Alliance was able to provide 6 acres to help FedEx expand from their 10,000 square foot facility previously located in Reno to a brand new 27,000 square foot expandable facility located within the Industrial Park. As a result, FedEx was able to retain their current workforce and has projected 15 new jobs over the next 3 years.
With the relocation of the Rapid Granulator plant from Rockford, IL, to the Conair Franklin facility, the Alliance had the exciting opportunity to facilitate the expansion of the Conair Franklin facility. Rapid Granulator developed and manufactured granulators for the in-house direct recycling of plastic waste; Conair manufacturers auxiliary equipment for the plastics industry. As a result of this relocation, Conair was renamed IPEG (International Plastics Equipment Group) and began manufacturing both Conair and Rapid products. Both Conair and Rapid were owned by IPEG as well as Moditec and Michigan Plastics Machinery. With other financial support from the Franklin Industrial & Commercial Development Authority, Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Northwest PA Regional Planning & Development Commission, IPEG was provided a $200,000 grant to ensure the retention of 150 jobs and the creation of 10 new positions at the Franklin site with more to be added over two to three years.