Harrisburg, Penn. – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that Carter Lumber has selected York County to establish its first manufacturing operation in Pennsylvania. The project will support the combined creation and retention of 212 jobs.
“It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Carter Lumber’s manufacturing operation to the York region,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is a great example of how public-private partnerships can strengthen our manufacturing sector and create new jobs for Pennsylvanians. As a former business owner in York County’s hardwoods industry, I know Carter Lumber will be right at home in this area and Pennsylvania.”
Carter Lumber’s expanding operations project includes the purchase and renovation of a 64,300-square-foot warehouse located in Penn Township Industrial Park. Renovations include expanding truck docks and parking areas, laying stone, and installing fencing to provide for additional parking and storage. The company will also renovate its existing facility to accommodate manufacturing and storage. Carter Lumber plans to purchase equipment and machinery, as well as 5.39 adjacent acres for future expansion. The company has committed to investing at least $6 million into the project, which is expected to create 35 new, full-time jobs at the new manufacturing facility and retain 177 existing jobs across the commonwealth over the next three years.
“Carter Lumber is grateful for the support of Governor Wolf, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and York County, as we expand our operations with our new manufacturing facility in Hanover,” said Jeff Donley, president of Carter Lumber. “The manufacturing done at this location will not only add jobs but will also allow us to better serve the homebuilders building homes for Pennsylvania families, now and well into the future. We are excited to get the renovations of the facility completed and to begin shipping products to those homebuilders as early as the end of this year.”
Carter Lumber received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for the project. The proposal includes a $70,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $70,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and a $15,750 workforce development grant to help the company train employees. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. Additional coordination was provided through the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA).
“We are proud to welcome Carter Lumber, one of the nation’s top building products supplier, to York County, said Kevin Schreiber, president and CEO of YCEA. “Working with Carter Lumber, we attest their values, commitment to quality and community will make it a fantastic addition to the Hanover area. It’s been a pleasure to work with them and the Governor’s Action Team throughout their expansion process. With new jobs enhancing the tax base, Carter Lumber’s new location will have a positive economic ripple effect. We are proud that they chose Pennsylvania and York County.”